Woodburn, North Marion players commit to Corban soccer program
A pair of futbol standouts from northern Marion County have elected to continue their athletic careers in Salem.
Former North Marion defender Ismael Carrillo and current Woodburn senior Riley Menezes each made announcements this past spring that they would be joining the men's soccer program at Corban University in southeast Salem.
A 2017 graduate of North Marion High School, Carrillo was a decorated four-year member of the Huskies' boys varsity soccer program, playing from 2013-16. Carrillo was a sophomore on the Huskies' 2014 4A state championship team, playing a key role in delivering the first boys soccer title in program history at North Marion.
In the state championship game against Stayton, Carrillo's pass to teammate Kris Huapeo set up the go-ahead goal in the 17th minute of the game. The Huskies went on to beat the Eagles 2-0.
Carrillo went on to play two more years for the Huskies, culminating in his 2016 senior season in which he was named Oregon West Player of the Year and named to the 4A All-State First Team.
In his four years with North Marion, the Huskies saw unprecedented success, going 49-12-7 in that span, making four straight playoffs appearances and winning a share of the league title in the team's 2014 title season. Carrillo's teams were 9-3 in post season games, making it to the state quarterfinals in three consecutive years and back-to-back semifinal appearances in 2014 and 2015.
After graduation, Carrillo continued his career with the Chemeketa men's soccer program, helping the Storm rebound from going 3-7-4 in his 2017 freshman year to 11-5 as a sophomore in the 2018 season.
Menezes graduates this year as the most successful individual player in Woodburn boys soccer history, having been the only member of the program to win four high school state championships in his career.
A Second Team All-State honoree in 2019, Menezes was the lone freshman on Woodburn's 2016 varsity team that won the 5A state championship. The Bulldogs repeated as 5A champs in 2017 before winning back-to-back 4A titles in 2018 and 2019.
In that four-year span, Woodburn built a record of 62-6-5, including 13-0 in post-season games, winning league titles in 2016 and 2018.
Carrillo and Menezes join a Corban program that is in the midst of its most successful stretch ever. The Warriors are coming off a 17-0-3 season — the first undefeated season in program history — advancing to the round of 32 of the NAIA National Tournament before falling 6-5 in penalty kicks at the end of a 1-1 draw against UC Merced.
The Warriors are scheduled to return eight of 11 starters in 2020, and joins Carrillo's older brother Abner, who was a member of the 2019. Abner and Ismael were former teammates at both Chemeketa and North Marion.
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