From 2012 through 2016, the Cerritos College women’s soccer team won five consecutive CCCAA State Championships, and along with it, four United Soccer Coaches National Championships. In both 2018 and 2017, the Falcons were poised to make a bid for another state title, but were defeated in the 3rd Round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs both season. In 2018, they were eliminated on penalty kicks by San Bernardino Valley College, while they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Santa Barbara City College in 2017. With Ruben Gonzalez as head coach for the last 14 seasons, the Falcons have captured seven state championships and have been named the national champions five times. The five consecutive state titles set a new CCCAA State Record, breaking the old mark of four in a row by Long Beach City, who won four titles in a row from 2000-2003. They clinched their fifth straight state championship in 2016 with a 2-0 overtime win over Diablo Valley College. The teams were scoreless after the first 90 minutes, with the Falcons scoring once in each of the overtime periods to secure the championship.
In 2018, they went through the regular season undefeated and were 22-0-0 heading into the 3rd Round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs. They set a pair of new school records for defense with the most shutouts (20) and least amount of goals allowed in a year (2). Additionally, sophomore Sydney Carr set a new school record with a state-leading 47 goals, and posted a school-record 114 points. Additionally, sophomore goalkeeper Deisy Rodriguez was in goal for all 20 shutouts, which is also a new school record, and she allowed just one goal all season.
During the 2016 campaign, the team saw their 50-match unbeaten streak (47-0-3), which dated back to 2014, come to an end with a 2-0 loss to Fresno City College. Since 2012, Gonzalez has led the Falcons to a 135-6-8 record (.933 winning percentage). Prior to the season-ending loss in 2017, Gonzalez had also led his team to 27-match post-season winning streak, which also goes back to the 2012 season. Back in 2008, Gonzalez – now in his 15th season - led the Falcons to their first-ever national title and their multiple state championships are the third time they’ve accomplished that feat. Cerritos won their first-ever state title in 2007 and were ranked #2 at the end of the year.
Along with their five straight CCCAA State Championship, Gonzalez has been named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year three times, while he was selected the West Region Coach of the Year in five of the years his team has won the state title. He’s also been selected the South Coast Conference Coach of the Year in seven of the last nine years and eight times in his career. During his 13-year tenure, Gonzalez has guided his teams to the South Coast Conference championship in the last 12 seasons, while he has compiled a remarkable 306-21-20 (.911) record, while they are 152-8-11 (.924) in conference play.
In each of his seasons as head coach, Gonzalez has led the team to the Southern California Regional Playoffs, while the team has won 20 or more games each season. In his inaugural year, they won their first playoff game in the program’s history, while they came within one win of advancing to the state tournament his second year. The team went from 20 wins in 2006 (ranked #19 in the country) to 22 in 2007 (ranked #15 in the country), 24 (ranked #2 in the country) in 2007 and then their unbeaten record and national title in 2008. They won a school-record 24 games in 2007, tied that win total in 2013 and have finished with 23 wins in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to coming to Cerritos, Gonzalez spent three seasons serving as the head women’s soccer coach at Rio Hondo College and led them to two Foothill Conference championships and a combined 44-11-1 overall record. In addition, his conference record was a remarkable 32-3-1, as the team won their conference championship in his first and third year, while they placed second the other season. His combined coaching record at both colleges is 350-32-21 (.895), while he is 184-11-12 (.918) in conference play.
Gonzalez played his college soccer at Cal State University, Los Angeles from 1989-92 under the direction of former World Cup International Mexican National Team player Leonardo Cuellar. In two of his seasons at CSULA, the college played at the Division I level, with the last two being at Division II, while Gonzalez was an all-conference defender. He then graduated from CSULA with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.
Prior to coaching at Cerritos College, Gonzalez was an assistant coach at California State University, Los Angeles in 1993 before being named the head coach at Pius X High in Downey from 1994-95. He then moved on to St. John Bosco High in Bellflower from 1996-2000 as their assistant coach and spent eight years as the girls soccer head coach at Bishop Amat High, while he led them to the CIF Championship in 2011 and 2013, which included advancing to the state semi-finals. He was also named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2013 season, which is also the second time he has earned that honor. Gonzalez also spent the last three years as the head girls’ soccer coach at Bellflower High.
In 1997, he became the men’s assistant coach helping to begin the first men’s soccer program at Rio Hondo College, which was the inaugural season for the team that went on to the state finals and ended the season ranked ninth in the nation. He remained at Rio Hondo College from 1997-2002 as their assistant coach and helped the team reach the Southern California Regional Playoffs every year. While coaching at Rio Hondo College, Gonzalez helped to develop players that went on to play professionally, as well as at Division I and Division II universities. While coaching in college, Gonzalez has been actively coaching club soccer teams which include Whittier Soccer Club, Cerritos United Soccer Club, San Gabriel Valley Flyers Girls Under 17 and Boys Under 15 and is currently coaching OC Premier.
|RUBEN GONZALEZ YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORDS|
|2005||Debbie Jensen/||20-4-2||9-2-1||Lost 2nd Round|
|Ruben Gonzalez||Ranked #19 Nationally|
|2006||Ruben Gonzalez||22-2-0||12-0-0||SCC Champions|
|Lost 3rd Round|
|Ranked #15 Nationally|
|2007||Ruben Gonzalez||24-2-3||9-1-2||SCC Champions|
|Ranked #2 Nationally|
|2008||Ruben Gonzalez||22-0-4||10-0-2||SCC Champions|
|2009||Ruben Gonzalez||20-3-0||12-2-0||SCC Champions|
|Lost 2nd Round|
|Ranked #14 Nationally|
|2010||Ruben Gonzalez||21-2-2||12-0-2||SCC Champions|
|Lost State Semi-Finals|
|Ranked #6 Nationally|
|2011||Ruben Gonzalez||20-2-0||14-0-0||SCC Champions|
|Lost 1st Round|
|Ranked #9 Nationally|
|2012||Ruben Gonzalez||21-2-2||11-2-1||SCC Champions|
|2013||Ruben Gonzalez||24-0-1||13-0-1||SCC Champions|
|2104||Ruben Gonzalez||24-1-0||13-1-0||SCC Champions|
|Ranked #2 Nationally|
|2015||Ruben Gonzalez||23-0-3||13-0-1||SCC Champions|
|2016||Ruben Gonzalez||23-1-1||8-0-0||SCC Champions|
|2017||Ruben Gonzalez||20-2-1||8-0-0||SCC Champions|
|Lost 3rd Round|
|Ranked #5 Nationally|
|2018||Ruben Gonzalez||22-0-1||8-0-0||SCC Champions|
|Lost 3rd Round|
|Ranked #4 Nationally|