In this case, a tie might be as good as a win. The College of the Canyons Lady Cougars soccer team earned a draw on Thursday night with Cosumnes River College.
The Hawks from Sacramento came into the game heavily favored after finishing in the runner-up position in the state playoffs last year. The Cougars barely had a team to field after injuries ravaged an already thin squad last week. But the Cougars came out strong, holding their opponent to just one legitimate scoring chance in the first half.
Early in the second half, freshman Beth Barker put COC on the board after DeMaree Garcia drew a penalty kick. The Cougars held the lead late into the contest, before the Hawks drew even on a goal by Erika Anguiano. The Hawks took one more shot at tying the game late, when Emily Frechette was denied by the post, and the follow up by Melissa Gomez was saved by Cougar goalie Brianna Plasencia.
Cougar head coach Justin Lundin said he was happy to just get through the game.
“We came into it banged up, with four injuries…so we’re very pleased. The girls played with a lot of heart.
COC played most of the game with just eleven players. Starter and co-captain Michelle Malette left early with a reoccurring injury and only returned for the final five minutes. The Cougars allowed just six shots on goal, but achieved only five in the game. In the end, the pressure put on by the Hawks was too much to handle.
“We had it coming,” Lundin said of the goal. “We were playing with fire for ten or twelve minutes there, and they earned it.”
The Cougars travel to Chaffey on Tuesday September 14th for a 2 o’clock game before returning home on Friday the 17th to play Moorpark at 4 o’clock at College of the Canyons.