Otay Ranch alumna nets game-winner for SDSU women’s soccer team


Otay Ranch High School alumna Emma Gaines-Ramos scored her first collegiate goal in San Diego State’s 2-0 victory against visiting Utah State on Sunday. Photo/SDSU Athletics

Sophomore forward Emma Gaines-Ramos is among an impressive six South County players on this year’s San Diego State University women’s soccer team.

Gaines-Ramos, who helped lead Otay Ranch High School to the San Diego Section Division III championship to cap the 2019-20 season, has started 11 of the Aztecs’ 12 games to date. She has logged one goal and one assist, and the one goal was a big one — standing up as the game-winning tally in a 2-0 Mountain West Conference victory against Utah State Sunday at the Aztec Sports Deck.

The former Lady Mustang scored her first collegiate goal 13 minutes into the second half from a sharp angle after beating Aggies goalkeeper Diera Walton.

Gaines-Ramos appeared in all 11 games during SDSU’s shortened 2020-21 spring season with three assists, the second most by an Aztec true freshman in the last five years.

She earned First-Team All-Mountain West, Mountain West Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Mountain West in her debut freshman season.

She was a member of the Bonita Rebels’ 2018 U18 USYS national championship squad.

Other South County alumni on this year’s SDSU women’s soccer team include freshman midfielder/forward Denise Castro (San Ysidro), freshman midfielder Daniela Chavira (Eastlake), freshman midfielder Alyza Eckhardt (Bonita Vista), freshman forward Dori Savage (Mater Dei Catholic) and sophomore midfielder/forward Olivia Sekimoto (Eastlake).

Castro, who has started 10 of SDSU’s 11 matches, leads the team in scoring with six goals and one assist for 13 points.



8: SDSU at UNLV, 6:30 p.m. PT
10: SDSU at Nevada, 1 p.m.
14: SDSU at Fresno State, 7 p.m.
17: SDSU at San Jose State, noon PT
21: Air Force at SDSU, 7 p.m.
24: Colorado College at SDSU, noon PT
28: New Mexico at SDSU, 7 p.m. (Senior Night)

1-6: Mountain West championship tournament at Boise State, TBA



Otay Ranch High School alumnus Austin Guerrero gets a hug from a teammate after notching his fifth shutout of the season in last Saturday’s 3-0 USL Championship win at the L.A. Galaxy II. Photo/SD Loyal

SD Loyal keeps focus on playoff berth

Saturday’s USL Championship home match for the San Diego Loyal against Sacramento Republic (7:30 p.m., USD’s Torero Stadium) is very important for the home side as it closes in on securing both a playoff berth and home-field advantage in the first round.

The second-year Loyal (13-10-4, 43 points) has a magic number of eight to clinch Pacific Division playoff berth. It can clinch a home playoff match with a second-place finish in the division standings.

The Loyal is currently in second place behind the division leader Phoenix Rising (18-4-5, 59 points). Last Saturday’s 3-0 win at the L.A. Galaxy II helped separate the Loyal from the teams beneath them in the standings.

Orange County (10-9-7) is in third place in the division standings with 37 points, followed by the Galaxy II (9-12-5) and Republic (8-10-8) both with 32 points.

The Loyal has five regular season matches remaining: three at home (Oct. 9, 17 and 24) and two more on the road (Oct. 20, and 30).

Several noteworthy honors were recorded in the team’s latest victory.

  • Goalkeeper Austin Guerrero, an alumnus of Otay Ranch High School, recorded his fifth shutout of the season.
  • Defender Josh Yaro earned recognition by being named to the USL Championship Team of the Week with his second goal of the season.
  • Elijah Martin scored his first goal with SD Loyal against LA Galaxy II.
  • The Loyal prepares for its matches at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center.
San Diego Loyal players give the thumbs-up sign following the team’s latest victory that keeps the team in contention for a playoff berth. Photo/SD Loyal


Otay Ranch alumna nets game-winner for SDSU women’s soccer team