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Adding Araya to the list

Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2010

In last week's Sunday edition, we printed a story about the success of Blaine Carver, a 2010 Soldotna High School graduate who is playing soccer at Seattle Pacific University.

He is playing quite well, actually, becoming the conference freshman of the year and finishing second on the team in goals scored after suffering a torn meniscus just weeks before training camp. It was reported in the piece that no men's player from the Kenai Peninsula had played Division II soccer before Carver.

To set the record straight, however, there was another stellar athlete who played in the area and advanced to D-II ball.

Jose Araya, who played soccer and graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2004, played collegiately at Montana State University-Billings.

Araya came to the area as a foreign exchange student from Costa Rica, joining the Kardinals upon arrival and staying aboard until he graduated.

He earned a scholarship to play for the Yellowjackets of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Coincidentally, that's the same conference to which Carver currently belongs as a member of the Falcons of SPU.

Soccer records are spotty here on the peninsula, a region not known for producing a lot of college-level talent on the pitch, and sometimes a great player slips under the radar.

We do our best to gather information, in an accurate fashion, but sometimes discrepancies happen. We also do our best to talk to coaches and others in the area who would know local soccer history the best, but putting the paper out in the community remains the ultimate test of historical accuracy. We thank readers for setting us straight once again.



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