After two successful seasons with the Kishwaukee College men’s soccer program, former Rochelle Township High School standout Josue Almaraz will turn his attention to academics as he wraps up his associate’s degree and continues to work toward an education in radiology.
A two-year defender for the Kougars, Almaraz scored two goals during his sophomore season. Almaraz earned seven starts as a sophomore, building on the 16 starts he received during his freshman campaign. Almaraz, who finished his NJCAA career with three goals, helped the Kougars compiled a 13-10-3 record in his two seasons with the men’s soccer program.
“I felt like I had a good season,” Almaraz said. “I was able to help the team out a lot on defense and even on the attack at times. I felt like I did well in making decisions and reading the game. I think I improved overall from last season. I thought I improved the most in my organizational skills and my communication. I’m finishing up my degree but I will be coming back to start my radiology program. I hope to keep playing soccer in some way in the future.”
Almaraz spent plenty of time with his former RTHS teammates over the last two seasons. After suiting up alongside Hub grads Jessee Infante, Juan Montemayor and Ruben Herrera during his freshman season, Almaraz reunited with former RTHS forward Max Torres earlier this year. Almaraz said his goal for radiology is to become an x-ray technician or an MRI technician.
“The collegiate soccer experience has been enjoyable for me,” Almaraz said. “I’ve been able to face off against higher skilled players and play alongside new teammates. What I enjoyed most was playing against different schools and improving my overall skills as a player.”