Junior Defender Corbin Mercado has committed to play Division 1 soccer at Loyola Marymount University becoming the 4th Friar in the last four years to be recruited to play collegiately for the Lions.
The Friars captain shared, "I chose LMU because it will provide me with a great education and prepare me for life after college." He continued, "There are so many opportunities that come with attending LMU from soccer and to the academics and I am thankful for the chance to experience both."
Mercado was specifically attracted to the soccer program because of the family atmosphere that the whole program has with each other. He is also looking forward to playing for Coach Krumpe in the highly competitive West Coast Conference while continuing to develop as a soccer player.
Mercado will be a 3-year Varsity letterman for the Friars by the time he graduates in 2018 after earning a starting spot on Servite's back line as a sophomore. To date, he has played in 46 games tallying 13 goals and three assists while being named 1st Team All-Trinity League. He has also helped lead the Friars to the 2016 Trinity League title and this year's SO Cal HS Classic Tournament Championship.
Coach Spencer shared his excitement for Mercado saying, "Corbin is someone we have seen grow and develop as a player from a young age. He has become one of the top center backs in CIF and is committed to excellence both on the field and in the classroom. It is great to see he will have the opportunity to represent Servite and continue to build our reputation for preparing student-athletes for college soccer."
When he isn't playing soccer, Mercado is very active volunteering with a variety of organizations. On campus he is involved with CSF and Servants Healing Hands while off campus he works with two outreach programs- AYSO VIP and Higher Ground. The AYSO Very Important Player program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities prevent them from successful participation on mainstream teams while Higher Round is a non-profit created to provide local at risk youth mentors to teach them soccer skills.
Mercado is very thankful for this opportunity saying, "I would like to thank my parents and my brother for always supporting me, being there, and helping me along the way with my accomplishments. You have taught me to work hard, to never give up, and that I can achieve whatever I want to accomplish. I would also like to thank all my club coaches throughout the years that have helped in my soccer development. Thank you to Coach Spencer and Coach Oseguera for always pushing me to be a better soccer player and leader on the field. "
Servite High School would like to congratulate Corbin on this momentous accomplishment and wish him the best of luck at LMU.