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Cougar Women's Soccer Has Nine Earn Post-Season Awards

College of the Canyons sophomore midfielder Crystal Sanchez was one of nine players to be honored with a Western State Conference (WSC) post-season award. 
—Jacob Velarde/COC Sports Information    
College of the Canyons sophomore midfielder Crystal Sanchez was one of nine players to be honored with a Western State Conference (WSC) post-season award. —Jacob Velarde/COC Sports Information    

By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director

Led by four First-Team selections, College of the Canyons women's soccer saw a total of nine players from the 2018 team honored with post-season All-Western State Conference (WSC) awards.

COC sophomore midfielder Crystal Sanchez led the way with a stat line that included eight goals and three assists to go with a team-high 49 shots. Sanchez also earned All-WSC First-Team honors as a freshman in 2017.

Freshman midfielder/forward Gracell Magnaye finished second on the team with five goals across 18 starts to join Sanchez as a Fist-Team selection. 

Sophomore Alexa Thornblad also earned a First-Team selection after logging four goals and an assist while splitting time between multiple positions. Thornblad previously earned Second-Team honors as a freshman.

Freshman midfielder Giselle Alvarado rounded out the First-Team selections for Canyons. 

Representing COC with All-WSC Second-Team honors were freshman defenders Isabella Penaranda (one goal/one assist) and Jenny Patino, and sophomore midfielder Alondra Solis (four goals/three assists). Solis also earned All-Conference First-Team honors as a freshman. 

Goalkeeper Ana Spross (1.83 GAA, 93 saves) and midfielder Angelina Maldonaldo were both recognized with Honorable Mention selections.

Canyons qualified for the postseason for an eighth consecutive year after a season in which the Lady Cougars finished as conference runner to end the program's streak of seven straight WSC titles.

COC (8-8-3, 5-1-2) ended its season with a 2-1 playoff loss to conference champion Antelope Valley College in the opening round of the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs.

Stay up to date on all this season's action by following the College of the Canyons Athletic department on social media at @COCathletics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

—Photo by Jacob Velarde/COC Sports Information    

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