The women from the Cañada College golf team have done it again.
And that means, it’s a four-peat.
With a win on Tuesday at Riverbend in Madera and a subsequent victory over Reedley College, the Lady Colts captured their fourth straight Coast Conference championship. They accomplished their 15-0 march through the season in style, too. The Lady Colts, led by Sarah Rotter’s 71 (1-under par), shot a school record 300. Rotter, who birdied four of the last five holes, also picked up the Conference Most Valuable Player with a 76 as her year average. That was one shot better than second. And that award comes a year after Rotter finished second.
“It was really exciting,” Rotter said. “The other player, she’s really great so I was honored to play next to her. It’s nice to know I was able to bring my ‘A’ game and really turn it on on the back side.”
“It was a really good match to watch,” said Cañada head coach Rick Velasquez. “The girls were just really excited to play today. They really focused well.”
Velasquez said the win was sweeter considering his team had hit a bit of a plateau the last couple of weeks and turned it up against a good Reedley squad
“I wasn’t sure we could get off it,” he said. “But we certainly did today.”
“It was really an intense match,” Rotter said. “We’ve been neck and neck all season. I think we just had a little more confidence. I got some great advice from my assistant coach and I really took it to heart.”
Laura Arellano shot a 73 for the Lady Colts and hit 17 greens in regulation. Kristi Wong shot a 74. Shannon Wong wasn’t too far behind with an 82. Rayla Hernadez turned in an 86 while Michelle Wong was good for an 87.
“We’re just going to take it one round at a time, one shot at time,” Rotter said about her squad heading into the Northern California championship on Nov. 11. “We just hope to do our best, make it to state and hopefully finish better than third. We go out there knowing everyone really respects one another and has each other’s back. That gives us a lot of confidence.”
Menlo College soccer
Menlo College senior Natalie Ingram scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season during Menlo’s two-win week and earned Cal Pac Offensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts.
A native of San Jose, Ingram helped the Lady Oaks to a 2-1 record last week that has Menlo just one point out of second place in the conference standings. A 2012 First Team All-Conference performer and 2012 Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year, Ingram is currently third on Menlo’s all-time scoring list with 23 career goals.
Ingram had a hand in her final match at Wunderlich Field last week.
In a 4-3 thriller against Marymount, Ingram scored an equalizing goal in the 62nd minute.
The Lady Oaks improve to 9-3 (6-2) while Marymount falls to 9-6 (6-3).
The first goal of the match came just five minutes in when Victoria Piazza found the net for her fourth goal of the season courtesy of an assist from Menlo senior Megan McKee. Just over 20 minutes later, the Lady Oaks extended its lead on a penalty kick from Kayla Cisneroz that was set up by a great run taken by Ingram who was fouled by Mariner keeper Andrea Poeschel. Cisneroz was clinical in her finish and was rewarded with her first goal of the 2013 campaign.
The remainder of the first half was dominated by Marymount who found the net twice, once in the 51st minute and once in the 38th, to tie it a two-all heading into the half.
Just five minutes into the half, Marymount took its first lead of the match courtesy of an unassisted goal from Mackenzie Collard. Playing from behind for the first time in the game sparked the Menlo offense and proved the Lady Oaks were not to be denied in their final game of the season on their home turf.
But it was Ingram in the 62nd that equalized and put open the door for Jocelyn Aguilar to score the game-winner.
CSM water polo
With only two games remaining on the conference schedule, second place is up for grabs in the Coast Conference and the College of San Mateo has its sights on it.
After a huge win over West Valley last week and then a dominate showing against Ohlone, the Lady Bulldogs will take on Cabrillo today with the winner all but locking up second place heading into the conference tournament.
“I learned from the girls that if we apply what we’ve been working on, in terms of the system, that is does work,” said CSM head coach Randy Wright about last week’s wins. “The system matches up with our strengths and it gives us the ability to be successful.”
A win on the road against Cabrillo is huge for two reasons, according to Wright. First, there will most likely be a rematch during the conference tournament and second, that rematch will favor the team that establishes superiority in today’s match.
“That’ll be a big game. They’ve had some great finishes all year. They’ve beat some teams we haven’t been able to beat,” Wright said. “They’ve done a good job. I’m going to say they have a speed advantage on us so we’re going to have to protect the middle of the pool where they are advantageous. I think that our defense in the half court has really come a long way. In terms of our offense, the flow of it is what it’s all about. We’re not necessarily going to the same card every time. They’re accessing what gives us the best chance to be successful. And then we’re going from there.”
CSM cross country
It’s a big a couple of tough weeks for the cross country program at CSM.
While the middle of the year showed great promise with the rise of a couple of new runners, the injury bug has struck and the Bulldogs go into the Coast Conference championships in Salinas today hoping they’ve healed up well enough to leave a solid mark and qualify for state.
“If we can get five (good times) at the conference meet, I think we have a really good shot at winning that,” said CSM head coach Joe Mangan, with particular regard to his women’s team.
The women performed very well at the Shasta Invitational. They took first, second, fourth and sixth place with Mei-Lin Okino winning the whole thing.
But heading into the conference meet, Alejandra Marin, Mangan’s No. 2, is one of those runners coming back from injury.
On the men’s side, Mangan was down Anthony Cortes (who finished second at Shasta) and Francisco Vargas. He’s hoping both will be ready for Tuesday’s event.
“If we got it all together, we can crack that top 10 and make it to the state meet,” Mangan said. “Not to have one or two of those guys would be detrimental. We don’t have that much depth.”