Lake Tahoe Community College’s third season (2016) was a record-setting one on numerous levels. The Coyotes set a school record for overall wins (11), winning percentage (.650) and conference wins (8); the team’s power rating (1.92) was also the highest in program history. The season began with a 0-0 tie against perennial power Cosumnes River College on the program’s new $2.5 million soccer-specific stadium facility. The Coyotes followed that up with successful non-conference slate, including a dramatic 2-1 setback against nationally-ranked Santa Rosa. The favorite to upend Lassen College for the Golden Valley Conference title, LTCC finished second with an 8-2-2 and became playoff eligible as the No. 15 seed in Northern California.
Sophomore “Shawa” Rosaura Guerrero-Escobedo (Las Vegas, Nevada) finished in a tie for sixth in California in points (21 goals, 14 assists, 56 points) and was named the conference’s most valuable player after leading the league in all offensive categories. Sophomore goalie Yami Jimenez-Ojeda (Phoenix, Arizona) was named the conference’s goalkeeper of the year after posting five shutouts. LTCC had two more players on the conference’s first-team: sophomore right back and winger Kendall Eagan (South Lake Tahoe, California) and freshman captain and center back Caitlyn Bidart (Minden, Nevada). Freshmen Kenya Maltase (South Lake Tahoe, California) was named to the conference’s second team after tallying 11 goals and 7 assists (29 points) on the season, which ranked her 49th in the state in total points scored, while freshman center back KayLynn Watring was also named to the second team after helping anchor one of the league’s stingiest defenses.