12 - Kevin Venegas
Kevin Venegas
Birth Date: 07/29/1989
Height: 5-10
Weight: 150
Year: Senior
Hometown: Lakewood, CA
High School: Los Alamitos HS
Position: MF
Experience: 3V

CSF: Kevin Venegas developed into a primary offensive force in 2010 after flashes of scoring as an underclassman... Is rated No. 98 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's list of the top 100 collegiate senior professional prospects... Second on the team with 7 goals and shared the Big West Conference lead with 4 game-winning scores -- Sept. 19 vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 13 at Cal State Northridge, Oct. 16 vs. Hope International and Nov. 10 at UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament... Earned first-team All-Big West honors... Fourth in the conference with his 7 goals and tied for fifth with his 17 points... One of only two Titans (with Mark Nelson) to start all 21 matches... As a true freshman in 2008 he appeared in 18 matches, 14 as a starter... He had 12 shots on goal and one score at Air Force on Sept. 12... Also had 1 assist... In 2009 he appeared in 17 of the 19 matches, starting 12 times... He again had 2 goals -- both at UC Riverside on Oct. 21 in a 2-2 tie... with 13 shots on goal... The second score came on a penalty kick... He has excelled on the pitch and in the classroom... Won scholar-athlete awards and helped high school team win three consecutive Sunset League championships... Quick, creative player with the dribble or the pass... Switched his jersey number from 27 to 12 after one season.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity letterman at Los Alamitos High School... Three-time first-team All-Sunset League selection... Twice made second-team All-CIF... Made first-team Orange County All-Stars... Won team awards as most improved (sophomore year), coaches award (junior year) and offensive player of the year (senior year) for Coach Donovan Martinez... Scored 19 goals with 19 assists in his career.

CLUB: Fullerton Rangers and Cypress FC.

PERSONAL: Born on July 29, 1989, in Norwalk, California... Parents are James and Michelle Venegas of Lakewood, California... Has an older brother (Dustin) and an older sister (Jamie)... Undeclared major who hopes to go into business management... Is a distant cousin of major league infielder Nomar Garciaparra... There's also a canonized saint in his family tree who drew the family to Rome for a ceremony... Enjoys video games, bowling, fishing and ping pong... Credits Scott Goldman for increasing his skill and lifting him to the next level of play.

CAREER STATISTICS:

2008: 18 matches, 14 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 points

2009: 17 matches, 12 starts, 2 goals (1/1 penalty kicks), 1 assist, 5 points

2010: 21 matches, 21 starts, 7 goals (1/2 penalty kicks), 3 assists, 17 points

TOTALS: 56 matches, 47 starts, 10 goals (2/3 penalty kicks), 5 assists, 25 points