Bulls-eye set on defending champions

Taking the conference by storm with a 4-0 away win against Mt. San Antonio College, the Cerritos College women’s soccer team remains unvanquished with a 19-0-1 record, and it looks forward to the Southern California Regional Playoffs on Saturday.

The defending national and state champions seek success in the playoffs Saturday, and desires to capture its fourth state title in the past six years.

The one, sole tie the women’s team has sustained was against the very team it defeated last Friday, Mt. San Antonio College.

Tieing up at 2-2 last time around in an uncharacteristic performance, the women’s soccer team executed well.

Sophomore defensive midfielder Lyanna Farran wants the new players coming in to give it all they have on the field.

“They have to go out hard every game and play like it’s their last.”

The target has been painted on the back of the Falcons, as the team has the defending title.

“Other teams got stronger this year,” sophomore midfielder Claudia Lopez said. “We got stronger, too, but that doesn’t mean that they are going to take it easy on us.”

Seeding is currently being determined, but the women’s team’s record gives it an edge over last year.

Head coach Ruben Gonzalez has “an experienced team” at his disposal ready to defend the title.

“I have 10 sophomores, and eight of those 10 sophomores played a big part last year when we won the state, and national championships. They know what it takes to get it done, and the freshman have gone under their wings.”