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Manteca’s Porter the newest Otter at Monterey Bay

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Manteca’s Porter the newest Otter at Monterey Bay

Manteca High senior soccer player Amanda Porter signed a national letter of intent to join Cal State Monterey Bay alongside her parents, Brian and Emily, at home Friday afternoon.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin


POSTED May 23, 2009 2:28 a.m.
Manteca High senior Amanda Porter signed her national letter of intent to join head soccer coach Artie Cairel at Cal State Monterey Bay Friday afternoon.

Porter, a four-year starter for the Buffaloes, first caught Cairel’s attention in a contest against Sierra High this season.

Cairel and Porter’s club coach, Kevin Vietor, attended high school together and it was Vietor who introduced the Otters’ head coach to Porter and her parents.

After Porter traveled to Monterey to take in a practice, the Buffalo was impressed with what she saw.

“When we watched (Cairel) coaching I noticed he was very competitive,” Porter said. “Then when we talked he spoke about his plan and what he wants to accomplish next season. I’m very competitive, I don’t like losing and it seemed like he was the same way.”
Once Cairel offered a p
artial athletic scholarship, Porter was on board.

Monterey Bay, which competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference along Stanislaus State, UC San Diego and San Francisco State, among others, carries what Cairel calls a “competition squad” comprised of 25 players competing for a starting spot.

A group of 10 other players will redshirt next season.
Porter says that Cairel has tabbed her as ready for the competition squad, and that she will compete for playing time right away.

“I’m just going to go and do my best,” Porter said. “If I do get to play as a freshman, it will be an honor. But I’m not expecting anything, I just want to do my best and we’ll see what happens.”

Brian Porter was a big part of his daughter’s ascension through the sport, having coached her at the club level.

Throughout her many years with the Manteca Rangers, one year with the Modesto Ajax and the four spent at Manteca High, Brian says Porter’s biggest asset was her versatility.

“Amanda played three years of defense (at Manteca), then played midfield toward the end of her junior year,” he said. “This year she played sweeper, stopper, midfield, forward — where ever they needed her.”

Porter is a gifted trapper and passer with an exceptional awareness for the game and a relentless competitive streak which complements her reputation as a team-first player.

“I like midfield, but I pretty much can play anywhere,” Porter said. “I just love the game. I love being out there.”

When she’s not on the pitch at Monterey, Porter says she’ll be spending her time studying marine biology or possibly psychology with a minor in childhood development.

“I just want to thank my parents and my coaches,” Porter said. “(Buffaloes head coach Justin) Coenenberg. My dad and Kevin. And Johnny (Avila) for the first three years (at Manteca).”

Rebuilding was the name of the game for the Otters in 2008, as Monterey finished 2-17, and 1-13 in CCAC play.

Porter will join Sierra High graduate Cheri Schwanke as well as Beyer High’s Sarah Alderson, who will both be seniors next season.
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