Acosta signs with Coffeyville Community College

Friday, July 6, 2012
Marshall County High School senior Andres Acosta (front row, second from the right) signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Coffeyville Community College last Thursday at Q's Casa Mexican Restaurant in Lewisburg. Also pictured with Acosta are (front row, left to right) Marshall County principal Keith Stacey, grandmother Margarita Bravo, cousin Sevion Campbell, Marshall County soccer coach Lisa Raffo, (back row, left to right) aunt Gisela Cazares Bravo, cousin Belen Luque, aunt Eli Campbell, and uncle Quentin Campbell. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Marshall County High School soccer player Andres Acosta parlayed a brilliant senior season into a college scholarship when he signed a letter of intent to play at Coffeyville Community College on Thursday night at Q's Casa Mexican Restaurant in Lewisburg.

Acosta became the second MCHS athlete to sign with the Kansas based school in the last four and a half months, joining Tiger football standout Trevor Irizarry, who set Marshall County's single season rushing record this past Fall.

A three-time All-District selection, Acosta started at defensive fullback his sophomore year and helped the Tigers post a 10-2-1 record. Acosta scored twice during the 2010 campaign while Marshall County registered six shutouts and allowed just 15 goals the entire year en route to capturing the District 11-A-AA regular season title and earning a berth in the Region 6-A-AA tournament.

With MCHS losing leading scorers Christian Ibarra and Luke Worthy, Acosta moved to striker his junior year and quickly took to the position, as he tallied a team high 18 goals during the 2011 season and helped guide the Tigers to a second place finish in the District.

Acosta then rose to even greater heights his senior year by scoring a single season school record 40 goals in 2012, which included 10 goals in four playoff games, while Marshall County notched a 13-5-2 record. After finishing tied for second in the District with Community during the regular season, the Tigers claimed their first ever District tournament title before suffering a heart breaking 3-2 overtime loss to Fairview in the first round of the Region tourney.

"Andres has always contributed and has a great work ethic. He's been a leader not just vocally, but by example," said MCHS coach Lisa Raffo. "I knew he was a good player, but I was surprised with how well he did this year. He actually could have scored more, but he's an unselfish player and tried to get his teammates involved. He's progressed a lot since his sophomore year."

Acosta will likely play striker at Coffeyville and joins a Raven program that finished with a 15-2-2 record last year after sharing the Jayhawk Conference title with eventual NJCAA national champion Cloud County.

"Coffeyville's coach told me that he believes Andres will help put them over the top," said Raffo. "He has a great knowledge of the game and a willingness to do whatever it takes to put the ball in the net. He's a very tough and savvy player."

Acosta also received interest from several other schools, including Martin Methodist College and JUCO soccer powers Georgia Perimeter College and Schoolcraft College, but chose Coffeyville because they were the first ones to offer him a full scholarship.

"(Coffeyville) offered me everything and I liked their coaching staff. I figured it was a good place to go because they have a winning program," said Acosta. "I just want to say thank you to my whole family, my coaches, and my teammates for helping me to achieve this."

If Acosta continues to improve at his current pace, he should contribute to the Ravens success over the next two years.