Marco Manzo and Jesus “Chuy” Ochoa were teammates on the 2014 Vintage High School boys soccer team, which had a 19-1-3 record and won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title.
Manzo was a freshman and Ochoa a senior at the time.
They are teammates once again, this time for a Napa Valley College men’s soccer team, which with two games still to go in the regular season, has already clinched the Bay Valley Conference title.
“They play every minute of each match, unless we’re up by a couple, and then maybe we can give them a little break,” Napa Valley coach Rogelio Ochoa said at Tuesday’s practice. “But they’re the ones that can stay on the field, again to control the tempo of the game, whether we’re up or whether we’re tied.
“It’s just having that presence that is good to have on a team.”
Manzo, a freshman, is a center attacking midfielder. Ochoa, a sophomore who played on NVC’s 2016 team, is a center back-defensive midfielder.
The Napa Valley College men’s soccer team went into the 2019 season as the two-time defending Bay Valley Conference champions.
So far, the Storm is still looking for its first win, having taking on the assignment of facing a very tough lineup of nonconference opponents.
Rogelio Ochoa isn’t done for the day after teaching Spanish classes at Napa High School.
Ochoa, who is in his eighth year on the staff at Napa High, has two other jobs.
He is the head men’s soccer coach at Napa Valley College, which began its season in August.
He is also the head coach for Napa Valley 1839 FC, a third-year local men’s amateur soccer team which plays in the National Premier Soccer League West Region Conference.