Eric Solberg's 200th win as Fresno City College's men's soccer coach -- a 4-1 Central Valley Conference victory over Taft on Tuesday -- was consistent with his first one 13 years ago in a match at Yuba.
That 4-0 victory launched an 18-3-4 season powered by Fresno-area talent, including 19 freshmen. And the Rams followed that with a 17-1-6 season, losing only in the state final four.
"Those first two years were the building blocks of the program," Solberg said.
He's has concentrated virtually 100% on local players since in compiling a 200-53-55 record.
They count Clovis West High's Andrew Campbell and Clovis East's Jesus Garcia, who split Fresno City's goals Tuesday as the Rams clinched a school-record 10th CVC title under Solberg.
"It's hard to believe 200 wins have flashed by," he said. "I guess it's just a personal reflection in players I've coached over the years. It's a special thing to think back on it all."
Success has followed Solberg from Bullard, where he starred in soccer and baseball; to Fresno State, where he pitched for three seasons; and to Fresno City, where he's coached in soccer and baseball programs that have recorded .739 winning percentages while combining for 1,007 victories.
That includes an 807-285 record as Ron Scott's pitching coach for 23 seasons, including a state championship in 1992.
But this fall's soccer team sort of broke the mold with a 2-3-2 start, albeit against top-flight competition.
"The guys have really persevered," Solberg said. "They could have tanked it, but here we are."
With a 5-0-4 record in their past nine games, the Rams have established at least a No. 7 seed for the Northern California Regionals, which begin Nov. 19.
They'll close CVC play Friday at home against West Hills-Lemoore.
"At the end of the day, I'm very happy with this group," Solberg said.
"It's nice to win 200, but it's really about this team. And they seem very happy for me, which is appreciated."