SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Women's soccer head coach Cesar Plasencia released his 2013 roster this afternoon.
CRC returns only five players from last season's team, which saw the Hawks make the postseason once again. They'll rely heavily on their sophomores this season, given their relative youth at a number of key positions. "We are really going to have to do it with teamwork," says head coach Cesar Plasencia, who begins his tenth season at the helm.
Team captain and 2012 Hawk of the Year, Megan Gomez, will once again play a large role on the Hawks this season. Gomez, who earned All-Conference honors last season among other accolades, returns at center back for the Hawks. Also returning to the roster from the 2012 club will be defenders Ashley Briglia and Alexis Valenciano. Valenciano recorded one goal and one assist last season, seeing time at midfielder. Decorated freshman Alyssa Hanks also returns to CRC, as do midfielders Crystal Vega and Kaylyn Toyama. Vega and Toyama each tied for second last season in goals, and will look to once again factor into the Hawks offensive attack.
The team also adds a pair of talented junior college transfers in Kylee Daly and Vilma Gonzalez as well. Gonzalez, a transfer from American River College, will take over a lot of the scoring responsibility. Daly, who played forward at Long Beach City College, will look to contribute some experience to a young team. The pair adds to a quality recruiting class, which includes standout goalkeeper Anna Brown. Brown, a four-time letter winner, was an All-Delta league performer at nearby Elk Grove High School for the Thundering Herd.
All in all 10 incoming freshman will be counted on to contribute as the Hawks look to make yet another run deep into the CCCAA postseason. The Hawks begin a brutal non-conference schedule later this month, which will continue through the end of September, when Big 8 conference play begins. Cosumnes River will play 14 contests against Big 8 opponents this season, half of which will be at home.
The 2013 season will be an exciting one at Cosumnes River College for soccer, as the college will once again play host to the CCCAA men's and women's state championships. The matches will take place on December 6 and 8, on the newly constructed CRC soccer fields.
Tickets are available at the gate for each event. Admission is always free for CRC faculty, staff, and students with valid identification.