By Fredy Ramirez
Scoring goals is a feat all too common for senior striker Sergi Monso.
Monso steadily improved as a goal scorer until breaking out in his senior season. He led the conference with 18 regular season goals and broke the school record for goals in career at CPP while receiving NCAA Division II All-American honors for a second time.
However, the road for Cal Poly Pomona’s all-time leading scorer encompassed many obstacles. His journey began almost 6,000 miles away in Barcelona, Spain.
Growing up, his father mentored him in all things soccer and passed down the passion that came along with the sport. They attended soccer games often as one of the most renowned soccer clubs in the world played in their town.
He first kicked a ball at age 3, and when he entered school, Monso joined a club team and practiced after school. He always played in the highest division with kids older than him. He joined because playing with his friends brought him joy. The thought of advancing to the next level never occurred to him.
“It was my senior year of high school when I wanted to really be a soccer player and play at a higher level of competition,” Monso said.
On his club team, F.C. Damm, Monso faced his first set of obstacles. He argued with the coach constantly because he thought he knew it all. Looking back now, Monso acknowledges his immaturity.
“I’m talking to myself when I was 17 and I would tell myself, ‘you’re stupid,'” Monso said as he burst into laughter. “I was young, and I thought that I was right all the time. I was just immature at the time.”
Monso left his club team for another where the level of competition and challenge dropped. He finished his high school career playing for Hospitalet and went to college in Spain. Little did he know, his time in Spain would be limited.
“I had the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, and I decided to take it,” Monso said.
Monso traveled to the United States where he faced another set of obstacles. He landed in North Carolina where the culture change proved to be a difficult adjustment.
“My first year was hard. The soccer team wasn’t good, and it was really cold. I don’t like cold weather,” Monso said. “It wasn’t the perfect environment to grow as a soccer player, but I definitely grew as a person.”
Brevard College proved too different from his homeland of Spain. Monso felt homesick and began looking for a change of scenery. He began to look for other schools that would challenge him on the field and off. He stumbled upon CPP and transferred in the summer.
“Sergi was a very good soccer player before he came here,” said coach Adam Reeves.
“The challenge with Sergi was that he came from a program that wasn’t successful. That’s why he decided to come be a Bronco. At the same time Sergi needed to be mentally pushed and challenged all the time.”
The coaching staff challenged Monso during games and practices. He responded with nothing short of his best effort. He fit in perfectly in his new home.
“You just knew his personality and the way he was as a person was going to be a match for the team,” said teammate and friend Jason Trejos.
David Wilson / The Poly Post
Monso set the school’s career scoring record this year
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