Women’s Soccer Team Wins Region Championship

MC Womens Soccer Team 2016

Photo by Michael Simone.

The women’s soccer team defeated Howard Community College 2–1 in the Region XX tournament to claim the 2016 Region XX/District H Championship on October 30, 2016.

The Raptors capped a 14-game winning streak with their championship victory. MC has outscored their opponents 91–10, scoring an average of 5.35 goals per game, and taking 21 shots per game. Nathaly Alvear leads the nation in assists with 28 and her teammate, Arielle Amaguana, is tied for second with 15 assists.

In the championship game, the Howard Community College Dragons scored early, and the Raptors trailed 1–0 at halftime. Howard’s defense made it difficult for the Raptors to get quality shots off or pass the ball cleanly. But in the 69th minute, Alvear served up a ball off a free kick that Gaelin Hirabayashi headed into the goal to tie the game. Ten minutes later, Amaguana dribbled the ball through the defense and got off a clean shot that found the back of the net.

Josselyn Flores, Ariella Amaguana, Alejandra Ramos, and Jennifer Pineda were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Raptors traveled to Toms River, New Jersey, to compete in the NJCAA DIII Women’s Soccer National Championship November 10–13. After a first-round win, the team lost two close games, finishing fourth in the nation.

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