The Las Positas College women’s soccer team is coming off one of the most successful years in school history and all signs point to that high level of play continuing into the 2017 season. After compiling a record of 13-3-4, the Hawks were ranked #7 in Northern California and 13th in the state, their highest ranking in team history. They were especially tough to beat at home, sporting an 8-1-1 record in Livermore. Their thrilling first round playoff victory over Sierra College included a dramatic second half comeback that will be remembered as one of the most exciting Las Positas games of all time. Throughout the year, they were a dominant force on the offensive and defensive ends, scoring 77 total goals while only conceding 27.
The Hawks will look to build off of last year’s success and open the 2017 season with another team trip to the beautiful state of Hawaii. They will challenge themselves early and compete against two NCAA Division 2 schools in Hawaii Pacific and Chaminade University. This exposure will provide outstanding recruiting/transfer opportunities for the Las Positas student-athletes. Head Coach Paul Sapsford is eager to return to Hawaii with the team and anticipates another tremendous experience for his group: “I am most grateful to President Russell and Dean Law for supporting our Hawaii competition. This trip will build esprit de corps and memories that will last a lifetime, as well as create opportunities for our students to transfer to 4-year programs.” In addition to their high level of competition on the Big Island, the Hawks will also face off against perennially tough programs from Southern California including Ventura, College of the Canyons, Cypress, and Irvine Valley.
Sophomore Camila Fonseca returns for her sophomore campaign after recording 9 goals and 11 assists as a freshman, including the game-winning goal in the playoff win over Sierra. Fonseca has already accepted a scholarship to play soccer for Sacramento State University in 2018. Coach Sapsford has high expectations for his returners, anticipating to rely heavily on the leadership and character of sophomores MacKenzie Bammer, Rhiannon Adams, Yadi Torres, Jennifer Parker, and Caleigh Silva. The athleticism of Britni Myhre and skillful determination of Alaina Medellin are sure to contribute to the team’s success in 2017, all of whom have already done a great deal in enhancing the reputation of the women’s soccer program.
The Hawks are excited at the addition of many new faces to the program that are expected to have positive impacts as freshmen, both immediately and in building for the future. The Hawks recruited from some of the top youth soccer clubs in the Bay Area, including Mustang, West Coast, Santa Clara Sporting, and Pleasanton Rage. Coach Sapsford is confident these ladies will bring both high character and determination to the program. The Hawks will be bolstered by freshmen Leilani Sierra (Mustang), Azariah Douglas (Santa Clara Sporting), Paola Samaniego, Meghan Giamona, and Taylor Peterson (West Coast), as well as Dani Klessel and Tiara Lewis (Rage). Las Positas has also added an outstanding prospect in Elle Ray, a terrific goalkeeper who most recently starred for Liberty High School’s NCS championship team. The Hawks will have great depth at a number of positions, with freshmen Rocio Perez, Natalie Contreras, Anjelica Gonzalez, and Ayari Magana completing fantastic high school careers and joining the stellar recruiting class of 2017.