Sept. 4: vs. Western Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 6: vs. Bethany, 7 p.m.California Collegiate Athletic Association
Sept. 10: at San Francisco State, 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 12: at Cal State Monterey Bay, 2 p.m.
Sept. 17: vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19: vs. Cal Poly Pomona, 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 24: vs. Sonoma State, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26: vs. Humboldt State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 1: vs. Cal State L.A., 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 3: vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 8: at Humboldt State, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 10: at Sonoma State, 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 15: at Cal State East Bay, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17: at UC San Diego, 2 p.m.
Oct. 22: vs. Cal State Monterey Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 24: vs. San Francisco State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 27: at Chico State, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 30: vs. Chico State, 7 p.m.
Victor Regalado said something on the first day of practice that is a reflection of his team’s mindset entering the 2010 season.
Just because he wore the same red and black practice uniform as his teammates on Monday didn’t mean the senior forward is unable to stand out. He’s carrying a load of accolades after an impressive 2009 campaign, one in which he led the California Collegiate Athletic Association in scoring on his way to the conference’s offensive MVP award.
But he’s not thinking about the past.
Nor are his teammates.
“It’s just another year,” Regalado said. “I’ll take it as it comes. I’m not trying to meet the same goals as I did last year. I’m just trying to take it a game at a time. We’re trying to do the same thing here. It’s not about an individual. That’s the way I look at it.”
No matter which way any of the Warriors look at it, there’s a lot to expect this season.
In 2009, Stanislaus had one of the best seasons in school history. The Warriors broke a plethora of school records and managed to contend for a postseason berth, and they did it all under coach Dana Taylor, who arrived on the Stanislaus campus last summer with 10 years of experience at Oregon State of the Pac-10.
They went 11-6-2 in the CCAA last season — the Warriors’ first 10-plus win season during the CCAA era, and it was the winningest season overall since 1991, when that team earned an 11-6-1 record.
Despite all the success, Taylor is eager to get this season started.
“Each opponent brings something different,” he said, “and a forecast would be poor on my end. I’ve been at this for 17 years, so I’ve learned you just can’t forecast anything. We’re gonna worry about ourselves, be concerned about getting better and controlling (what we can control), and keeping ourselves as healthy as we can.”
He doesn’t even like to single out a player when he talks about the Warriors. When asked what it means to have returner Regalado, who also became the program’s first All-American, the coach was only able to say these words: “It’s a positive.” That was it.
But there are other returning players who earned all-conference honors last season. Midfielder Edgar Santana earned a second-team nod and goalkeeper Javier Rosales received an honorable mention after finishing with 59 saves and four shutouts.
But again, Taylor and his Warriors are just going to take it game by game.
Their first contest is Sept. 4, when they take on Western Washington in nonconference action at the 2-year-old Warrior Stadium.
And their first CCAA game is at San Francisco State on Sept. 10.
“We have to move forward,” Taylor said. “And everything about the program has to be a step higher.”
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