With a final record of 16 wins, 6 losses and 3 ties, it was another great year
for the Foothill College women's soccer team. The team also made it to the California
Community College "Final Four" for the first time in school history!
In the playoffs, Foothill beat #1 ranked Fresno with a score of 1-0 and #4 ranked Cosumnes River at a final score of 2-1. Coach Flannery said, "This was a special season for us. The girls were dedicated and very hard working from the very first practice. Each week the team improved and by the end of the season we were a tough team to beat. We finished ranked #17 in the country which was our first time being ranked top 20 in the country."
This year's team had many star players. Sophomore forward Brittany Squarcia had 18 goals and 10 assists, she led the Coast Conference in points. Sophomore Samantha Street, the team's Goalkeeper, was ranked #6 in the state. Sophomore center defender Gianna Bertana, one of the team's captains, led the team's defensive efforts. Overall the team was very young with 14 talented freshmen. Assistant Coach Alan Kute said, "Being a young talented team is exciting because we will have a whole year to coach these girls, hone their skills, and watch them continue to improve. Hopefully we will have another strong recruiting class and can repeat the success we had this year."
Foothill College women's soccer team had a very exciting season. The team played against some of the top
teams in California and proved once again that they can compete with anyone. The Coast Conference was very
challenging this year yet Foothill College was still able to find a way to finish in first place. Foothill
College has now won the league championship 4 of the last 5 years. This year's team was honored by winning
a few all-league honors. Midfielder of the year went to Kelsey Burke, Defender of the year went to Korinne
Estrada and GK of the year went Sandra Hjelmstierna. "All three players deserved these awards and we are
very happy for them" said head coach Owen Flannery.
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With one week to go our lady owls are in first place in league and have ended the season on fire winning
or tying 13 of their last 15 games. This year's team has played many of the top teams in the State of
California and even tied the number 1 team in northern California. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year
for Foothill with a total of 16 freshmen, 7 of them are starters. The team also has 6 sophomores and 4 of
them are regular starters. The team captains have really stepped it up this year and have welcomed all of
the new players onto the team with open arms. The team environment has been very inclusive and fun thanks
to the captains and their leadership. Foothill College has won the league championship 4 of the last 5
years and took 2nd place the only other time they didn't win it all. Coach Flannery said "This has been one of
the best seasons of my life as a coach. This team is very dedicated, hard working, confident and positive
with each other. I wish every team I have coached had this time of work rate. I really believe the sky is
the limit for them in the playoffs this year." With only one week to go before the playoffs we wish the team tons of success.
Foothill College played for the first time on the new soccer field. "The new complex is amazing.
We have everything you could ever want. This new soccer complex will really help us play beautiful soccer
this year." said assitant coach Ed Villalpando. The game was very evenly played with both teams
playing good defense. In the first half of the game Owls freshman Bryanna Lopez had a nice break away
and took a good shot but the Menlo GK made a great save. Both teams looked very dangerous on set plays
as well. Coach Owen Flannery said, "I am happy with the way this game went. Our team played good today.
They moved the ball well together, and at times, looked as if they had played together for years."
The Owls play next against Cal State East Bay Next Tuesday.
Foothill College will start their season Monday August 15th. All of the returners,
recruits and walk ons will report to camp on the 15th. I believe this will be one of
the most talented soccer teams we have ever had at Foothill College. Coach Flannery
said, "I am really excited to work with this special group of players for the 2011
season. We have a good group of returners who have great leadership skills and our
incoming freshman are all very positive and upbeat. I am looking forward to seeing
these student-athletes come together and play beautiful soccer."
If you would like to join the women's soccer team at Foothill College please contact head coach Owen Flannery as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org
Foothill College recently finished an incredible spring season. First, Foothill College
hosted Holy Names University; HNU is one of the best NAIA soccer programs in Northern
California. Both teams play very entertaining soccer. Each team had numerous chances.
It was great to see ex foothill College star GK, Tiffany Irizarry starting for HNU.
Tiffany Irizarry the HNU GK played very well and kept FC from scoring.
Second, the FC team played San Jose State University, in Spartan Stadium. Coach Flannery said, "This was an amazing experience for our team. To get and opportunity to play a strong NCAA Div I program was very exciting for our team." FC played very well and was able to keep the score close even in the last few minutes of the game. SJSU was loaded with talent and again had an ex FC player, All American Stephanie Bales, played for SJSU. Coach Flannery said, "To me, I thought the play of the game was watching Stephanie Bales and Patty Vega battle it out 1 vs. 1 on the soccer field. Stephanie was great to watch, she was flashy and dynamic, she would need to be however to try and beat the leagues best defender in Patty Vega. The play ended with Patty having to make a last second slide tackle to save a goal for our team."
FC also had a few good chances especially a first half break away that just missed wide. The last game of the year was against NCAA Div I Cal Poly SLO. Cal Poly has a great team. They moved the ball well and were in great shape. After the first half it was 1 to 1. Brittany Huth made a great angle run from the left side of the field. Laura Angulo switched the field and then played a great through ball to Brittany. Brittany one touched it to the far post to score the goal. As the game went on it was nice to see the two teams battle. Cal Poly had more possession but FC played very tough defense and Mikaela Jakobsson the FC GK made some very nice saves.
We played each spring season game to give our players an opportunity to play at the top level, give our players another chance to get recruited, and lastly to give our sophomores a few great memories. It was wonderful to see how far our team has come and to see our players holding their own against some of the best players in the country.