Solis' scoring sparks squad
Knack around goal box keys playoff hopes
Marco Solis plays a key role for the men’s soccer team and has scored nine goals this season. George Morin / The Advocate
Scoring a goal is the first thing that comes to mind when Comet forward Marcos Solis has possession of the ball.
While Contra Costa College men's soccer team has struggled to score goals in the first half of the season, Solis has been able to find a way to put the ball in the net. So far this season Solis has scored nine of the Comets' 19 goals.
"He finishes up top and completes the game," Comet midfielder/forward Alex Ojeda said. "He is a finisher."
Solis began the 2012 season as a midfielder, but the Comets faced a lack of roster depth as well as a rash of injuries. Comet coach Rudy Zeller said that he discovered Solis' natural ability to score, and moved him to the forward position. Since that move CCC's offense has improved
"The third or fourth game we used him as a midfielder then moved him to striker," Zeller said, "(Scoring goals) is what he's good at. He is our striker."
Zeller said Solis struggled adjusting to his new position at first, but he started to gain confidence when he scored his first goal of the season against Napa Valley College.
"He is now scoring a goal a game," Zeller said. " In soccer that is great."
Despite CCC beginning the season 0-8, Solis' ability to score goals has benefited the Comets (5-10-1 overall, 5-2-1 in the BVC) as the team currently sits in the second place in the BVC.
Prior to the Comet non-conference loss against Shasta College on Friday, Solis had been able to score three game-winning goals during the squad's four-game winning streak.
"He is the most skilled player on the team," Zeller said. "Without Marcos we wouldn't be where we are right now"
Solis seems to have a knack of being at the right place to attempt a shot on goal. His passion for scoring motivates him to keep scoring goals.
"I'm just hungry (to score)," Solis said. "(That hunger) drives me to score."
Comets midfielder Griffin Piper said that Solis is creative around the goal box and that is what makes him a great player.
Despite playing for the Comets, Solis, 20, currently attends Diablo Valley College.
Since CCC is the only college in the Contra Costa Community College District that has a soccer team, athletes who attend sister colleges DVC and Los Medanos College can play for the Comets.
Solis, a San Francisco native, graduated from John Swett High School in 2010. He said as a child he was raised watching soccer and he began playing when he was 6 years old.
"I was raised watching the game of soccer and I (found a) love (for) it," Solis said.
Comet midfielder Romario Pena said, "He is a humble player and knows that he could not score all of those goals without the help from his team."
Solis said that he is a team player because every player contributes to a goal.
"What I love about the sport is I can meet new friends and they can become family," Solis said. "It is a team effort and the reason why we are winning is because of the team."
Several teammates say that Solis is an upbeat guy and a jokester.
Piper said Solis likes to have fun and does not get mad at his team's mistakes.
"He brings energy at practice and never gets pissed at anybody," Piper said.
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