by Cerwin D Haynes
After just one year at East Los Angeles College, midfielder Damian Lira-Martinez has accepted a scholarship offer to Bethany College. A private liberal arts college in Bethany, West Virginia, it is located about 40 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and five miles east of the Ohio state border.
Assistant coach Ramon Rivas says the college has been looking for talent in the SoCal area, and Lira-Martinez was able to catch their eye. "Damian Lira was a player that gave 110% every game," says Coach Rivas. The midfielder's "...work ethic on [and] off the field was praised by players and coaches. He never back[ed] down from pressure."
The freshman midfielder/center appeared in nine game for the Huskies this past season, starting two games and recording five shots on goal. "He was an essential part of our center midfield," Rivas states. "His technical ability and vision of the field made our attackers job much easier."
Although Lira-Martinez will be moving on, he'll still stay true to green-and-white: Bethany College shares the same colors as ELAC. Rivas and the other team coaches wish him well on the next stop of his collegiate journey: "Remember: once a Husky, always a Husky!"
Bethany College is an NCAA Division-III school, a member of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.