SRJC women’s soccer program sending 9 to 4-year schools

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A long-time soccer power, the Santa Rosa Junior College women’s team is sending a bumper crop of players to the NCAA ranks next season.

The Bear Cubs have nine players set to debut at the four-year college level next season.

“That’s some pretty exciting news for our program,” coach Tracy Hamm said.

The former Cal great who played professional soccer, Hamm is focused on developing players for the next level of college soccer. She took over the Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Junior College coach Tracy Hamm in 2013. (PD FILE)

Santa Rosa Junior College coach Tracy Hamm in 2013. (PD FILE)

program in 2012.

“It’s been great being at the JC. I feel like I’m really, really prepared,” said Erica Cunningham, who will play at the University of San Francisco.

“A lot of us didn’t think we could go out and do this. It’s so awesome.”

Here are the players moving onm along with the colleges they will suit up for in the fall:

Christina Rebata, Arizona State (Casa Grande)
Erica Cunningham, San Francisco (Ursuline)
Courtney Rebata, Humboldt State (Casa Grande)
Jill Anderson, Humboldt State (Santa Rosa)
Ashley Luis, Sonoma State (Casa Grande)
Molly Schuster, San Francisco State (Analy)
Ashley Smith, University of Texas-Permian Basin (Analy)
Shelby Nieto, Adelphi University (Windsor)
Sarah Thompson, Western Oregon (Maria Carrillo)

Players credit Hamm with challenging them to become better players while taking care of business in the classroom so they can make the jump when the time comes.

“She told us how things work. She’s also very realistic. She always told us what we needed to do,” Cunningham said. “It’s the overall experience that she’s building.”

— Michael Coit, The Press Democrat

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