College of the Redwoods

Talented Fortuna duo follow their sisters’ lead


Submitted photo – Arlette Cruz, left, and Sarah Hohman at their recent letter signing ceremony after committing to play soccer for CR.

By Ray Hamill — The family tradition lives on at College of the Redwoods, and that’s good news for the Corsairs women’s soccer team.

The team announced recently that the talented Fortuna duo of Sarah Hohman and Arlette Cruz will both play for the team next year.

The two players, who played a big role in helping the Huskies win a first-ever league championship as juniors, will follow in the footsteps of their sisters, each of whom also played with the Corsairs.

“It’s exciting to have them,” CR head coach Julio Ayala said. “I’m glad they’ve chosen to give us a chance and believe in the program.”

Sarah Hohman’s older sister Julia was a part of the program a few years ago, while Arlette’s older sister Giselle played with the team a year ago.

And both were influential in their younger sibling’s decision.

“They know what we’re trying to do here,” Ayala said. “And they were huge in letting their sisters know what CR soccer is about.”

Sarah, a first-team H-DNL all-league selection in each of the past two seasons, will help anchor the defense and is expected to have an immediate impact.

Ray Hamill/ – Sarah Hohman in action for the Huskies.

The Fortuna graduate is coming off an outstanding high school career and has been one of the best and most consistent defenders in the league in recent years.

She also played a key role in the Huskies’ H-DNL championship in 2019, the program’s first ever, as well as competing with Sequoia FC, a local travel club.

“She’s had a lot of good training with both of those programs ” Ayala said. “She’s a strong defender that will help us out. Technically she’s very gifted and her understanding of the game is very good.”

Arlette, meanwhile, will play goalkeeper for the Corsairs after impressing between the posts for the Huskies.

She was an all-league honorable mention in the Huskies’ championship season, while earning the respect of her peers with some outstanding performances.

“She shows a lot of toughness,” Ayala said. “I know that she’s capable of playing at this level, and she’ll fit right in.”

According to the coach, recruiting has been going well.

“We’re shooting for around 20 players,” Ayala said. “Our main goal is to keep building a big team and solidifying the foundation we’ve started.”

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