THANK YOU SENIORS! Women's soccer salutes their Class of 2019 graduates

THANK YOU SENIORS! Women's soccer salutes their Class of 2019 graduates


-by Lauren Nadler

As our seniors head into the world after the 2019 graduation last weekend, we wanted to take the time to thank them. Alex Arce, Kayla McCord, Gaby Powell, Sierra Reith, Katie Schinnerer, Cayce Shaw,  Joelle Steichen, Olivia Stewart and Emma Wilson will all be missed!

This women's soccer senior class consistently played a very challenging schedule against the strongest Division III teams in the region. In 2015, they won the Great South championship as freshmen and out of their four years at UCSC made NCAA tournament appearances in 2015, 2016, and 2017. These seniors were part of the 2016-2017 squad that had the highest GPA of any women's soccer program in the UC system and also won the NSCAA Academic Team Award in 2016. Below is a bit more information about the contributions that each of our seniors has made to our program and what they will be up to after graduation.

Alex Arce has completed her coursework at UCSC. Alex was a versatile player and played as both as an outside back and a forward. Alex is tied for 8th all time at UCSC with 9 career assists. After graduation Alex will work for a ACES, a company that works with children is Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also applied to be a substitute teacher working for Santa Cruz County's alternative education program. She plans to apply to grad school for either social or community psychology.

Kayla McCord has also completed her classes at Santa Cruz and played in 66 games at UCSC. She was a Politics major and a captain during her senior year, displaying her strong leadership skills within this position. On the field, Kayla constantly worked with her teammates to solve problems and open up the field of play to allow us to switch the point of attack. Kayla is currently living and working in San Francisco and getting involved both politically and business-wise in building and strengthening urban communities.

Gaby Powell was a stalwart in the backline as well as technically strong with a ball at her foot. Gaby played in 68 games with 60 career starts. After graduation Gaby plans to go to move back to Oakland, CA where she is in the process of securing a job and plans to apply to medical school.

Sierra Rieth is a Psychology major and played in 30 games throughout her career. On the field, Sierra worked with her teammates to grow and learn. After graduation she plans to get a job with a mental health organization or work with children, and wants to travel.

Katie Schinnerer was a Psychology major at UCSC. The former captain started every game in the 2018 season and played in 60 games throughout her time at UCSC, starting in 50 of those games. Katie was known for always working hard both on and off the ball and was a very smart defender. After graduation, Katie plans on becoming an EMT and volunteering as a CASA Advocate for foster youth. 

Cayce Shaw majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology during her time at UC Santa Cruz. Shaw played in 74 games throughout her career, starting in 55 of them and was a threat going to goal. In fact, with 18 goals in her career, Cayce is currently 12th all time in goals in UCSC history. Upon graduating, Shaw will be attending UC San Francisco to pursue her PhD in Rehabilitation Science with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Cayce will be focusing on neurodegenerative diseases on a molecular, cellular, and integrative level. Once her doctorate is complete, Cayce hopes to obtain a post-doctoral position at a university and then a full time faculty position as a professor and principal investigator of her own lab.

Joelle Steichen was a 2-year captain for the team and played as an outside back and a forward throughout her career. Joelle played in 58 games throughout her time at UCSC and was never outworked. She demanded her teammates do the same and worked hard everyday to improve no matter what position she played. Steichen was a Computer Science major and after graduation she will be moving to Washington where she will be working for T-Mobile as part of a Technical Rotation Program.  During this program, Joelle is looking forward to switching roles every 6 months within the network engineering team. She can't wait to start the new position and explore the outdoors in Washington in her free time.

Olivia Stewart (Stewie) played in 45 games in her UCSC career and served as the team manager during fall 2018. As a junior, Olivia tied for first in points with 8 points on the year earning her 1st team AD3I honors. Stewart is a Creative Writing major with a minor in Education and was a steady and encouraging voice to her teammates. After commencement, Olivia will move to San Francisco while working on her multi-subject teaching credential at San Francisco State University.

Emma Wilson (Willy) played in 48 games throughout her career and was not only hardworking, but came into every season fit and excited to play. Emma was a Marine Biology and Philosophy double major at Santa Cruz. After walking across the commencement stage, Willy will be moving to San Francisco as a full time nanny and working on writing children's books.

Thank you again to our 2019 season class, we wish you all the best in the future and your impact on our program will not be forgotten. We are looking forward to hearing about your accomplishments when you return for the alumni game next spring.  Go Slugs!