High School Sports

October 31, 2008

MARK WIEGAND: Local college athlete of the Week

Modesto JC soccer

Having achieved one goal this year, becoming the Pirates' starting goalkeeper, Wiegand is hoping for one more. Modesto (7-8-4) is chasing a Northern California playoff berth.

"We're trying to finish above .500," Wiegand said. "We've had a few slip-ups here and there. It would be a major thing to make playoffs. I believe we can."

Wiegand said he approaches each game as if it's his last, something he credits to winning the keeper's job against tough competition. Peer pressure also keeps the sophomore on his toes.

"Last season wasn't the best. I had a few mistakes," Wiegand said. "That's what I didn't want this year. I've let my guys down before and I didn't want that to happen again."

Wiegand, who has four shutouts, was credited by assistant coach Josh Berbena for giving the Pirates a chance to win many games. MJC ended in a 1-1 draw with NorCal power Santa Rosa on Oct. 10, the same team they end the Big 8 Conference season with Nov. 14.

-- KELLY JONES

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