Soccer: SRJC heads to championship ranked #1 in state

James L. Alban, Sports Editor


The last time the SRJC women’s soccer team played in the CCAA State Championship was in the 2008 semi-finals against Cerritos Community College. The Lady Bear Cub’s lost that game to the Eagles in overtime 4-2 and Cerritos eventually went on to win the state title.

SRJC got a chance to avenge that loss to Cerritos when the team went down south to Santa Clarita for the CCAA semi-finals Dec. 3.

The SRJC women’s soccer team earned their bid into the Final Four after a dominating 3-0 win at home in Round 3 of the playoffs against a Consumnes River team that tied the Bear Cubs twice this season in conference play.

This win topped off a stellar playoff home-stand for the number 1 seed Bear Cubs. In the three games at home, SRJC scored a combined eight goals, while limiting their opponents to one goal. The combination of a physical defense and speedy outside strikers has made it difficult for anybody to score on the Bear Cubs this season. SRJC has shutout their opponents in eight of its last 11 games; including playoffs.

The Bear Cubs (17-0-5) will need that aggressive defense on Friday if they want to remain undefeated when they face the number 4 seed Cerritos (21-1-2) out of Southern California. Cerritos is known to have an aggressive offense and their stingy defense has only allowed ten goals this season. The Eagles are coming off a huge victory against Southern California’s number 1 ranked Los Angeles Pierce College.

The Bear Cubs are ranked number 1 in California. They have won the Big 8 Conference title the last four years and are looking to win SRJC its first CCAA State-Championship title in school history. A win against Cerritos would advance SRJC into the Championship game against the winner of the San Bernardino Valley vs. Fresno game.