Serina Vargas, Women's Soccer
Serina Vargas, Women's Soccer

SERINA VARGAS / 2019-20 Female Athlete of the Year

Women's soccer standout Serina Vargas has been named the 2019-20 Rio Hondo College Female Athlete of the Year after an impressive sophomore season this past fall. 

Vargas, a two-time South Coast Conference first-team selection, helped lead the Rio Hondo women’s soccer team to a conference championship in 2019 and a No. 2 seeding in the Southern California Regional Playoffs. She totaled 10 goals and 3 assists for a team that was ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation and No. 5 in the state.

She was a standout in the classroom as well. Vargas, originally from West Covina High School, was also twice named to the California Community College Soccer Coaches Association (CCCSCA) Academic All-State team. She was recognized as an honor roll student at Rio Hondo for five consecutive semesters, earning a 4.0 grade point average in three semesters. Her work in the classroom helped the women’s soccer program capture its seventh straight United Soccer Coaches All-American Academic Team award.

“Serina has been an important part of the team earning awards for their soccer and academic results from national, state and conference associations,” said women’s soccer head coach Jennifer Tanaka-Hoshijo. “Her commitment to excel academically and her passion to help her team are qualities that the coaching staff has appreciated in Serina. She has earned a 4.0 GPA in three semesters, spent hundreds of hours at training and competitions, all while working part-time and finding time to spend with her family.”

“We are proud of what she has contributed to the women's soccer program during her time with us,” Tanaka-Hoshijo added. “She has consistently demonstrated a tremendous spirit and determination that we believe will help her be successful in all of her future endeavors.”

Vargas is set to continue her academic and athletic career at nearby Cal Poly Pomona this upcoming fall and plans to major in sociology/criminology.