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A memorable day for Ceres native Cade Cowell
Teenager scores his first-ever goal for San Jose Earthquakes
Ceres native Cade Cowell (44) celebrates with teammates after scoring his first-ever goal for the San Jose Earthquakes. - photo courtesy of the San Jose Earthquakes

Ceres native Cade Cowell made the most of his opportunity today during his regular-season debut with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The 15-year-old rookie striker scored midway through the second half in San Jose’s 2-1 home loss to Liga MX club Monterrey in international-friendly action at Avaya Stadium.

Cowell, who graduated from Cesar Chavez Jr. High School in June, finished from close-range with his right foot in the 61st minute off a cross pass from Tommy Thompson.

“Honestly, I’m not surprised,” Earthquakes teammate Eric Calvillo said while being interviewed by Quakes Epicenter Editor-in-Chief Joel Soria after the game. “He’s been working very hard. It’s pretty impressive.”

Calvillo also talked about Cowell’s maturity off the field.

Cade cut back on playing online video games.

 “He kinda took off a little bit of Fortnite, which for a kid is a big deal right now,” Calvillo said.

Cowell’s performance today could lead to more playing time and possibly a start in the near future.

“He’s going to continue working hard and eventually more chances like this will come for him,” Calvillo said.

Cowell became the fourth-youngest player signing in Major League Soccer history when he inked a five-year contract with the Earthquakes in January.

He was recently named one of the league's top 50 prospects for the 2019 season.

“The one goal I have is to make my debut (with the first team) this year,” Cowell said during a conversation with the Ceres Courier earlier this month.

Mission accomplished.