Late game weariness hurts team
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:09
After tying the game 1-1 with 32 minutes left in the first half, the women’s soccer team had a meltdown allowing four straight goals losing 5-1 at home to Lassen College (1-0) Tuesday on the Soccer Field. The tie-breaking goal from Cougar midfielder Janet Garcia came seven minutes later and the Comets never recovered.
The women’s soccer team will be back in action Friday at Monterey Peninsula College at 4 p.m.
The Cougars struck first at the beginning of the first half and maintained a stronghold on the ball not allowing Contra Costa College (0-1) to effectively reach its side of the field to create scoring opportunities.
“There was a lack of communication between us,” sophomore midfielder Laura Hurtado said. She was responsible for the team’s only goal and suffered a slight leg injury in the first half, but returned shortly thereafter.
The team’s sluggishness was also seen on the defensive side with a lack of possession control and turnovers. Sophomore keeper Jasmine Escobar was responsible for 10 saves, but was unable to remain consistent after Lassen College began its scoring barrage.
By halftime the Comets were down 3-1 being outshot 6-3 by the Cougars. Turnovers throughout the game also went against CCC ’s favor.
The second half featured much of the same miscommunication and lack of production offensively as the Comets seemed to wear down as the game went on.
”It was like our offense was hitting a brick wall,” women’s soccer coach Nikki Ferguson said.
Fatigue, mentally and physically, set in during the second half and although the Comets had more opportunities to score, they failed to tally another goal. The defense also struggled in the second half giving up two more goals with the last one coming with four minutes left in the game.
A positive aspect that can be taken from Tuesday’s game was the team’s resiliency. The Comets made five shot attempts in the second half as opposed to three in the first.
“There was no quitting. We played hard for 90 minutes,” coach Ferguson said.
He also said the emphasis heading into practice now would be conditioning and being able to keep up with the better teams for an entire game.
“Talent and knowledge mean nothing if our team cannot stay in shape,” Ferguson said.
Aside from getting in tip-top shape, the focus will be to finish. Although CCC retained possession of the of the ball for extensive periods of time in the second half it did not create goals for the squad.