Women's soccer squad ends year with victory over LMC
It was a feel-good moment for the Comets (2-13-3 overall, 1-9-2 in the Bay Valley Conference) as they defeated Los Medanos College 3-1 on Friday in their last game of the season.
With a rough season, pestered by continuous losses, Contra Costa College's win against LMC (0-15-2 overall, 0-10-2 in the BVC) marks only its second of the year, its first coming against CaÃ±ada College on Sept. 9.
CCC started the match with excellent communication and passing as players set up situations to create various scoring chances.
Comet midfielder Laura Hurtado was the first player to score despite having an LMC defender right beside her as she moved toward the goal. Hurtado swiftly kicked the ball into the net giving CCC the lead 20 minutes into the first half.
Mustang forward Alexia Trezza was the key player for her team as she repeatedly attempted to charge through the Comet defense, succeeding with an unassisted goal in the game's 28th minute, tying the game at 1 apiece.
The Comets held the ball in LMC's zone throughout the entire first half, keeping the pressure on its opponent's defense.
CCC midfielder Deanna Guzman helped regain the lead, scoring on a header following a corner kick 47 minutes into the game - much to Guzman's surprise.
Guzman said she was shocked when she found out she had scored because she was not expecting the ball to go in.
In the second half, Comet forward Heisell Centeno, who has been one of the team's top players throughout the season, immediately went on the attack once she stepped onto the field.
After multiple attempts, Centeno kicked the ball toward the goal, which looked to be too high at first, but still went in and gave CCC its third and final goal of the game at the 71-minute mark.
Centeno said she was emotional with it being the last game of the year, especially because several sophomores from the team - Alma Bruno, Brianna Dotson and Maria Magana would not be returning.
She said she dedicated her goal to them.
"I was focused on winning because it was my last game," she said. "And I wanted to make sure those three were leaving happy."
Comet coach Nikki Ferguson said the team has grown over the course of the season and despite its string of losses the players have always been competitive and have never quit.
"We improve every year. We've always shown we're capable of scoring and that we have the ability," Ferguson said.
He said even though the team has had a tough season he is still happy with sending those sophomores off with a victory.
Hurtado said that she is proud of her team and each player wanted to win because they have come so close victory in past contests.
She said even with this being the last match of the season this is the start of something promising.
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