By Joe Naiman
Morgen Schmidt, a senior, concluded his Ramona High School soccer career March 9 in the Southern California College Soccer Showcase senior all-star game.
“It was flattering,” Schmidt said of his selection to the senior all-star game.
“It was cool to see all the high-level players from all around the county,” Schmidt said. “I liked it a lot. I was really happy I got to go.”
The all-star game at Great Oak High School in Temecula featured the San Diego County all-stars and the Inland Empire all-stars and utilized three 45-minute periods. The Inland Empire all-stars won by a 6-2 score.
“It was pretty competitive,” Schmidt said.
The game was tied at a goal apiece after the 23rd minute, but between the 26th and 31st minutes the Inland Empire scored three times.
“He really represented the school and our team well,” Ramona High coach Michael Jordan said of Schmidt.
Schmidt saw significant action on the field.
“I got to play a good 45 minutes,” he said.
“Morgen got some really good playing time,” commented Jordan.
Schmidt had made the commute from Ramona to Temecula for 2-1/2 years to play with the Temecula-based Arsenal club.
“I recognized a few faces,” he said.
Schmidt, a midfielder, led the Bulldogs with 14 assists during the 2012-13 season while scoring 11 goals. Ramona finished the season with a 20-3-3 record, including an 8-1-1 Valley League record which placed second in the league standings.
“It was a great year for us. We had a lot of success. Something to remember for Ramona High School,” Schmidt said.