After posting shutouts in all of their South Coast Conference South Division games, the Cerritos College women's soccer team swept the post-season awards. The Falcons (18-1-1, 8-0-0), who won their 12th consecutive title, saw freshman Mia Ramirez (Torrance HS) voted the Offensive Player of the Year, with freshman Brianna Yepez (Paramount HS) named the Defensive Player of the Year. It marks the third season in a row that Falcon players have received both of the awards. The young Cerritos team had 10 players receive all-conference recognition, with seven of them freshmen.
Ramirez currently ranks second in the state with 25 goals and 63 points, which both led the conference, while Yepez helped the team record eight clean sheets in divisional play, while their season 0.35 goals against average currently ranks sixth in the state. Also being named 1st Team all-conference were two-time selections Itzel Ballesteros (Maywood Academy HS) and Maria Hernandez (Sierra Vista HS), along with freshmen Stephanie Nava (Shadow Ridge, NV HS) and goalkeeper Deisy Rodriguez (Katella HS). Ballesteros, the division's Offensive Player of the Year last season, is tied for the state lead with 23 assists to go along with her 12 goals, while Hernandez has one goal and six assists from her midfielder position. Nava is currently tied for third on the team with nine goals, with Rodriguez posting a 17-0-1 record on the year so far with an 0.22 goals against average, which ranks third in the state.
Earning 2nd Team honors were freshmen Elizabeth Mendez (Long Beach Millikan HS), Mayela Medina (Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy HS) and Sophie Saouma (Esperanza HS), along with transfer sophomore Jacky Beristain (Foothill HS/South Carolina State University). Both midfielders, Medina has posted six goals and six assists this season, with Mendez accounting for four goals and one assist. The defensive pairing of Saouma and Beristain have been instrumental in the Falcons allowing just seven goals all season and posted 15 shutouts. Cerritos has shut out their last six opponents.
The Falcons, who are the five-time defending CCCAA State Champions, open the Southern California Regional Playoffs as the #4-seeded team and will host #13-seeded San Diego Mesa College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
January 20, 2018 W. Soccer: Trio of players receive their All-American awards
December 7, 2017 W. Soccer: Falcons have three named All-American
November 25, 2017 W. Soccer: State championship reign comes to an end
November 21, 2017 W. Soccer: Pair of first half goals powers Falcons in playoff win
November 18, 2017 W. Soccer: Defending champs advance with OT win
November 15, 2017 W. Soccer: Team sweeps divisional awards
November 14, 2017 W. Soccer: Cerritos seeded #4 for playoffs
November 11, 2017 W. Soccer: Win extends streak to 14 games in a row
November 9, 2017 W. Soccer: Falcons clinch division title with win
November 7, 2017 Cerritos soccer to host Operation Care Package
November 7, 2017 W. Soccer: Divisional title one win away for Falcons
November 3, 2017 W. Soccer: Shutout extends win streak to 11 games
October 31, 2017 W. Soccer: Stephanie Nava scores three times in win
October 27, 2017 W. Soccer: Trio of second half goals leads Falcons
October 24, 2017 W. Soccer: Weather and depth leads Falcons to win
October 20, 2017 W. Soccer: Early deficit doesn't faze Falcons in 3-1 win
October 17, 2017 W. Soccer: Mia Ramirez scores three times in win
October 13, 2017 W. Soccer: Victory over Mt. SAC extends win streak to five
October 6, 2017 W. Soccer: Itzel Ballesteros ties school record in win
October 3, 2017 W. Soccer: Offense puts nine on the board in win
September 29, 2017 W. Soccer: Falcons open divisional play with win
September 24, 2017 W. Soccer: Cerritos rebounds after first home loss in five years
September 20, 2017 W. Soccer: Home loss first in five years for the Falcons
September 19, 2017 W. Soccer: Team to honor 2007 state championship team
September 15, 2017 W. Soccer: Cerritos remains unbeaten after win
September 12, 2017 W. Soccer: First home game yields 7-1 win
September 10, 2017 W. Soccer: Falcons put four on the board in shutout win
September 7, 2017 W. Soccer: Team held scoreless in draw
August 29, 2017 W. Soccer: Cerritos explodes for 11 goals in season opener