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Early celebration causes loss

Published: Monday, November 5, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 15:11

The women’s soccer team dropped its third consecutive game as failing to pick up a road win against Yuba College, losing 5-3, on Friday.

Despite a strong start, Contra Costa College (1-10-3 overall, 0-6-2 in the Bay Valley Conference) came up short against the 49ers (1-8-4 overall, 1-4-3 in the BVC) as the squad failed to remain focused, giving up key goals.

“We gave up goals because of mistakes,” Comet defender Brianna Dotson said. “We were pissed because it happened so fast.”

Dotson said the mistake came in the first half of the game when they scored in the first 15 minutes.

With the game tied at 2-2, Comet midfielder Deanna Guzman split between two Yuba defenders and scored on a breakaway goal.

CCC players celebrated after taking a 3-2 lead, however, this would be a costly mistake as 30 seconds later Yuba scored a goal that would tie the game before halftime.

“We could’ve played better,” defender Michelle Padilla said. “We had that game. We needed to finish our chance.”

Padilla said the team got carried away with their match against Yuba and could not keep up their intensity in the second half costing them the game.

Prior to Friday’s contest the Comets fell 2-1 in a home game against the College of Marin (6-7-1 overall, 5-3-1 in the BVC) on Oct. 23.

“This was our second game against Marin so we knew their playing strategies,” Dotson said. “We just weren’t able to come together as a team and overcome them.”

Dotson said the frustration from losing to Mendocino College on Oct. 19 translated to poor confidence, which was carried over against the Mariners.

Comet goalkeeper Jasmine Escobar said going into Friday’s game against Yuba the team did a 180 degree turn in terms of confidence as players were in high spirits.

The squad’s confidence, however, was overshot as she said it was a factor in its loss.

The Comets will go on the road to face Napa Valley College (3-10-2 overall, 3-3-2 in the BVC) on Tuesday. The squad will play its last game of the season against Los Medanos College (0-12-1 overall, 0-7-1 in the BVC) on Nov. 9.

Throughout the season communication has been a contributing factor to the string of losses for the Comets.

“(Communication) has been a problem (for us) the whole season,” Padilla said. “Sometimes we have it and sometimes we don’t.”

Padilla said because the team has practiced since the summer the players should be able to communicate better on the field during its games.

Escobar said Comet coach Nikki Ferguson was upset after both the Yuba and Marin losses saying the team making its best effort.

Ferguson was unavailable for comment.

Padilla said she hopes the team can bring more energy during its last two games and get at least one BVC victory.

Several sophomores, including Dotson, will play their final games for CCC.

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