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Pirates Plunder...

Friday, September 12th.

SCC were beaten at home, by a hard-working visiting Orange Coast Pirates team, two goals to zero. After a relatively spiritless opening forty-five minutes, OCC took the lead six minutes in to the second-half with a good finish after some poor defending. Ten minutes later, OCC doubled the scoreline following a goal-keeping error. Try as they might, the Hawks could not find a way back in to the game.

Out-shooting the visitors 21-6, Tori Phillips, Cassie Soto, Lauren Bethencourt, April Gonzalez, and Jenny Ramirez all had good looks at goal but could not find a way past the Coast goal-keeper.

The Hawks will look to get back on track on Tuesday, September 19th away at Santa Ana College for a 3pm kick-off. Thanks to all the students, alumni of the program, faculty, staff, family and friends who came out to cheer on the Hawks today.

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Ofelia Sosa scores her 3rd goal of the season at IVC
(Picture courtesy of Cliff Robbins)

Not Enough...

Tuesday, September 12th.

The Hawks were punished for not converting their chances and were forced to settle for a tie away at Irvine Valley in the opening game of the Orange Empire Conference.

SCC dominated from start to finish but ultimately couldn't seal the game, and conceded from a late corner to give a determined Lasers team a share of the points.

Alex Vanous nearly opened the scoring in the opening minute and then Abby Suter came close seeing her header come back off the post. Mid-way through the half Kaci Montoya fired wide from the top of the box when beyond the IVC back-line.

IVC  responded and Jessica Neighbors pulled of a fine stop in goal to deal with a shot from distance. Then with ten minutes left in the half, Ofelia Sosa made the breakthrough swivelling and hitting the ball beyond the Lasers keeper from the edge of the 18 yard box. And so the Hawks went in to the break a goal-up.

SCC came out stronger in the second period. Reann Artim had a firm drive well-saved and Tori Phillips clipped the cross-bar. Cassie Soto came close too but the Lasers threatened on the counter and equalized with ten minutes to go from a corner.

The Hawks still had time to respond and created another clear-cut goal-scoring opportunity but on the day, it wasn't enough.

Santiago Canyon now prepare to bounce back against visiting Orange Coast College with a 3pm Kick-off on Friday, September 15th. Thanks go out to all the Hawks followers in attendance today.

Eventful Ride

Friday, September 8th.

     A late bus, and then a bus breakdown on the 118 Freeway meant  kick-off was delayed for 30 minutes  at Moorpark college today. Having weaved through traffic to get to the game, the bus overheated and some willing parents en route, along with 2 Uber drivers, came to the rescue to get the team to the ground safely.

     SCC responded well, and with in two minutes had opened the scoring with Cassie Soto converting from the edge of the area. Moorpark equalized on twenty minutes with a fine strike from a free-kick beyond the reach of Jessica Neighbors in goal.

    Undeterred, the Hawks created a second. This time April Gonzalez followed in on a shot from Cassie Soto to score from a tight angle. Kaci Montoya added a  third and SCC went in to the break with a 3-1 lead.

     The Hawks added a fourth through April Gonzalez after a powerful free-kick from Tori Phillips had been well-saved. Gillian Kliss, in goal for the second period, saved a well hit shot down low before Moorpark pulled a goal back. A mysterious  six-second goal-keeper violation was called by the referee and Moorpark scored from the resultant set-piece.

       A minute later though, the Hawks had stretched the lead again. This time it was Ofelia Sosa slotting in from a Savannah Knight serve.

      And so it ended 5-2. The Hawks play next away at Irvine Valley College on Tuesday, September 12th at 3pm. A sincere thank you goes out to the parents and family in transit today who helped the team get to the game safely.

Hawks Undone By Wolverines.

Saturday, September 2nd.

    Visiting San Bernadino Valley College scored goals from distance 3 minutes in to the game and 3 minutes from time to win 2-0. The opening goal was hit 5 yards from the endline on the sideline of the field and sailed in to the far side netting.

     Late in the contest, a fine left-footed drive from 30 yards beat keeper Siera Pedroza for the Wolverines 2nd goal from just their fourth shot in the game. In between time the Hawks fifteen attempts on goal did not trouble the SBVC keeper often enough and SCC did not find enough quality in critical moments to turn the game in their direction.

    Santiago Canyon will now regroup and look to respond away at Moorpark College on Friday, September 8th. Thanks to all those in attendance tonight.

Mounties 0 Hawks 2

Tuesday, August 29th.

  The Hawks scored two second-half goals to claim their second win of the season, on the road, in temperatures rising to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

  However, neither team got off to a particularly hot start, and it wasn't until the fifteenth minute that the Hawks came close to scoring with Angelica Ortega heading over from Tori Phillips. Mid-way through the half, Ofelia Sosa was unfortunate not to get a penalty call after being pulled down by the Mounties goalie. Overall though SCC struggled to convert their possession in to chances against a resolute Mt SAC defence.

  The Hawks started the second-half stronger but didn't break the deadlock until around 75 minutes when Luli Bethancourt raced on to a feed from Sosa to hit high and across the keeper with a fine drive.

  Three minutes later Sosa converted from a Kennedi Hauck cross and the Hawks went on to win 2-0 with Siera Pedroza collecting the shut-out.

  Next up is San Bernardino Valley College on Saturday evening at 6.30pm. Parking is free in stalls not marked for Staff or handicapped, and food will be available. Thanks to all those who came out to cheer on the Hawks today. 

Huskies 1 Hawks 6

Saturday, August 26th.

  The Hawks 2017 season opener was played on the road at East LA College's Weingart stadium. Originally built in 1951, and updated for the 1984 Olympics, Weingart stadium is a 22,000 seater stadium with some stories to tell.

  SCC Women's Soccer has a much shorter history but opened a new chapter themselves beginning the season with a 6-1 road win. Playing against an organized and determined Huskies team, Alexandria Vanous set the Hawks on their way with two goals with in the first 25 minutes. ELAC pulled a goal back on 40 minutes but April Gonzalez restored the two goal cushion just before the half with a fine drive from the top of the box.

  Kaci Montoya calmly added a fourth just after the break and two goals in a minute around the 70 minute mark sealed the contest. First Cassie Soto picked up on a loose ball to fire home and then Tori Phillips struck from distance to round out the scoring.

  Gillian Kliss and Siera Pedroza shared the goal-keeping duties, as the Hawks now look ahead to next Tuesday, August 29th for a 5pm kick-off at Mount San Antonio College.

  Thanks go out to all the Hawks fans in attendance today.


SCC Annual Community Soccer Night

Saturday, September 2nd, 6:30pm

  Santiago Canyon College Women's Soccer Annual Community Night will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at 6.30pm on campus. If you have a daughter or niece, or friends across the street who have girls who play soccer, or simply you've still got Tournament of Nations Fever', this is an opportunity to come and support the Hawks team and watch some college soccer.

  Young soccer players dressed in uniform will get to meet and warm down with the team after the game. Local deli favorite, Cortina's sandwiches will be available. There is no charge for entry or parking during regular season games. 

  We hope to see you there.

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Head Athletic Trainer Kelsey Bains Honored by Board of Trustees

March 17th

   At last Monday's Rancho Santiago Canyon College District Board of Trustees meeting, Kelsey Bains, our Head Athletic Trainer was honored as part of the celebrations for Women's History Month. President of the Board of Trustees John Hanna spoke in recognition of Kelsey's public service, leadership and professional achievements. Current and former players gathered to recognize Kelsey including those pictured  from back left Madison Cody (2012), Kristen Blogg (2012), Angie Orozco (2010), Siera Pedroza (Current student-athlete), Abby Suter (Current student-athlete), Chelsea Baker (2014), Samantha Jones (2013), Kristen Prindible (2009), front left Michelle Carels (2009), Casey Herman (2008) and Sara Foley (2009).

    Kelsey has been a loyal and committed Santiago Canyon College employee since 2006 and as well as gaining the trust of the students she serves, has also been instrumental in the success of the Athletics teams. Beginning with a State Championship for Women's Soccer (2006) and most recently with a State Championship for Softball (2016), and with a Women's Soccer National Championship (2009) sandwiched in between, Kelsey Bains continues to have a huge impact on the student-athletes she serves. Kelsey has a holistic view to each and every one of those student-athletes and works above and beyond to help them succeed in the classroom and on the field. Santiago Canyon College is truly fortunate to count on her professionalism and dedication. The Board of Trustees recognition is a very worthy accolade.
SCC- katbentonhired.jpeg.jpg Alumni Kat Benton Becomes Head Coach at Kansas Wesleyan

March 16th

   Former Santiago Canyon College Women's Soccer player Kat Benton became the first alumni to become a Head Coach of a Collegiate program when hired by Kansas Wesleyan University last week.

   Kat is part of the Hawks soccer folklore scoring the opening goal in the 2006 State Final 2-0 win in Fresno; the first State Championship in the history of the Athletics program at Santiago Canyon College.

   Kat completed her Associate of Liberal Arts degree at SCC before transferring to Kansas Wesleyan. Kat continued as a student-athlete for the Coyotes gaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations. She then became an Assistant Coach while studying for  her Master's in Business Administration with emphasis in Sports Management which she completed  in 2011.

   Kat becomes the fourth Head Coach in Kansas Wesleyan Women's Soccer history. Congratulations Kat.

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Hawks In The Awards

January 27th

   Another remarkable season in the history of Santiago Canyon College Women’s Soccer officially came to a close last week as the players were recognized collectively, and individually  for their many accomplishments in 2016 at the end-of season banquet in Tustin (see picture)

   The 2016 Hawks won 20 of their 22 contests, claimed their 13th consecutive Orange Empire Conference title with a record of 15-0-1 and, in the classroom, five players had GPA’s of 4.0 for the semester.

   In the individual awards, sophomore Lauren Sabella was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as an All-American at the recent Coaches Convention in Los Angeles. Also in the awards was Renee De La Torre (All-State) and on behalf of the entire coaching staff, Coach Ian Woodhead (So Cal Regional Women’s Coach of the Year)

Other awards included..

Orange Empire Conference Awards

Coach of the Year- Ian Woodhead

First team All-league- Lauren Sabella, Renee De La Torre, Cassie Soto, Siera Pedroza.

Second team All-league- Jameelah Powell, Savannah Knight, Maddy Solder, Alondra Guzman.

    Credit for a great season goes to all the players, as they strive to embrace a life of personal responsibility and accountability, and continue to work hard collectively and individually to achieve great things.

    Lastly, a sincere thank you goes out to all the Hawks supporters near and far from the players and coaching staff for helping create the platform from which success is achievable. Thank you to you all.

Go Hawks!

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