Two Sophmores Pace Dons

Leader / Sophomore Brianna Cruz scored eight points with three goals and two assists in 21 games last season. / Jorge Campos / el Don

With a new coach and 10 returning sophomores women’s soccer fights for at least one more victory

By Jorge Campos

The Dons open the 2014 season looking to improve on a 3-15-3 2013 record in 2013 with a new coach and an improved work ethic.

“Our record last year left room for improvement.  The ladies have been working hard in this offseason and are determined to have a better year,” Head Coach Jaymie Baquero said.

Last season Santa Ana College finished seventh in the Orange Empire Conference with a 1-12-3 OEC record, failing to make the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.

“We have a strong core of returning players that are committed to this program and want to see it grow,” Baquero said.

SAC returns with 10 sophomores, including its second and third leading point scorers from last season, forward Syprus Ohanesian and midfielder Brianna Cruz.

“I’m one of the older girls out here now, so I had to mature. These younger girls are looking up to me now,” Ohanesian said.   

Ohanesian scored 10 points on four goals and two assists in 20 games started, while Cruz notched eight points with three goals and two assists in 21 starts during the 2013 campaign.

“As a sophomore you have to have confidence and be the leader of this team,” Cruz said.   

But aside from the turnover on the roster the Dons also have a new signal caller on the sideline in Baquero.

“She brought some stuff we needed help with and fixed some stuff we didn’t do last year,” Ohanesian said.

The Dons play Palomar College Wednesday at 4 p.m.