Cuesta women’s soccer lands 5 North County players on All-WSC teams


Ramirez, Andrade make first team

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cuesta College women’s soccer enjoyed its best season in over a decade as the Cougars spent most of the season in the state rankings and posted a 13-7 record on the year. Cuesta finished third with a 6-4 record in the Western State Conference and landed seven players on the 2018 All-Western State Conference teams, led by three first-team selections — Martha Mora (Coast Union HS), Alley Andrade (Atascadero HS), and Serena Ramirez (Atascadero HS). The Cougars jumped out of the gates with a school-record five straight wins to open the campaign and spent the nearly the season in the state’s top 20.  Unfortunately, Cuesta’s 29th-ranked regional strength of schedule kept them out of the playoffs.
Freshmen Martha Mora (Coast Union HS), Alley Andrade (Atascadero HS), and Serena Ramirez (Atascadero HS) were all named to the 2018 All-Western State Conference First Team.  Mora enjoyed a record-setting debut and demolished two school records. Her 51 total points broke the record of 39 set in 1996 by Lacy Martin and tied the next year by Julie Othart, while her 21 goals blew passed the former standard of 16 set in 2000 by Angie Mouw and tied by Jenna Webb in 2006. She currently ranks sixth on Cuesta’s career scoring list. Andrade only scored two goals but led the team with 12 assists, which is the second highest single-season total in Cuesta History. Her aggressive runs out of the backfield drew attention and opened up her teammates as the Cougars finished the season 21st in the state in goals per game (2.90).   Ramirez held down the center of the field and led the transition for the Cougars. She also added 20 total points with seven goals and six assists.
Forward Sydnie Esser (Paso Robles HS) and Fullback Alyssa Greenblatt (Newbury Park HS) were both selected to the All-Western State Conference Second Team. An All-WSC Honorable Mention choice as a freshman, Esser blossomed this season alongside Mora as the Cougars’ No 2 scoring threat. She scored 11 goals and totaled 29 points (15th all time) and dished out seven assists. Her 46 career points and 18 career goals are both top 10 program marks.   Greenblatt spent her freshman season playing for New Mexico State and made an immediate impact on the Cougars’ backfield. She led a strong defensive line in front of Cuesta’s brace of first-year goalkeepers, as the Cougars held half of their opponents to a single goal or less.
Sophomore Midfielders Drea Mendoza (Paso Robles HS) and Mackenzie Wilson (Templeton HS) were the veteran backbone of the Cougar’s line-up and were both accorded all-Western State Conference Honorable Mention. Mendoza, a 2017 Second Teamer, added three goals and four assists on offense, while Wilson also added three goals and was third on the team with seven assists. Both players were highly regarded for their fearlessness on the pitch and their ability to turn a game’s momentum the Cougars’ way.
               

2018       All-WSC Honors


First Team                                            Martha Mora
First Team                                            Alley Andrade
First Team                                            Serena Ramirez
Second Team                                       Sydnie Esser
Second Team                                       Alyssa Greenblatt
Honorable Mention                              Drea Mendoza
Honorable Mention                               Mackenzie Wilson

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