For old time’s sake
The 1997 men’s soccer team came from several states and Sweden to participate in an alumni game on Sept. 14 against the current varsity team. The men, now professionals in the fields of law, medicine, physical therapy, education, business and science, wanted to play together as a team one more time...with the familiar sounds of the national anthem, music, announcements and cheers of the crowd. This time, there was even a locker room to change in; something they didn’t have as students. The team finished the 1997 season as SCIAC champions and ranked seventh in the nation, losing their final game to Mary Washington on a free kick in Mt. Clef Stadium. Luis Alcaraz ’00, Edwin Astudillo ’97 and Jose Melgoza ’00 were named All Americans during their careers at CLU.
Back row from left: Head coach Dan Kuntz, Brian Collins ’98 (finance and mortgages), Luis Alcaraz ’00 (elementary school teacher), Craig Chelius ’01 (biotech industry), Dharma Clement ’99 (business), Sebastian Alvarado ’99 (soccer coach and Spanish teacher), Oskar Kantoft ’99 (finance/Sweden), Robert Spang ’98 (physical therapy), assistant coach Josh Parker
Front row: Scott Porter ’00 (recruiter/business), Graig Sakuma ’01 (physical education teacher), Jeff Smilen ’98 (insurance industry), Jose Melgoza ’00 (sheriff and business), Juan Alcantar ’99 (physician), Charlie Noble ’99 (sales), Edwin Astudillo ’97 (attorney)