Miguel Villaseñor is coming to OUAZ.
That's Ottawa University in Arizona, where his late step-brother Eddie Aguilar also signed on to play collegiate soccer two years ago.
"I want to finish his journey," said Villaseñor during his letter-of-intent signing to play for the Spirits of the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association's Garden State Athletic Conference.
The Sierra High senior had a break out year for the two-time reigning Valley Oak League champion Timberwolves. Villaseñor scored 26 goals for Joe Pires’ team and was named all-league MVP.
Villaseñor did so in honor of Aguilar, a 2017 Sierra graduate who died in a single-car accident in September 2017 while attending OUAZ. Sierra’s jerseys have Aguilar’s No. 11 on the sleeves.
Villaseñor had some initial doubts of playing for the Spirits and also considered UC Merced and Stanislaus State.
But then OUAZ came in made him an offer.
The Central Valley has been a hot bed for Ottawa, which had its inaugural season for men’s soccer in 2017. Weston Ranch standout Robbie Gonzalez has also signed for the Spirits, joining the likes of Giovanni Ruelas (East Union), David Lopez (Sierra) and Victor De La O (Ripon High).
"I know a lot of my brother's teammates," said Villasñnor, who played with and against Gonzalez.
Lopez is also a good friend.
Villaseñor, who plans to major in Business, was joined by his father Miguel Villaseñor and step-mother Maribel Mendoza along with other family members, teammates, coaches and school administrators during his official signing day held in the school library.