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Colleges Compete for Senior Soccer Player Julio Rubio

By Erik Botello

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Five top-notch schools competed for Dos Pueblos senior Julio Rubio after he helped Santa Barbara Soccer Club win 18 games in multiple tournaments to be crowned national champions last summer.

Rubio recently committed to the University of Seattle after being courted by Cal Poly SLO, Westmont, Occidental College and Azusa Pacific.

“I committed to Seattle because I have two former teammates playing there, they have a great soccer program, and the university is in the heart of Seattle,” said Rubio.

In a Channel League match where his team particularly needed a win, Rubio stepped up by dribbling the ball through several defenders and drew a penalty at the last minute of the game to tie and stay in the championship hunt.

“Julio is a hard worker and makes everything look easy,” said senior soccer captain Tim Heiduk. “He spends time after practice perfecting his craft. It’s a joy watching him play, having great technique with the ball. He shows tremendous passion for the game.”

Rubio played a significant role for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club national championship team.

“Julio is a great guy whom I’ve been playing with for four years,” said Nathan Garcia, Rubio’s teammate. “And through these four years, I have to say it was a great run. Playing with such a creative mind makes it easier and makes you strive to be as good as him.”

Rubio played at DP his first three years of high school, but this year he is taking his talents to play for Real SoCal Academy.

“Rubio was a dedicated member if our program since his freshman year,” said head soccer coach Matt York. “His work ethic and skill are on a level I’ve rarely seen as a head and assistant coach. There are times in games when he will do things on the field that makes you stand back and appreciate its beauty.”

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2 Responses to “Colleges Compete for Senior Soccer Player Julio Rubio”

  1. Carina on December 8th, 2014 10:05 PM

    Way to go Julio! I am so proud of your hard work and dedication. All the best in Seattle. I know you are off to even better things!

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  2. lenita from goleta on December 9th, 2014 10:00 AM

    love Julio wished he would have played football for us this year. great kid 🙂

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