Erick Martinez-Stucchi made his debut with the Merced College males’s soccer workforce this previous week.
The 2020 Central Valley High School grad contributed at goalkeeper in the course of the Blue Devils’ 3-0 win over Lassen College on Friday in Merced.
“Obviously, there have been jitters,” Martinez-Stucchi stated. “The final time I performed soccer was the primary spherical of state with Central Valley in (March of) 2020. I’ve been wanting ahead to this second for over a yr.”
Martinez-Stucchi was named Merced College’s beginning goalkeeper throughout warmups.
“I came upon proper earlier than the sport,” he stated. “It was very thrilling. All I needed to do was play and play at a excessive degree. I believe I did a superb job.
“Every week is a clear slate. I’m going to verify I maintain my spot. Consistency is an enormous factor. I’m going to deliver my A recreation always. As a goalkeeper, you bought to be good and understand how the opposite positions work and performance.”
Martinez-Stucchi was additionally named a workforce captain.
“I’ve been enjoying the game for a very long time,” he stated. “I’ve at all times been a really vocal participant. I wish to assume a management function know matter the place I’m at.”
Martinez-Stucchi spent the 2020-21 college yr at Modesto Junior College.
The Central Valley Conference canceled sports activities within the fall semester as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Sports impacted included soccer, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, cross nation, water polo and basketball.
“It was very irritating at first as a result of I’m at all times used to having a schedule the place I play towards completely different groups and never simply follow,” he stated. “I stayed prepared so I didn’t must prepare. I’d go on runs. I’d work out. I used to be weight-reduction plan. I used to be mentally ready.”
Martinez-Stucchi determined to depart Modesto Junior College as a result of he needed a contemporary begin.
He commutes to Merced 5 instances every week.
Practices are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 3-5 p.m.
Matches are staged on Tuesdays and Fridays.
“There’s an enormous distinction,” Martinez-Stucchi stated whereas speaking about how his mindset modified when he turned a collegiate athlete. “I’ve realized from my errors. In highschool, you will get by on the naked minimal. Once you get to varsity, you must are available in ready and work exhausting each single day. You must be constant. You must battle to your spot. It could be taken from you at any second. The coach goes to place one of the best 11 gamers on the market.”
Erick’s older brother Luis performed soccer for UC Merced.
“My plan is to impress the suitable individuals and discover a new house,” Erick stated. “All I would like is one alternative to show to a scout or coach I can play at a excessive degree. My power is my IQ of the sport. I’m a really aggressive particular person. I’ll do no matter it takes to win.”
Martinez-Stucchi is majoring in communications at Merced College.
“I need to get into sports activities media,” he stated.
Martinez-Stucchi starred on Central Valley High School’s boys soccer workforce for 3 seasons.
He helped the Hawks proceed their custom of excellence.
Martinez-Stucchi stuffed a key function as Central Valley superior to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II finals for the second yr in a row, posted a 20-5-3 general report and claimed its second consecutive Central California Conference crown (9-1-2) in the course of the 2019-20 college yr.
The Hawks positioned first on the Lancer Cup in Manteca.
Central Valley had unbeaten streaks of 14 and 9 video games.
The Hawks outscored their opponents 79-29, together with 35-8 in league play.
Martinez-Stucchi earned first-team all-CCC honors senior yr.
He was voted CCC Goalkeeper of the Year as a junior.
He was chosen to the Western Athletic Conference First Team as a sophomore.
Martinez-Stucchi was a first-team, all-WAC choice freshman yr at Ceres High School.