Women's Soccer Season
Cuesta Soccer Lands Five on All WSC Teams
SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 14, 2016)- Cuesta Women’s Soccer landed five players on the 2016 All Western State Conference teams led by lone first team selection Brooke Canepa (Sonora HS). The Cougars ended the season in 5th place in the WSC with a 1-7-2 record against the loop, but were 3-13-4 overall. The Cougars opened the season with a 2-0-1 mark during their pre-conference schedule, but struggled against a WSC circuit, which included two playoff teams. The Cougars did have some bright spots against the WSC. They opened conference play with a three-goal game against playoff-bound Ventura and added a season-high four-goals in their win at Oxnard. Overall Cuesta was 0-8 against playoff teams and 3-5-4 against the rest of the field. Five Cuesta players, including Canepa, were accorded all-WSC honors.
Sophomore Defender Brooke Canepa’s (Sonora HS) enjoyed two outstanding seasons for the Cougars. She was named to the 2016 All Western State Conference First Team after being a member of the loop’s second team as a freshman. She also named the team’s Most Valuable Player this season, after earning the unit’s “Most Outstanding” Award in 2015. Canepa played with unmatched intensity and she made sure opponents always played a tough game against the Cougars. Canepa was always dangerous when she moved up to midfield and threat to make a run for the goal. She scored two goals during her career at Cuesta.
Sophomore Defender Christen Engel (Forest Hill) and Freshman Midfielder Alyssa Harris (Sonora HS) were both named to the 2016 All-WSC Second Team. Engel is recognized as one of the best athletes on campus. She was a 2015 all-WSC First Teamer as a freshman and also claimed the WSC’s Heptathlon title last Spring during track season. Engel continued her high level of play this season and once again joined Canepa to form the backbone of the Cougars’ defense. She also scored one goal on the offensive side of the pitch this season. Freshman Alyssa Harris (Paso Robles HS) opened her collegiate career with a flourish and scored in her first five games of the year. She netted nearly half of the Cougars’ 23 goals this season and Cuesta has not had a player score more than her team-leading 10-goal total since 2011. She led the team with 23 total points this season.
Goaltender Sarah Siems (Yucaipa HS) and Midfielder Victoria Gracie (Tracy HS) were both accorded all-WSC honorable mention. Siems played Forward for the Cougars in 2015 and also began her sophomore campaign on the frontline. She scored a goal in the Cougars’ first win of the year, but injuries in the goal moved her into the nets. She recorded 124 saves on the year, which is the 10th best total in Cuesta history. She was also voted the team’s Most Inspirational Player. Gracie enjoyed her second straight year in the midfield for the Cougars. She was a veteran presence in the middle of the pitch and led the Cougars’ transition. Gracie also scored once on the season.
2016 All-WSC Honors
First Team Brooke Canepa - MVP
Second Team Christen Engel
Second Team Alyssa Harris
Honorable Mention Sarah Siems- Most Inspirational
Honorable Mention Victoria Gracie
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