|Hometown:||Canoga Park, CA|
|Previous School:||Canoga Park HS|
Rafael Garcia finished his final season at Cal State Northridge in 2011. After having to miss the first six matches of the season due to a knee injury, Garcia rebounded to score two goals and collect four points. He converted two penalty kicks at UC Davis (9/28) to help the Matadors defeat the Aggies for the first time since 2005. He took 32 shots and had 13 on goal this year. For his efforts on offense and defense, the co-captain was named to the All-Big West First Team for the first time in his career.
Garcia completed his junior campaign for Cal State Northridge as a team captain and competed in 17 out of 19 matches in 2010. He scored two goals on the season, which tied for second on the team and led the team with six assists and 10 points. Garcia took the most shots of any member of the squad (49) and also tallied the most shots on goal (26) and finished tied for third in the conference in shots and assists, fourth in shots per game (2.88) and tied for third in assists per game (0.35).
After missing the previous season due to an injury, Garcia returned to the pitch and competed in every game throughout the season and earned a game-winning assist vs. SMU at the Prego Italian Express Tournament (9/20). He finished the '09 campaign with the third-highest number of shots taken with 28 and 13 shots were on-goal.
Garcia suffered a season-ending injury in the first match of the season against Georgetown (8/29) and redshirted the rest of the season.
Garcia started 14 of the 17 matches he played, including his first 14 collegiate contests. Each of his two goals went as game-winners, at UNLV (9/16) and against Cal St. Fullerton (10/24) and both goals were scored in 1-0 wins. He also had two assists on the season and Northridge was 4-0 when he scored a point. Six of his 16 shots were on goal and he played every minute of the match on five occasions. After the season, Garcia earned All-Big West Second-Team honors.
CANOGA PARK HIGH SCHOOL
Garcia played in the midfield as captain for the Hunters in 2006, leading the team to a 24-0-1 record and a state championship. He garnered All-Area Player of the Year and Sunset Six League MVP honors.