April 11, 2014 - The Olympians weren't just successful on the field during the 2013 season, they were are successful in the classroom as clearly demonstrated by the award given to four Olympians by the CCCSCA (California Community College Soccer Coaches Association.) The CCCSCA announced their selections for the 2013 list of scholar-athletes. This is the inaugural season for the award which will become an annual list for community college women's and men's soccer teams within the state of California. In order to qualify for this prestigious award, all student-athletes must have completed at least 24 units and maintained a 3.3 GPA or higher.
The women's soccer team had four of their own who were honored by the CCCSCA including the 2013 PCAC Defender of the Year Elisa Brooks who completed 16 units in the Fall semester with a 3.81 GPA. Joining Brooks were fellow sophomore Megan Belchamber with a 3.75 GPA in 16 units and Karina Alvarez-Caledron and freshman teammate Karina Alvarez-Caledron completed 16 units and achieved a 3.41 GPA for the Fall semester. Leading the team in GPA was freshman, Shannon Smith who completed 20 units during her season of competition and maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Nov. 20, 2013 - Hard work has paid off for the Mesa women as they not only were crowned PCAC South champions but earned the #8 spot in the Regional Tournament which means that the Olympians will host the first round against the #9 ranked Cypress College on Saturday, Nov. 23rd at 6pm. Mesa will be coming off their 7-0-1 conference record and boast a 13-2-4 overall record while Cypress, who represents the Orange Empire Conference, is 11-6-3 overall.
Nov. 19, 2013 - The Olympians have had an incredible season so far as they won another conference title and now they have more to celebrate as the All Conference Team selections were announced yesterday. Earning 1st Team All PCAC South honors were: Elisa Brooks, Itzel Caro, Lizzie Stabile, Alina Figueroa, Erika Shepard, and Dominique Clough while Katelyn Griffith and Hannah Jackson were the conference's Honorable Mention selections. The conference gave it's highest honor, "MVP of the Conference" to freshman Itzel Caro, a La Jolla High graduate, who scored three goals and one assist so far. Also receiving a high honor from the conference was Elisa Brooks who was crowned "Defender of the Year." Brooks, has been Mesa's main component in their tough defense that has only allowed five goals all season. The Mesa women have had a tremendous amount of success through their hard work and dedication but it's their head coach, Todd Curran who makes it possible for them and his brand of winning is why he was this year's "Coach of the Year" as voted by the other conference coaches.
Nov. 14, 2013 - The women's soccer team secured their 2013 Pacific Coast Athletic South Conference title this week following a win over Imperial Valley College in a 4-0 victory. With this title, the Olympians are guaranteed an invitation to the State tournament which marks the programs 13th appearance in the past 16 years. Mesa has a last regular season game against Mt. San Jacinto and a Mesa win will give the Olympians a home field advantage for their first game of the state tournament which begins Nov 26th.
Oct 13, 2013 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selected Mesa's Elisa Brooks as their "Female Athlete of the Week" after her outstanding defensive performance last week. The La Jolla High graduate plays an integral role in the Olympians defense and has only allowed one goal in the past four conference matches. On the other side of the ball, Brooks notched her first point of the season as she assisted a goal in her team's 3-1 victory over Cuyamaca College.
Sept 24, 2013 - Goalkeeper, Elizabeth Stabile was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conferences' Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sept. 22nd. The sophomore netminder shut out College of the Canyons, who is ranked as the #14 team in the nation, in a 0-0 decision. She stopped two possible goals by the Cougars in 1 vs. 1 situation and then shut down a penalty shot to preserve the shut out and keep the home team from winning the game. The Cathedral Catholic graduate has only given up one goal on the season thus far and has earned four shut outs.
The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team swept the competition at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, finishing off a highly successful competition with a 2-1 victory against England that sealed the tournament title. The game-winner against the English came from Mesa’s own assistant coach, Stephanie Ochs who played a one-touch pass down the right wing beat her defender, cut back towards goal and blasted a shot past the goalkeeper to give the USA the victory. Coach Ochs, a 5’9 forward, is one of the team’s upcoming players who could be a part of the Olympic team, who defeated Japan in the gold medal round of the 2012 London Olympics. The San Diego native played her college ball as a Torero at the University of San Diego and then joined the Boston Breakers in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Abilene Christian Women’s Soccer is making some big moves for the upcoming 2012 Fall season. Not only is the program entering its first year as a DI college, but they are adding 12 fresh faces to their roster including Mesa’s own Pacific Coast Athletic Conference All Team selections Nicci Nelson and Tiffany Ysassi, a international business major. Nelson, a midfielder from University City High School, signed with the Wildcats for an athletic and academic scholarship to become a part of the ACU roster for the upcoming season. Nelson, a psychology major, will be playing in the center of the game flanked by a veteran sophomore player and an incoming freshman adding to the team’s competativness. A Las Vegas native, Ysassi will be a defensive asset as she joins a line of incoming freshmen which will give the Wildcats the depth they are looking for.
As a part of the Lone Star Conference, ACU will be facing off with schools like Angelo State, Eastern New Mexico, Tarleton State and five other colleges but the Wildcats are the only DI college in the conference. Head coach, Casey Wilson, is excited about adding the two Olympians to his team, “…These [transfers] make for a very well rounded class and they remind me of our 2010 recruiting class – experienced girls who can step in right away.” Coach Wilson and Mesa’s head coach Todd Curran have built a great relationship as Curran has now sent 4 players to ACU including Mesa standouts Anastasia Nelson and Crissy Lawson who both had tremendous seasons as a part of the Wildcat roster.
In her freshman year, Yazmin Osorio has made herself known in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. The goalkeeper from Otay Ranch High School put up back-to-back shut outs last week against Grossmont in a 3-0 victory and then Miramar in a 0-0 tie. Miramar, who was last years PCAC Champion, has proven to be a challenge on the field but Osorio's presence in the goal kept the Jets at bay. The 5'4 netminder stopped 8 potential goals including a 1 on 1 breakaway that would have ended the game.
In her first year as a Mountaineer, San Diego Mesa soccer alumni, Jocelyn Ortega has made her presence known on the soccer field. Ortega, who transferred to the Division III Southern Vermont College, was named as the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Athlete of the Week following an impressive week of play where she scored two goals, aided in another goal and played top notch defense. The Mountaineers are currently 5-1 and are outscoring their opponents by 4 goals or more every game while the defense has only given up 2 goals in 6 games thus far. The Eastlake High School graduate has made herself known to the NECC as the number two scorer in the conference with five goals and as the number two leader in assists with four, giving her a total of 14 offensive points which is the number two ranking in the NECC for points.
To view the video of Jocelyn's interview, please view this link: http://www.neccathletics.com/landing/index
Sophomore player, Kate Newman, received high honors at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention on January 14 in Kansas City. Newman, with 10 other community college soccer players, was named to the “2011 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women’s Junior College Division III All-America Team.” What sets Newman apart from the rest is that she is the only goalkeeper on the list and was chosen from a pool of female soccer players from every community college level’s women’s soccer program in the United States. Aside from being named as an All American, Newman also earned the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference “Goalkeeper of the Year” for her second year in a row which paved the road for her to be named to the All SoCal Region team which made her eligible for her All American honor.
In her sophomore year, Newman had an outstanding season with 1693 minutes of play and stopping 77 potential goals and only allowed 12 to get past her to get her a PCAC leading GAA of .638. Such impressive numbers also ranked her as the #5 goalkeeper in the state. As a freshman, she played 1259 minutes and blocked 66 shots while only 14 were able to get past the 5’8” Scripps Ranch High School graduate. During her two years as an Olympian, Newman amassed 2952 minutes of play, earned 143 saves and 26 goals were scored against her for a career GAA of .793. Kate is currently considering some offers from a variety of 4 year universities.
Brenda Coronel signed her letter of intent to attend the North Dakota university for the Fall semester of 2012. Her recruiting class consists of 9 other women from 5 different states and 5, including Coronel, are transfer students from California community colleges. Coronel will be a welcome addition to the Beaver line up with her quickness and tremendous 1 v 1 skills. As Mesa’s leading scorer, she will prove to be a strong offensive leader for the division II university. MSU will be in its 3rd season and joining the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
During her sophomore year, this quick offensive threat, scored a team leading 13 goals with 7 assists and was named to the all Pacific Coast Athletic Conference 1st Team for the second year in a row. She was listed as the #2 scorer in the conference for the 2011 season. The 5’6” forward is ranked as #17 in the state for her offensive skills following the conclusion of the 2011 season. During her freshman season, this Sweetwater High School graduate lead her team again in scoring with 14 goals and 9 assists and was #4 on the leader board for goals scored in the PCAC.
The Golden Eagles announced the signing of a pair of Olympians for their 2012 Fall season. They plan on filling both sides of the field as they signed forward, Allyson Sherwood and defender, Chanel Aguiar. Both of whom were named to “1st Team All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference” for the 2011 season.
Sherwood, who was the second highest scorer for Mesa, put away 6 goals in her sophomore year and assisted her teammates 3 times. She was also the “Athlete of the Week” for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference following a pair of outstanding games against El Camino and East Los Angeles Colleges. In both games, her goals were the deciding factor in a tie and a win respectively. In her freshman year, the 5’4” Clairemont High School graduate, was again Mesa’s number 2 scorer with 10 goals and assisting on 4 goals. She concluded both her seasons with the honor of being named to the “1st Team All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.”Described as “crafty” by her head coach, Todd Curran, Allyson is not only smart but quick which makes for a strong offensive weapon and she will be a welcome addition to the Golden Eagles.
On the opposite side of the ball, Chanel Aguiar will be an outstanding defender for CSULA. Aguiar, as a freshman, was chosen as a team captain, a title that she retained for her sophomore year as well. In her first year as an Olympian, she brought her competitive spirit to compliment the aggressive speed of Mesa’s offense. As a team leader, the 5’8” defender consistently performed well and as Coach Curran puts it, “she puts herself in positions where she can win the ball.” Utilizing her skills to read the game and place herself in the right place at the right time consistently, earned her back to back years of winning of the “1st Team All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference” honors. This Hilltop High School graduate will undoubtedly play a crucial role in the Golden Eagles defensive game.
The women's soccer team had an impressive representation in the conference this season. The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected 4 of Mesa's players to the 1st Team All Conference and gave the highest honor of the PCAC to an Olympian. First team honors went to Chanel Aguiar, Kate Newman, Allyson Sherwood, and Brenda Coronel while Newman received the high honor of being named "Goalkeeper of the Year" for an impressive 2nd year. This all sophomore group combined a total of 19 goals scored and 13 assists while Newman stopped 77 potential goals and only allowed 12 in 1693 minutes of play.
Thanks to a very tough preseason schedule and some big wins over some top ranked teams, the women's soccer team earned a spot in the Regional Tournament at #8 out of 16 possible spots and the opportunity to host the #9 seed. In a match up that has all ready been played out twice, Mesa will face fellow PCAC team, Miramar College on Nov 19 at 7pm. Mesa has achieved a 12-3-5 overall record with losses to top notched teams like City College of San Francisco. In conference, Mesa is 8-2-4 with their only two losses to Cuyamaca and Miramar. This Regional matchup will be a heated battle as these two team bring their athleticism and aggressive style to the field of play.
October 31, 2011 Following some time off due to injuries, Kate Newman made a roaring comeback in a series of tough games. Stepping right into the fire, she shut out MiraCosta College 0-0, split with with fellow goalkeeper Genessis Michel against City in a 2-0 victory , and then held off Miramar in a 0-0 tie. Following the tie, she shut out Grossmont for her 10th one of the season. Newman has played 1333 minutes and has only allowed 6 goals against her. These statistics give her an impressive .4051 GAA (goals allowed average) on the season and ranked at as the number 4 goalkeeper in the state.
September 22, 2011 Allyson Sherwood has earned her place on the Women's soccer team at Mesa. A sophomore from Clairemont High School, Sherwood was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Athlete of the Week for the women's athletics. She has scored 3 goals and has 1 assist so far on the season. At the conclusion of her freshman season, she was named to the 2010 1st Team All PCAC in women's soccer. Thanks to the outstanding contributions by Sherwood, the Olympians are currently holding a record of 4-1-2 overall and are now ranked at #17 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association
Sept. 3, 2011
“Fantastic,” is how Head Coach Todd Curran described his team's performance against a tough Fresno College who is ranked at #5 in the nation. Their best playing was in the first 45 minutes of the game and they played with the level of intensity that has become the playing style of the women's soccer team. The defense was a solid challenge for the Rams as they pressed against the Mesa defenders but the Olympians would not be outdone and shut them down. It wouldn't be until the 38th minute that Mesa would score their only goal of the game thanks to the sharp shooting of freshman, Courtney Whisenhunt from La Jolla HS. The second half of the game was a bit more challenging for Mesa as Fresno came out with more intensity. But, again, the Olympian women would not be beat and they matched their level of intensity with Fresno's level and shut them down for the entire second half. Helping to secure the 1-0 win over the Rams was netminder Kate Newman, a sophomore from Scripps Ranch, with 4 saves against Fresno at the BK Classic Tournament. What does Coach Curran think about this win over the high ranking Fresno, “This is as good of a win as it gets.”
Sept. 1, 2011
A victory is ever so sweet when it's a complete team effort and the women's soccer team did just that against Rio Hondo at the BK Classic Tournament in Ventura, CA. The Olympians came out with a level of intensity that would continue the entire 90 minutes of play and contributed to the 3-0 victory over the Roadrunners. They displayed near perfect “possession soccer” and executed their passes with great control as they moved the ball around the defending Rio Hondo players. Scoring goals from the Mesa line up was Megan Cookson, a transfer student from Fordham University, Brenda Coronel, a sophomore from Sweetwater HS, and Allyson Sherwood, also a sophomore from Clairemont HS, with attempts from sophomores Chanel Aguiar, and Jocelyn Ortega. By utilizing the midfield, the Olympians were successful in keeping the ball away from their own goalkeeper, Kate Newman who only had to make 2 saves on the game thanks to the outstanding defense.
August 29, 2011
Following a solid performance against Foothill College the women's soccer team faced a tougher opponent in City College of San Francisco at CCSF. The first half was scoreless as the Olympians played a solid defense against the Rams and 2011's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, Kate Newman came up big for her team with 2 saves keeping the home team at bay. Offensively, Mesa had several chances to take a lead and one goal was shot past the goalkeeper by, PCAC 1st Team selection, Ally Sherwood but that goal would be called back on a, questionable, off sides call against Mesa. The second half would test Mesa as the Rams would score the first goal of the game off a corner kick that found its way past Newman. CCSF continued to press hard against the Olympians but the women's team fought back and in the final 5 minutes of the game, they found themselves an opportunity with a corner kick but the Rams defense was able to get the ball away from their goal thus ending the game 0-1. Although it was a disappointing loss for Mesa, Coach Curran remains optimistic, “City College of San Francisco was a very good team. They will win a lot of games this season and they were very good competition for us for the beginning of the season.”
August 27, 2011
Not even 2 flat tires could keep the Olympians from starting off their season on a high note as they shut out the Foothill College Owls 2-0. The team traveled to Los Altos Hills for their 2011 season opener and despite a rocky start on their trip, the Olympians proved that they are made of something stronger. Sophomore Brenda Coronel was an unstoppable, offensive threat scoring both goals of the game. Coronel's first goal of the game came from a cross pass from fellow sophomore Ally Sherwood. Sherwood used her speed and agility to beat 2 Foothill defenders and hustled down the right flank to make a cross pass to Coronel for the first goal of the game. The second goal was off an assist from Jessica “Kika” Diaz, a freshman from Mission Bay High. On the run, Diaz spotted Coronel on the left side of the penalty box and knew that she had to beat her defender to get a solid pass off to her teammate. Diaz was successful and Coronel sent a shot to the far post making the score 2-0 Mesa. Thanks to the tough defense of her teammates, goalie Kate Newman was barely tested by the Owls and only had to make 2 saves on the day. Head coach, Todd Curran was very pleased with his team's start on the season. “They did really well considering the start before the game and everything that we went through in getting there. The defense was really good for such a long trip.”
Goalkeeper and sophomore player Amandine Bahro announces her signing to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. The NAIA school is offering Bahro a full academic scholarship and a spot on the 2011-2012 Women's Soccer team. Although she is currently majoring in Behavioral and Social Sciences here at Mesa, she is going to be studying Computer Information at MVC with intentions of joining their ROTC program. Leaving behind the comfort of her hometown, Amandine will be joining a school that she describes as small and as having a very relaxed atmosphere with “really nice people” which is what drew her to the Midwestern college. Following her graduation from MVC, Bahro plans to serve her country in the US Army and then become a US Marshal.
The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference announced their selections for the "All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference" team on Nov. 17, 2010. Mesa's top net minder, Kate Newman earned herself the coveted title of "Goalkeeper of the Year" while 4 other teammates also received top honors. Brenda Coronel, Allyson Sherwood, Chanel Aguiar, and Joanna Ortega all deserving earned their title of "All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference 1st Team."
November 16, 2010
The women's soccer team pushed their way through the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and fought through a “must win” week to take their position at 2nd in the conference and hopefully earn a spot in the regional tournament. Head Coach, Todd Curran's team found out their fate in the seeding meeting where Mesa would earn their bid as the #15 seed with a 13-7 record and 12-4 conference record and would travel to play the #2 seed Ventura College at Ventura. This bid marks a very impressive 11th appearance in the regional tournament in the past 12 years for the women's soccer team.
The November 20th game will be a rematch of the 2008 Regional Semi-finals where Mesa was ranked as the #7 seed and Ventura was the #2. As the lower seed, the Olympians made the trek to Ventura and got the better of the Tigers as they beat them 2-0 to advance to the State Tournament. Ventura will be a tough competitor this year as they finished their regular season 15-3-2 and went 12-0 in the Western State Conference and were crowned conference champions. However, it is the trademark of Mesa to play hard and not back away from a challenge when they have a goal in mind and when those elements come together, the Olympians are unstoppable.
First Round Regional Tournament: Nov. 20 at Ventura College
November 11, 2010
Linda Gomez was given a big task in her first start of the season in a must win situation for the Mesa Olympians. A victory against the hosting Mira Costa College would lock Mesa into second place giving them a fighting chance for a spot in the regional tournament. Gomez would step up to the challenge and not disappoint her coaches or teammates as she put away goals in the first half. Going into the 12th minute, a corner kick would pop out towards Gomez who used the far post to her benefit and bent the ball past the Spartans goal keeper. This early goal became a spark in the Mesa offense because only two minutes later, Jaana Kalber found Gomez who was able to cut through the aggressive defense and slid the ball into the net. The Olympians ended the first half with momentum and a 2-0 lead.
The second half would mirror the first as Mesa scored the first goal of the half in the 57th minute of the game. Camille Alvarado earned a free kick for Mesa and would take the unassisted goal giving the Olympians a 3-0 lead early in the second half. Another scoring opportunity would present itself in the 73rd minute for Brenda Coronel and Kayla Balke. Coronel was able to intercept the ball from Mira Costa and found her way to Balke who was able to put the ball away for a 4-0 score. The Spartans continued to try and change the momentum on the field by applying pressure to the Mesa women but the Olympians refused to be beat in their last Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match up. As the 88th minute approached, Gomez took a high shot hitting the crossbar and teammate Allison Cauzza played a perfect rebound position, recovered the ball and tapped the ball into the opponent's net ending the game 5-0 and giving Mesa their place at second in the PCAC.
For the first time in the history of San Diego Community College Women's Soccer programs, a team has advanced to the State Final Four. Since the inception of Women's Soccer in 1988, no community college team from San Diego County has ever made it this far. In addition, this is the first time this high of seed (#7) has ever made it to the final four from Southern California.
Mesa College's run began on November 22nd:
#7 San Diego Mesa 1 vs. #10 Santa Barbara 0 - in 2 OT
In their first home playoff game, a back and forth affair found both teams desperate for a good chance on goal. Yasmina Taketa had two fantastic crosses in the first half but Mesa was unable to convert. Mesa finally broke through in the first minute of the first overtime as Taketa took the corner kick and sent it to the near post. Sola Esparza flicked it on from the near post where Danielle Carr headed towards goal. The second header hit the post and after a scuffle in front of the box, Jessica Hernandez slid through the fray and put the ball in the back of the net. Santa Barbara applied pressure throughout the match but Tiffany Apple was up to the task and had 6 key saves to preserve the shutout.
#7 San Diego Mesa 2 vs. #2 Ventura 0
On Tuesday night, November 25th in a driving rain, San Diego Mesa took on the #2 seed Ventura College Pirates. Despite the adverse conditions, Mesa came out on fire and scored in the fifth minute on a cross from Emily Jenkins, tapped on by Yasmina Taketa and calmly deposited in the back of the net by Chelsea Gentry. Fifteen minutes later, a nifty one-two pass from Taketa to Sola Esparza resulted in Esparza calmly firing a low liner past the outstretched arms of the Ventura keeper. After dominating the first half, Mesa held strong in the second half and the MVP of the match had to be defender Sierra Williams. She shut down All-State Forward Jaz Strozier all game and helped Tiffany Apple preserve her second straight playoff shutout.
#7 San Diego Mesa 1 vs. #6 Santiago Canyon 1 - Mesa wins in Pk's 5-4
On a beautiful afternoon on November 29th at Santiago Canyon, Mesa found a way to advance to its first final four appearance in its history. After playing through a sluggish first half, Mesa surrendered its first goal of these playoffs in the 43rd minute. Responding to the challenge, the Olympians came out in the second half with a renewed energy and earned a free kick from 40 yards out in the 55th minute. Jessica Hernandez sent a curling free kick that dropped in just under the cross bar to knot the game at 1-1. Defensively Tiffany Apple was fantastic in goal again. She had 11 saves during the game and 2 OT's. Apple then turned in another outstanding performance during the PK's, saving two shots as the teams went to a dramatic 7 kickers. Apple saved the seventh kick on a diving sprawl to her left and then captain Samantha Mellinger calmly deposited the seventh kick for Mesa to send them to their First Final Four.
State Final Four
#1 Santa Rosa vs. #7 San Diego Mesa College Friday Dec. 5th at 4 PM
#1 Cerritos vs. #3 Modesto Friday Dec. 5th at 7 PM
Winners meet for the State Championship on Sunday at 2 PM.
The Mesa College Women's Soccer Program is proud to announce the success of several of their athletes that have continued their careers at four year institutions. The following is a list of the players and their successes:
We are very proud of all of our alumni and wish them the best in the rest of their seasons and into the postseason!
If you are interested in the soccer program, please contact Head Coach Todd Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-388-2430.