By Natalia Achucarro
Christian Gonzalez Diaz never imagined that embarking on a new sport at age 10 would lead him to become a college athlete with the title of lead goal scorer.
Not only for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer team, but for the entire California Collegiate Athletic Association Conference.
Gonzalez Diaz, a third-year communication student, currently holds the lead goal scoring title with a total of eight goals this season, averaging 0.53 goals per game.
He began playing soccer based on his own drive to get involved in a sport.
“I started playing soccer at age 10,” said Gonzalez Diaz. “I took the initiative and told my dad I wanted to play soccer.
“It was something that I [became] good at, and I kept playing and kept going with the sport.”
Gonzalez Diaz has played multiple positions, including center midfield, attacking midfield and striker.
However, his primary position for the Broncos and his favorite is forward.
“My favorite position is playing the point forward, because the ball has to find a way to get to me,” said Gonzalez Diaz. “The main purpose is to score, and by scoring, you win.”
Gonzalez Diaz transferred to CPP from Cal State Northridge, where he played under then-head coach Yossi Raz.
He then followed Raz from Northridge to CPP to play for him yet again.
Thus far, the men’s soccer team has only lost ne game, and Gonzalez Diaz is proud of how the season is turning out.
“[This] season has been remarkable,” said Gonzalez Diaz. “It’s always a great feeling being undefeated and watching our hard work pay off. I’m just happy to be a part of the team and the program.
“I’m even more happy seeing that the results are showing how hard we work.”
He believes that his contributions to the team and greatest talent are putting the ball behind the net.
“As a player, I think my finishing is my biggest strength,” said Gonzalez Diaz. “It only takes me one or two opportunities to score.”
However, Gonzalez Diaz says that his success correlates with teamwork.
“It’s a great feeling to score and be the lead goal scorer in conference,” said Gonzalez Diaz. “Scoring goals means a lot to me because it shows I’m working hard.
“If it weren’t for other players, I wouldn’t be scoring the way I have been. It truly is a team effort.”
He wants to continue to focus on the future of the team, and to finish the season off strong.
“Every game we focus on the next game ahead of us,” said Gonzalez Diaz. “I just want to continue making history in Pomona the way we have been.
“The chemistry, culture and wanting to win every game is what’s going to get us to that next level.”
Midfielder Adi Azran, a second-year business administration student, shares how Gonzalez Diaz is as a teammate and friend.
“He is a good teammate on the field, and more importantly, a good person off of it too,” said Azran. “You can see the passion and love he has for the game and winning.
“It’s great to have him here at CPP.”
Alison Sauve, a fourth-year communication student and captain of the CPP women’s soccer team, believes that Gonzalez Diaz is a solid athlete and asset to the men’s team.
“He is quick and explosive, which allows him to get in behind the defense and put the ball in the back of the net,” said Sauve. “He’s a great player and makes a huge impact on each and every game that he plays.”
Courtesy Matt Brown / Bronco Athletics
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