Undefeated: SRJC women’s soccer team makes school history with perfect regular season

Bear Cubs defender Megan Flynn fights for possession of the ball against San Joaquin Delta College. Flynn is part of a dominant defensive unit that allowed just nine goals over the entire regular season.

Anthony Sosa, Assistant Sports Editor

   The Santa Rosa Junior College women’s soccer team [17-0-4, 10-0-4] accomplished an impressive feat as they finished the 2015 season undefeated.

   Although the team ended the regular season with a 2-2 tie against Modesto Junior College Nov. 13 they still completed the season without a loss, and finished first in the Big 8 Conference.

   Head coach Crystal Howard emphasized that even though finishing the season undefeated was impressive it was more of a feat to score 77 goals and only allow 9. “That is a huge accomplishment for this program,” Howard said.

   Defense clearly was a strong suite for the club this season. The defensive back four, and goalkeeper Ali Miller made it difficult for any opponent to score.

   The defense stayed strong from start to finish this season, providing a steady compliment to an electric offense led by Amanda Galbraith and Sophia Maso.

   With an average of over 3.7 goals scored per contest, its no mystery why this team was able to etch its name into the SRJC athletics history books.

    Even with a offense putting up impressive numbers, the team believes that its defense is its backbone.

“Ali Miller has done a great job stepping up as a freshman goalkeeper. She still has a lot to learn and will only continue to get better,” Howard said. “She has had the privilege of having an outstanding defensive back four that has made her job a little easier. I give credit to the back five for the unbelievable stay.”

   The Bear Cubs now prepare for the first round of the Big 8 Conference playoffs.

   “We have to continue to stay focused and competitive. Our big year goal is to get to the final four.

   That goal will continue to motivate us and drive our competitiveness to achieve that goal,” Howard said.

   The team looks to continue its fairy  tale season when the playoffs begin Nov. 21, location TBA.