Women’s soccer academic all-state teamFive members of the COC women’s soccer program have been named to the 2016 California Community College Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Academic All-State Team. The five honorees from Canyons are the most from any community college in the state. A total of 37 players representing 18 schools were selected for inclusion on this year’s CCCAA Academic All-State Team. Honorees must have participated in at least one season of soccer and completed at least 24 semester units with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Awards are based on the 2015-16 academic year. The group of honorees from COC includes: • Jade Ane — liberal studies major • Amanda Balzer —automotive technology major • Hanna Halstead — business accounting major • Kianna Hemphill — sociology major • Isabella Hochner — American Sign Language major Aside from being stars in the classroom, this group has also made significant contributions on the field. Balzer and Hochner were both All-Western State Conference first-team honorees in 2015. Meanwhile Halstead and Hemphill were both named All-WSC second team that same season, with Ane also providing a strong defensive presence on a team that won the 2015 WSC, South Division championship — the program’s fifth consecutive conference title. “I am extremely proud of our Academic All-State Team members,” said COC coach Justin Lundin. “They have exhibited the drive and dedication needed to be successful both in the classroom and on the field, and are representative of what it means to be a College of the Canyons student-athlete.”
Men’s soccerThe COC men’s soccer team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 2-0 win over conference-leading Victor Valley College to pull within six points of the WSC, South Division’s top spot. Canyons (7-10-2, 3-3-1) scored in the ninth minute when sophomore midfielder Aaron Winsick booted a rebound off the goalpost to the back of the net to break the scoreless tie. The goal was Winsick’s second of the season, with both scores coming over the last four games. The Cougars seized the momentum created by the early goal and were able to build on their lead when midfielder Jaime Erazo scored his first goal of the season in the 30th minute of play. Freshman Arman Tagavi logged an assist on the play, and Canyons took a 2-0 lead into halftime. COC goalkeeper Cristian Arriaga finished the contest with five saves, including four in the second half, to improve to 7-10-2 on the season. His 96 saves this season continue to lead the WSC, while his five shutouts place him in a tie for second. Canyons has three regular season games remaining with a chance to climb the conference standings. The Cougars are currently tied for third place with Citrus (8-6-2, 3-3-1), trailing second place Glendale (8-6-4, 3-1-3) and Victor Valley (11-6-2, 5-1-1) in the top spot. COC will next travel to Bakersfield College at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by a road matchup with Antelope Valley College on Nov. 8. The Cougars close out the regular season at home vs. Citrus on Nov. 11.