Comets score late, win 2nd game, 1-0
Beavers’ dam breaks during final minutes
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:09
A stellar defensive line held long enough for the midfield to feed forward Bryan Randall, who scored the winning goal during the tense 1-0 game against American River College on the soccer field Friday.
“(The) backline we played with today was the best it’s been all season,” Contra Costa College (2-1 overall) defender Brad Allman said.
The Comets, without a dominant midfield, lacked possession of the ball for the majority of the first half, putting a lot of pressure on the five-man Comet backline.
CCC’s defensive strategy enabled the squad to maintain form and play a man-to-man backline with few gaps, not allowing the Beavers’ midfield to filter the ball into scoring position.
Keeping most of their players behind the ball forced the Comets to communicate as a team or concede a goal.
ARC (2-1-1) retained possession for most of the game and had numerous chances on goal, but could not score.
The Beavers could not best the Comet defense.
CCC had only one shot on goal during the first half, which was a 30-yard free kick, grazing the top goal post.
The flow of the game changed during the second 45 minutes of the contest.
CCC began to move together as a team. The midfield and the Comet offense did well to apply pressure, forcing turnovers, allowing for more offensive possessions.
Slowing the game down as much as possible allowed the Comets to play as a team and move the ball quickly and fluidly up the field.
ARC had a few solid scoring chances during the second half but could not finish.
The Beavers attempted the scoring tactic of moving the ball up the wings of the field in order to cross it into the goal box, attempting for a striker to header in a goal past the keeper.
However, this was not the case for the Beavers. An excellent Comet defense constantly got in between the ball and the goal poaching tactics of ARC.
“The score today highly reflects how we played,” men’s soccer coach Rudy Zeller said.
“We were the better team (today) by keeping momentum and playing cautiously in the second half. It was a team victory.”
After many wasted chances, the game’s only goal came in the 80th minute of play.
A Comet counter attack allowed midfielder Klebber Machodo to filter a ball past ARC defenders to Bryan Randall in the goal box.
Randall cut to the right and shot the ball into the right corner of the net past Beaver keeper Joe Rivera to seal the Comet home victory.
“We came together as a team in the second half,” Randall said.
“Good communication let us slow the game down and retain possession. If we continue to play like we did today, we can keep up a winning streak.”
The Comets play at Fresno City College at 2 p.m. on Friday.