The MSJC women's soccer team will begin it's quest for a third straight play-off appearance when they begin their season tomorrow with a match at West Los Angeles.
The Lady Eagles will have to replace their leading scorer from a year ago Dimitra Tsambasis, but the team is prepared to do that with a number of freshmen strikers and a sophomore core of midfielders. Patricia Roach and Ryane McDevitt lead an experienced midfield group and come into the season looking to build on strong freshmen campaigns. Roach scored 5 goals and had 8 assists a season ago while McDevitt also scored 5 times and had an assist. They will be joined by fellow sophomores Gabriella Chaname and Kaylee Wolever. Chaname had a goal and three assists during her freshmen year and Wolever helped on offense with two assists. "Our core group on this team is our sophomore midfielders," said fourth year head coach Chauncey Hayes, "I think a lot of our offensive punch will come from this group."
A number of freshmen are also expected to contribute as the season goes on. Forwards Melody Gonzalas, McKayla Collins, Ariana Zarragoza, and Hanna Kanagawa will all get early chances to help the Lady Eagle offense. MSJC also has experienced defenders to help out freshmen goal keeper Gabriella Harley. Valeria Garcia returns for the MSJC defense after a strong freshman year and joining her will be sophomore transfer Julianna Christensen.
The Lady Eagles non conference schedule includes some strong competition, including Saddleback and Irvine Valley, two play-off teams from a season ago. MSJC has finished second both of the past two seasons in the very competitive Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division and reached the State play-offs in those two years. MSJC had an overall record of 15-3-3 last season and a 6-1-1 mark in the PCAC North. Last year's lone conference loss and tie both came to San Diego Miramar the conference champions. The Lady Eagles are looking to push themselves into the top spot this year. "Last year we were one goal away from a conference title," said Hayes "I think we will be right there again this year."
Following tomorrow's match at West LA, the Lady Eagles will have their first home match of the season on the Menifee Campus Friday when they host Saddleback at 3 pm.
The MSJC soccer team kicks off their season on Tuesday with a match at West Los Angeles. The Lady Eagles are coming off back to back playoff appearnaces and will be led by a strong group of sophomores. Patrica Roach (right) and Ryane McDevitt (left) both return after each scoring five goals a season ago as freshmen.