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Gators cap season with CCAA title, tourney berth

Nov. 15, 2010 -- The SF State women's soccer team wrapped up a successful season that included its second berth in the NCAA Division II soccer tournament in the past three seasons and the University's first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship in any sport.

The SF State women's soccer team at the CCAA Championships

The SF State women's soccer team at the CCAA Championships. Photo by Joe Danahey.

SF State took the lead early in the second half of its first round NCAA tournament match against UC San Diego, on a goal by junior forward Kara Cunningham, but couldn't stop the Tritons, who scored three goals late in the game to hand SF State a 3-1 loss. "We had an excellent season and had a great time with a great group of student-athletes," SF State head coach Jack Hyde. "We accomplished more this season than we have done in the past." 

The Gators finished the season with an 11-5-5 record, and secured the University's first CCAA championship in any sport since joining the league in 1998. The Gators' road to the CCAA championship wasn't easy. SF State won its last two games of the tournament over CSU Los Angeles and UC San Diego in penalty kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Annicia Jones recorded three saves in the two penalty kick rounds to help secure the championship for the Gators. Jones finished the season with a school-record 12 shutouts.

Several Gator athletes earned CCAA tournament awards for their performances, including senior midfielder Carly Bliss, who was named tournament most valuable offensive player, and Jones, who was named most valuable defensive player. Senior forward Myriah Johnson, sophomore midfielder Michelle Spinner and sophomore defender Nicole Smith were also named to the CCAA All-Tournament Team.

For more information on the SF State women's soccer team, visit www.sfstategators.com

-- Michael Bruntz


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