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Sierra College’s Miani Mahannah Named Soccer All-American

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Miani MahannahThe most storied season in Sierra College soccer history became even more noteworthy when sophomore forward Miani Mahannah was selected to the 2012 Women’s Junior College Division 1 All-America Soccer Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Mahannah carried the Wolverines to the CCCAA state championship tournament and a number four national ranking in the final NSCAA poll. She found the back of the net for team-high 13 goals, but rose to national prominence during Sierra’s playoff run.

“Miani’s five goals in the final three games of the playoffs were huge,” said Wolverine head coach Jason Gantt. “She came back from playing minimal time in the first playoff game due to sickness to go on a scoring run that was truly amazing.”

After missing most of the 3-1 opening-round win over Cosumnes River College on Nov. 17, Mahannah led Sierra to the state final four with a pair of goals in each of the Wolverines’ 2-1 playoff victories over Evergreen Valley and Fresno City College. Mahannah continued her run with the lone Sierra scoring strike in their 2-1 state semi-final loss to eventual champion Cerritos College on Nov. 30.

Gantt was ecstatic to learn of his star’s national honor.

“Miani has been amazing to coach,” said the Wolverine mentor. “It has been an honor to witness her grow in such a short amount of time both as a soccer player and a confident young woman. She made big plays for us in the playoffs and that is what an All-American does.”

Mahannah will be honored during the annual All-America Luncheon in Indianapolis, IN, at the 66th NSCAA convention on Saturday, January 19.

For more information, contact Matt Folsom at 916-337-2092 or Jason Gantt at

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