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Soccer notes: Granite Bay makes boys coaching change

Steve Fischer, who started the highly successful boys soccer program at Granite Bay High School when it opened in 1996, has been replaced by longtime Placer United Soccer Club coach Paul O’Brien.

“We are excited to have Paul join the Granite Bay athletic program and look forward to his continuing the winning legacy established by Steve Fischer,” said Tim Healy, Granite Bay’s athletic director, in a release. “As we congratulate Paul on his new job, we also want to thank Steve for his commitment to the hundreds of players he coached and his success in building a powerhouse program.”

O’Brien has coached for more than 30 years, including the past 16 at Placer United. Placer United’s director of operations also served as a Major League Soccer combine assistant coach in 2013 and a San Jose Earthquakes regional development schools coach from 2010 to 2013.

Fischer, 55, compiled a record of 311-71-54 and won four Sac-Joaquin Section championships and 11 Sierra Foothill League titles during his 18 seasons at Granite Bay.

Fischer’s last section championship team beat rival Jesuit 2-1 in overtime in the 2013 Division I finale.

In winning the 2010 D-II title, Granite Bay finished undefeated at 26-0-1, ranked No. 5 nationally and featured three future MLS players in Ryan Hollingshead, Connor Hallisey and Tommy Thompson.

Fischer also won two boys section titles at Oakmont.

With more than 430 victories, Fischer is believed to be second only to Jesuit’s Paul Rose for area boys soccer wins. Rose is the state’s all-time leader with 733.

Aggie finds a home – Former UC Davis star defender Ramon Martin Del Campo has signed a two-year contract with the Costa Rican club team Saprissa.

Martin Del Campo trained with the club during its preseason in January, as well as Tijuana Xolos in Liga MX, before signing a contract with MLS. But a poor MLS combine performance led to Martin Del Campo being bypassed in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

He spent time earlier this year training with the Los Angeles Galaxy but did not receive a contract offer.

Founded in 1935, Saprissa has won 31 Primera Division de Costa Rica championships. It has also won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup three times, the last in 2005. The club also finished third at the 2005 FIFA World Club Championship.

A third-team All-Far West Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a second-team All-Big West choice, Martin Del Campo spent the summer of his senior season training and playing with the United States U-23 Men’s National Team. He had an assist in a friendly against the Bahamas Senior Men’s National Team ‑ a match the U.S. won 5-1.

Former Troubadour sidelined – The Women’s World Cup in Canada is bittersweet for Ariana Calderon.

The 2008 St. Francis High School graduate was on the Mexican national team roster before the tournament, but the 25-year-old isn’t playing because of a rib injury.

But Calderon already has collected one highlight-reel moment from her national team experience. She scored Mexico’s only goal on a header from a free kick in the 39th minute of a 5-1 loss to the United States in a friendly match May 17 in Los Angeles. Calderon’s shot beat late-arriving goalkeeper Hope Solo and ended her shutout streak at five matches.

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