COC Soccer Teams Kick The Season Off on a High Note

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Jon Gonzalez has the highlights from the 2010 season opener for the COC Women’s Soccer team. Photographed and edited by Brian Lewis

It only took the Lady Cougars three minutes to get rid of the bad taste of last season as they scored early to beat the Victor Valley Rams 1-0 Friday in their first game of the new year.

After finishing a game over .500 in coach Justin Lundin’s inaugural season (9-8-4), COC got the fast start over the Rams they were looking for.

The Lady Cougars dominated possession early and had a couple of good looks. Freshman forward Elvia Contreras scored in the games 3rd minute due to a great corner and some sloppy play from the Rams.

Lundin was pleased with the performance.

“It kind of set the pace. We talked about that before the game, the first five minutes; we need to come out strong and fast, and as a result we got the victory.”

COC stepped up defensively in the first half when the Lady Rams began knocking on the door, but had trouble containing them early in the 2nd half.

“Defensively, I thought we did a good job on the back four, but we panicked, we had the one-nothing lead, but I believe as the season progress, we’ll gain more experience to ride those out a little easier,” said Lundin.

Victor Valley’s Amanda Sunthonlap single-handedly kept the Cougar defense in check with three dangerous shots, but COC goalie Kristin Grunhold and the rest of the team proved to be too strong of a force for the Rams.

Grunhold finished the game with 2 saves.

COC (1-0) will visit De Anza College on Sept. 2. They return home to play Cosumnes River College Sept. 9.

Notes: The Cougars early game hero Contreras went down with a leg injury early in the 2nd half, but walked off the field under her own strength. She then came off limping later in the 2nd half after re-entering the game.

Jon Gonzalez has the highlights from the 2010 season opener for the COC Men’s Soccer team. Photographed and edited by Brian Lewis

The Cougar men’s Soccer team got off to a strong start towards another successful season by demolishing the Victor Valley Rams 4-0 Friday.

The Cougars ended last season with a 14-6-2 record and finished 2nd in conference.

With a quick offense and a smothering defense, sophomore All-American forward Andres Bueno and the Cougars couldn’t have started off the game more solid.

The West Ranch product took some good shots early, including a pass to sophomore Midfielder Jorge Serrano for a goal in the 19th minute that was eventually waved off due to offsides.

However, Bueno would not be denied twice. He scored the games first goal off a cross from sophomore forward Damien Martin and sunk it into the back of the net in the 32nd minute.

Head coach Phil Marcellin was proud of his players’ effort.

“Our game plan from the beginning was high pressure, be direct, see if we can get our All-American started early, and he did,” said Marcellin, “the guys worked really hard.”

On the back end, freshman defender Adam Aristo was too quick for the Rams, receiving help from goalie Alex Burkevics, also a freshman.

“The most important thing for me is that we got that clean sheet,” said Marcellin. “Last year we let in almost three goals per game and lost to Chaffey in the season opener six to four, so to start off with a clean sheet is huge for us.”

The Cougar assault would continue in the 2nd half.

Off a blocked shot from Bueno, freshman forward Jesus Salazar punched in the rebound to take COC up 2-0 in the 53rd minute.

But it was freshman midfielder Noe Ramirez who ripped the game wide open with a dagger in the 74th to go up 3-0. He then hit a 45-yard shot over the goalie in the 86th to push the lead to 4-0.

The Rams had chances in the 2nd half, but could not convert. A Rams goal in the 61st minute was waved off after an offside violation.

Canyons (1-0) will visit Chaffey College on Friday, September 3rd. They return home on Tuesday, September 7th to take on Taft.

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