SRJC women's, men's teams set for Round 2

Round One of the California Community College north regional women’s soccer championships is over and it went according to plan.

Sixteen teams seeded Nos. 1-16.

Gone are Nos. 9-16.

And just what Santa Rosa Junior College head coach Emiria Salzmann didn’t want to see is about to happen – Cosumnes River will walk out on to that new artificial surface field as the Bear Cubs foe when Round Two commences at 2 p.m. today.

“They (Cosumnes River) are very, very good,” Salzmann said Monday. “I only wish they had been placed on the other side of the bracket so we would have had to play them much later on.”

Had the Hawks been on the other side, that “much later on” date would have been in the State Final Four Dec. 4th which is where Salzmann and the Bear Cubs are aiming to be.
Cosumnes River, the No. 5 seed, advanced by shutting out Butte, 3-0, and improving to 13-4-4.

SRJC didn’t ease into Round Two, the Bear Cubs hammered their way out of the opening round with a 7-0 win over Cabrillo on Saturday. Danielle Carr, Annacy Wilson and Alesha Laranjo all scored in a span of 10 minutes late in the first half and SRJC eased to the win.
The fourth-seeded Bear Cubs are now 14-5-2 and Salzmann is convinced that if win No. 15 is to come today it won’t be easy.

“But I think we are ready for the challenge,” said the third-year SRJC head coach.
Just a glance at the Hawks’ accolades would prove Salzmann’s glowing evaluation of Cosumnes River (ranked No. 7 in the state) to be accurate.

They’ll lineup with the MVP of the Big 8 Conference (Dani Arrellano); the Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year (Bianca Palomera); and five All-Big 8 first team players.

During the regular season, SRJC tied the Hawks, 1-1, in a game played at Trione Field. And they beat the Hawks, 2-1, in Sacramento.

The SRJC men are also into Round 2 of the playoffs. The Bear Cubs, No. 5 seed, will travel to No. 4 seed Modesto for a 2 o’clock game today.

SRJC advanced out of the first round with a 3-1 win at home over De Anza. Modesto was a 1-0 winner over Yuba.

SRJC is 12-2-5 on the season while Modesto enters the game at 11-4-6. The two teams played to a pair of ties during the regular season.

Third-round contests for both men’s and women’s tournaments will be played on Saturday.