In a thrilling and hard-fought journey, the Santa Monica College women's soccer team displayed prowess and determination throughout the season, ultimately reaching the Top 8 round of the 3C2A. Despite an outstanding run that saw them emerge victorious against Mira Costa College and Saddleback with narrow 1-0 triumphs, their dreams of a state championship were dashed in a heart-wrenching 3-2 defeat to Cypress College.
Under the guidance of Head Coach Aaron Benditson, the team showcased remarkable resilience and skill, exemplified by their stellar performance in the conference that secured them a spot in the playoffs. The road to the Top 8 was marked by moments of brilliance, including the exceptional contributions of Vashti Zuniga.
The clash against Cypress College proved to be a nail-biter, with both teams displaying tenacity and skill. Unfortunately, the team fell short in the dying moments of the match, conceding a last-minute goal that sealed their fate in a 3-2 loss. Despite the disappointment, the team's journey to the Top 8 showcased their determination and the caliber of their abilities.
As the season comes to a close, the Santa Monica College women's soccer team can reflect on a season filled with triumphs and challenges. Their accomplishments in the conference and the impressive victories in the playoffs underscore the hard work and dedication of both the players and their coach, Aaron Benditson. While the Top 8 defeat may sting, it doesn't diminish the overall success and the pride they brought to Santa Monica College throughout this remarkable season.