Cuesta women’s soccer team finishes 3rd in WSC

Local talent helps lead team to most wins since 2005

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cuesta College women’s soccer team played their final game of the season on Friday, losing to Ventura College, 6-0. The final tally was far from indicative of the season the girls played that included the highest win total since 2005 and saw multiple school records come down that have been held for more than 10 years.

The Cougars finished the season with a 13-7 record overall and a 6-4 record in the Western State Conference (WSC). The 13 wins are the sixth most wins in the 23 years of the program and they also finished with a winning record in the conference for the first time since 2009. Cuesta finished the season in third place in the WSC behind Ventura and Santa Barbara.

While the team was stacked with North County talent this season, including all three of its captains, it was a sophomore from Coast Union that led the Cougars. Martha Mora broke two school records this season, including one that had stood since 1997. Mora recorded 21 goals and nine assists this season, shattering both of the records for goals in a season, it was previously held at 16 by Angie Mouw of Santa Maria (2000) and Jenna Webb of Arroyo Grande (2006), and the record for total points in a season at 51, the previous record being 39 and being held by Lacy Martin of Templeton (1996) and Julie Othart of Bakersfield (1997).

The team is comprised of four girls from Atascadero in Brenae Damery, Serena Ramirez, Casey Dempsey, and Alley Andrade, two from Paso Robles in Sydnie Esser and Drea Mendoza, and one Templeton Eagle in Mackenzie Wilson and three of them have also found their way into the Cougars record books.

Esser was the team's second-leading scorer this season with 11 goals and finishes her career tied for eighth all-time in points and tied for seventh all-time in goals. Atascadero’s Andrade finished the season with a team-high 12 assists, also scored two goals, which placed her second all-time in single-season assists in Cougars history.

Former Greyhound Brenae Damery joined the team as a defender but made the switch to keeper to help out her team and get onto the field. As a first time goalie, Damery recorded 127 saves this year which was good enough to place her ninth overall in school history.

“Captains Aundrea Mendoza, Sydnie Esser and Mackenzie Wilson (Templeton) provided great leadership all season helping all the new players feel comfortable and provided a great atmosphere that allowed this year's Cuesta team become a solid unit,” women’s head soccer coach Bob Wilson said. “This was the first time in 8 years that Cuesta collected a winning overall record and a winning conference record. Hopefully, this new energy will continue and we can use this to springboard to an even more successful season next year.”

Captains Mendoza and Wilson each added three and two goals, respectively, and Ramirez, a former Pac 8 All-Conference player a year ago was third on the team in scoring with seven goals this year.


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