The 2018 Gonzaga men’s soccer season is less than a week away and the team will look a little different due to the promotion of Paul Meehan to head coach, as well as the addition of six newcomers in the offseason.
One of those student-athletes is Mark McEntosh, an incoming freshman that will look to be a difference-maker for the Zags’ defense from the first whistle.
Growing up in Folsom, California, McEntosh has played soccer since he was 4 years old. When examining McEntosh’s resume in the sport, his tenure with Sacramento Republic FC’s academy team stands out.
“My experience at Sacramento Republic FC helped me get to where I am because the club had a true sense of professionalism,” McEntosh said in an email. “They taught me the right fundamentals on how to play the game.”
While playing for Sacramento Republic FC, he spent time training with its professional team, which is a member of the United Soccer League.
“[Mark] was a standout for a very good Sacramento Republic team that made the playoffs and did quite well,” coach Meehan said in an email. “He spent most of the last six months training with the pros.”
McEntosh won’t be the only player coming from the Sacramento Republic FC academy team. Incoming freshman goalkeeper Johan Garibay was teammates with McEntosh on Sacramento Republic FC.
McEntosh offers versatility across the pitch that should help him succeed throughout his college career as a member of the Zags.
“My goal for my four years at Gonzaga is a WCC championship and a couple of NCAA tournament qualifications,” McEntosh said of his long-term goals. “I truly believe this can be done with our group.”
Off the field, McEntosh is excited to be a member of the student body and make relationships that will last him a lifetime, he said. According to McEntosh, the “close and friendly community” was one of the main reasons he picked GU.
Academically, McEntosh doesn’t quite know what he wants to study at GU but he is “pretty positive” he will be a business administration major with a focus in management information systems.
Jake Wilson is a staff writer. Follow him on Twitter: @JakeWilsonn1.