STOCKTON — Isaac Loza is looking to bring his positive attitude to Ottawa University in Arizona.
On Wednesday, the Weston Ranch High senior signed his letter of intent to play soccer for the Spirits of the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association's Garden State Athletic Conference.
He'll join his Cougar teammate Robbie Gonzalez and Sierra High's Miguel Villasenor as the group of newcomers to the OUAZ program coached by Matt Gow. Loza was named to the All-Valley Oak League second team after helping the squad place second behind Villasenor and the Timberwolves.
"I'm very excited at playing (soccer) at another level," said Loza, who is the son of Hilda and Jorge Loza.
His parents and other family members along with his Weston Ranch teammates and coaches were in attendance at the special signing event held in the school library.
"He's a great player," said Cougars coach Francisco Cisneros of his standout defender. "Isaac often brought out team together with his positive attitude."
It was Cisneros' winning program that attracted Loza from Venture Academy to Weston Ranch, which was also closer to home, right before his junior year.
And when OUAZ sought him out, he knew he made the right choice.
Prior to that, Loza, who is looking to major in Biology while playing for the Spirits, was leaning towards Delta College and few other small schools to play to soccer.