Valdivia lead nation in assists in 1993

Valdivia lead nation in assists in 1993Bruce Auld, a former Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent, is writing the history of Burroughs High School. The articles that are being published are excerpts from his upcoming book, exclusive to The News Review.

Armando Excerpted from the LA Times, October 29, 1993 “He Shares the Wealth: Northridge Forward Armando Valdivia is Leading Nation in Assists” by Kennedy Cosgrove

“When Armando was five, he moved with his family to Trona from Guadalajara, Mexico. His father was a watch repairman, turned instrument repairman trainee at the plant. At Burroughs, Armando tallied 98 goals and 49 assists. Those stats reversed at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he became the field commander, setting the course of Northridge’s play, game by game.”

Excerpted from the CSUN website: “Valdivia began his career at CSUN in 1990 and led the Matadors during their transition from being an NCAA Division ll program to the Division l level. In 1991 as a sophomore, Valdivia led the Madators with 11 assists.

In his junior season, the first for Northridge in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Valdivia earned First Team All-MPSF honors and tied for the team lead with 10 goals. That year, he was also named to the Third Team All-Far West Region.

Valdivia’s most successful season on the pitch came during his senior year, a campaign that ended with CSUN’s trip to the MPSF Championship match. During the season, he set numerous offensive records that still stand in the Northridge record books to this day.

He finished the season as the team leader in goals with 17, a figure that ranks sixth all-time for a single season. His 20 assists in 1993 are the best for one year in school history and his 54 total points rank third-best. Valdivia also holds the record for most assists in a single match, recording five in a win over Oregon State on October 3, 1993.

At the end of the 1993 season, Valdivia was named to the First Team All-MPSF and was chosen as the MPSF Pacific Division Player of the Year. He was also selected to the All-American Second Team, the first Matador to receive the honor at the Division I level.

Valdivia finished his career as one of the all-time legends in Northridge soccer lore. He ranks fourth all-time with 37 career goals, fourth with 37 career assists and second with 111 career points.

Armando had a 319-game career in indoor professional soccer, playing for ten teams and scoring 136 goals.”

Armando passed November 30, 2012 of complications of ALS. He was a member of the Burroughs High class of 1990. He was also the kicker for Burroughs football team.

Courtesy photo: Burroughs soccer star Armando Valdivia took Cal State Northridge from Division II to Division I.

Story First Published: 2021-07-30