Dinuba High boys soccer player Aldo Serrano was hospitalized Friday night and awaiting an MRI following a violent on-field collision with another player during the Emperors’ 4-0 Central Sequoia League victory at Exeter.
Coach Ramiro Rodriguez said the MRI was scheduled because Serrano wasn’t feeling anything from the waist down and was barely able to move his toes.
Serrano, a senior goalkeeper, was injured when he came out to challenge a through-ball and took a shoulder to the chest from an Exeter player. Rodriguez said it was not a dirty play, just a hard collision.
Serrano walked off gingerly, under his own power, but reported numbness in his mouth and loss of feeling in his toes and hands once he reached the bench.
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Exeter’s trainer told Rodriguez that Serrano was exhibiting concussion-like symptoms, and he was taken by ambulance to Visalia’s Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
He was expected to be held overnight for observation.
News of Serrano’s injury quickly spread across Twitter, with an outpouring of support and prayers coming from the Central Section soccer community.