Three sports highlights on the college season worth revisiting
Hartnell women’s soccer
The greatest run in school history started with an 0-2 start. What transpired was nothing short of magical as Hartnell went 20-0-2 to capture the programs first ever CCCAA State women’s soccer title.
The Panthers, who didn’t have a season in 2020 because of the pandemic, got the band back together to win the Coast Conference title with an unbeaten mark.
Behind Carly Lowi’s and Belinda Ascencio’s combined 33 goals and 22 assists, Hartnell outscored opponents 68-11. Goalie Ency Soto posted 11 shutouts, including the state title clinching 3-0 win over Cypress.
Sofia Camacho, Hartnell women’s track and field
If being an All-American in cross country didn’t warrant consideration, Camacho went out and put on a performance for the ages at the CCCAA track and field championships for Hartnell.
The former North Salinas distance ace was named the Co-Track Athlete of the Meet at the state finals after winning the 800 meters (2:17.32) and finishing second in the 1,500 (4:37.01), earning All-American honors in leading Hartnell to a fourth place team finish.
A return to the sport after an 18-month exile because of the pandemic, the Otters came within one win of tying the school record of 39, reaching the NCAA Division II Super Regionals.
The Otters posted 38 wins in capturing their first California Collegiate Athletic Association title since 2013, reaching the postseason for the fifth time in their last six full seasons.
CCAA and West Regional Player of the Year Brady Miguel hit over .400 prior to the NCAA Regionals, as the shortstop posted a .506 on-base percentage with 83 hits, 30 walks and 17 hit-by-pitches. The Sen Benito grad also scored 68 runs and drove in 46.
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