Highlights by Brian Lewis.
VALENCIA – For the second straight season, history repeated itself.
One year removed from an improbable run through the Southern California Regional Soccer Playoffs, the College of the Canyons men’s soccer team started their 2010 playoff campaign in the same fashion as last year, with a dominating home performance.
The Cougars defeated the Palomar Comet’s 3-0 on Saturday evening at a chilly Cougar Stadium. The win was COC’s eighth in a row. Palomar (11-7-4) was eliminated in the first round for the third consecutive year.
“It was a three to zero game but I think it could have easily been more,” said eighth year Cougar head coach Phil Marcellin. “We just needed to take advantage of a few more opportunities. I think our defense is gelling really well right now. That’s six clean sheets in a row, which is unheard of in soccer.”
College of the Canyons (14-5-2) will take on Cerritos on Tuesday at Cerritos College.
COC got on the board early, when Andres Bueno scored off a penalty kick in the 20th minute. The Cougars extended their lead after Emmanuel Padron received a pass from Bueno and scored on a laser-like shot from 40-yards out.
“Manny (Padron) is a spectacular athlete. And that was just another example there. We knew before the game their keeper had a weakness low and away, and I think that goal took the wind out of Palomar.”
The Cougars added a goal from Brooks Walsh in the 55th minute.
COC dominated the time of possession battle, controlling the ball and executing their offense without much resistance from the Comets. The Cougars outshot Palomar 17-12. Both teams received two yellow cards, but no players were sent off.