The MSJC women's soccer team is coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent history and are looking forward to building on that success in 2013.
The Lady Eagles finished last season with an overall record of 10-4-5, and a conference mark of 4-3-5. This year MSJC moves from the Foothill Conference to the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference which features teams from the Greater San Diego area. Second year coach Chauncey Hayes is excited about the new league, "I think the PCAC is a little more prestigious league in women's soccer, and has a more consistent level of play that will be a tough challenge, so it will be good for us."
MSJC has some big shoes to fill as five Lady Eagles earned scholarships last year and moved on to the four year level. Lizeth Mendez comes into her sophomore season as the leading returning scorer for MSJC. Mendez scored four goals last year while fellow sophomore Ana Torres had 2 goals and 2 assists her freshman season. Alexandra Scata is the third returning starter for the Lady Eagles. Amanda Perez and Brook Wooldridge will add experience as transfers and are expected to play immediately. Hayes is also excited about his freshmen group that will be led by projected starters; Alexa Parker, Leo Garlinger, Taylor Sompii, and Demi Tsambasis.
Hayes has set expectations high heading into 2013, "We want to win a conference title and compete for the state championship," said Hayes. "Our pre-season workouts have gone extremely well and I think we are well prepared for the start of the season."
The MSJC women's soccer team has worked hard over the off season and look forward to getting the 2013 season started on Tuesday. Tuesday the Lady Eagles travel to Palm Desert to take on College of the Desert in the season opener.