VALENCIA – Friday, the College of the Canyons’ women’s soccer team hands conference leader Citrus College their first loss, as they take over the conference lead, and remain undefeated at the midway point of the season.
Citrus, (9-1-2, 5-1), traveled into College of the Canyons on top of the Western State Conference South, with College of the Canyons (10-0-2, 5-0-1) trailing right behind them.
This game was expected to be a tough, physical battle; which it was.
In the first half of play, both defenses showed up and held both offensives to a shut out.
In the second half is where all the intensity really started to kick in.
Both keepers, Citrus’s Dominique Oro and COC’s Katherine Koury, were kept on their toes.
In the 51st minute, the Cougars’ Kasey Wesley lobs a perfect ball near the goal, as Oro missed the jump ball, and it fell into COC’s Katie Colletta’s foot, as she sent the go-ahead goal to the back-left corner of the net to put the Cougars up 1-0.
With Citrus running out of time during stoppage time, the Fighting Owls’ Vanessa Plascencia took a shot on goal, but Koury made the game winning save to put the Cougars into first place in Conference with the final score staying at 1-0.
“Ever since June 19, non-stop fitness, this week especially we worked on our fitness, and we had a couple easier games this week and last week, we were just pumped to play some good teams this week,” Cougars’ Katie Colletta said, in regards to their physical preperation for the game.
The Cougars are not only in the conference lead, but are still nationally ranked number 6 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in the Division III junior college top 20.
“It’s nice to get nationally recognized, it’s nice to be first in conference, but we still have half a conference to go,” said COC head coach Justin Lundin.