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Eberhardt bound for Saint Mary’s

Submitted photoTruckee High grad Scott Eberhardt, blue jersey, battles for possession of the ball during the Olympic Developmental Program's State Cup in Las Vegas last March. Eberhardt, who flies to Las Vegas each weekend to play for United 88 of the Olympic Developmental Program, is set to play soccer at Saint Mary's College in Moraga in the fall.

Scott Eberhardt is stepping into the footsteps of his high school soccer coach.

Like Truckee head soccer coach Hernan Valdivia once did, Eberhardt will play this fall for Saint Mary’s College in the East Bay Area town of Moraga.

“I’m very excited,” said Eberhardt, a four-year varsity starter and key piece of last year’s 3A state championship team. “I hope it’s one of the many levels that I play.”

Although he did not receive an athletic scholarship to play for the college, Eberhardt said first-year Saint Mary’s head coach Adam Cooper gave him the thumbs up to join the squad as a true freshman ” under one condition.

“He said if I come in shape, I’ll make the team,” Eberhardt said.

That shouldn’t be a problem.

As of June 5, Eberhardt has been working on improving his game and his conditioning in accordance to a summer training packet sent to him by the Saint Mary’s soccer program. The detailed regimen, Eberhardt said, includes “a lot of running” ” sprints and long distance ” strength training, jump roping and, of course, ball handling.

After coaching Eberhardt ” a player Valdivia said his Truckee teammates rallied around ” the coach likes his former player’s odds for success.

“He has a good attitude, so I think he’ll do well in college,” Valdivia said. “He’s a versatile player who can play a lot of different positions. He’s a hard worker and he understands the game really well.”

About his ability to play multiple positions, Eberhardt excelled on defense the first half of last season before switching to forward, where he picked up four goals and one assist. For his performance and efforts, Eberhardt was named Nevada 3A Most Valuable Player. He also made first team all state and all league his junior season.

At Saint Mary’s, Eberhardt said he won’t be picky about where he plays.

“I’m definitely open to play anything,” he said, “but I’m hoping to play defense.

“Forwards sell tickets, but defense wins games. I like being back there. It’s always fun scoring, but it’s also fun to stop them.”

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