Jay Mason will look for players like Kaycee Uy to build the team around. David Wilson | The Poly Post)

Soccer bolsters defense with Division I transfer

The Broncos signed a Division I transfer from Kansas State in Taylor Rasmussen to help bolster the defense.

“I’m super excited to have a bigger role than I have in the past on other teams. I’m looking to step up and be a leader for this team and to also do well in league and hopefully get in the NCAA tournament,” said Rasmussen.

After losing 10 seniors to graduation, women’s soccer looks to build greater team chemistry as players fill new roles.

Alison Kung, left and Amanda Duran are returning for women’s soccer. (David Wilson | The Poly Post)

The Broncos took an eight-day trip to Costa Rica, as they looked to build relationships between one another and enjoy the different culture that Costa Rica has to offer.

“The trip to Costa Rica helped with our team chemistry. We graduated a significant amount of players, which leaves a great opportunity for our younger group and new players to come in and make it their own,” said coach Jay Mason.

Not only did the team sightsee, they also played matches and spent time with the community in Costa Rica.

The California Collegiate Athletic Association is one of the toughest conferences in the west region.

To earn an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament the team must win the CCAA tournament.

The Broncos have been knocked out in the first round of the CCAA conference tournament the last two years.

The Broncos just missed their chance at being in the NCAA tournament last season, as they ranked seventh in the west region just behind Cal State Los Angeles for the sixth and final spot in the tournament.

“We schedule the toughest teams, we want to be tested by the best teams and if we do well it sets us up to be successful and reach the NCAA tournament,” said Mason.

“Last year we were one spot out of the tournament, and the girls knowing that brings them motivation for it not to happen again.”

The Broncos brought in six new recruits for the upcoming season. The players will help the team with the physicality of the conference.

Jay Mason will look for players like Kaycee Uy to build the team around. (David Wilson | The Poly Post)

The new group of recruits will help the team grind games out if they get physical and they bring a wealth of soccer IQ coming from clubs that compete at the highest levels.

Not only will the Broncos depend on new recruits but also on returning players such as senior defender Natalie Di Angelo who received All-CCAA second team honors and junior forward Amanda Duran received honorable mention honors.

The Broncos look to have another successful season and make a deep run in the CCAA tournament and reach their ultimate goal in getting to the NCAA Division II tournament.

“We finished the spring season really strong, played some tough and really good opponents, the team has a bright future and a lot of potential and we’ll wait till it’s realized in the fall,” said Mason.

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