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William Jessup wins first league soccer title

By: Staff Report
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Completing its rise from worst to first in the conference, the William Jessup University women’s soccer team captured its first Cal Pac championship, posting a 10-1-1 conference record this season. The Warriors led the conference in goals per game and goals against, using a combination of stout defense and an opportunistic offensive attack. Sandy Hanania of Folsom was the team’s leading goal scorer with 13 goals, followed by El Dorado freshman Lindsey Cesena, Jacque Cassell of San Ramon, and San Jose’s Lily Chavez, who had six goals piece. Defensive standouts included sophomore defender KC Ziebarth of Applegate and Goalie Dixie Blackwell of Lake Forest. The Lady Warriors’ regular season was highlighted by an upset over Menlo at home in early October and the team finished with a flurry, going 6-1-1 in their final eight matches. The Warriors were defeated by Dominican in San Raphael, but played to a 2-2 tie on their home field on Oct. 28. William Jessup was awarded the conference title when it was discovered that Dominican University of San Raphael had played an ineligible player in six conference games. The player was initially ruled eligible in the Penguin’s admissions department, but upon receiving her final transcripts, she was found to be short credit hours. The forfeits dropped the Penguins from 10-0-2 to 4-6-2 in conference play. “We are definitely excited to represent the Cal Pac in the post season,” Howard said. “You definitely have to feel for Dominican because they are a great team and I really admire how they have handled this unfortunate situation. Despite how the opportunity comes, we want to do our best to represent our University and our conference in the playoffs and enjoy this experience.” The team will play a first-round playoff game at Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, and a win will send William Jessup to Daytona Beach, Fla. to compete in the NAIA National Championship in December.