Women’s Soccer falls short in first home game
The Solano Women’s soccer team did not improve its 1-1-1 record Friday adding a loss at the hands of visiting Mt. San Antonio College.
“It was a good hard fight from both teams. We did some good things, but lost to a team we were better than” head coach Jeff Cardinal said.
The Falcons took their home field for the first time this season eager to play, attacking aggressively and keeping the visiting Mounties on the defensive early.
Within the first 10 minutes of the match, freshman defender Karlie Mast picked up a loose ball and fired a rocket, easily clearing forty yards before flying over the sprawling goalkeeper, under the crossbar and into the back of the net.
Later, the Mounties capitalized on two defensive and goaltending breakdowns leaving the Falcons trailing 2-1 at halftime.
In the second half, sophomore Corina Petty rifled home the game tying goal, after receiving a surgically executed assist from fellow sophomore Briana Scholtens.
Never the less, the Falcons were less enthusiastic and more flat-footed in the second half and gave up one more to the Mounties ending the match with final score of 2-3.
“This is a young team. It’s good to get more experience against tough teams. It teaches us to be tough against teams with more of a physical presence” assistant coach Joe Koller said.
“It was a tough loss. They did most of the technical things right, they just need more of a connection at midfield. They’ll come together, though; they have the heart” volunteer assistant coach Carlos Diaz said.
According to coach Diaz Mt. San Antonio College plays a typically southern Californian style of physical soccer. “It’s what we’re going to face in the future, hopefully, in the playoffs” he said.
The coaching staff has been forced to shuffle players around to fill gaps as several Falcons have been sidelined by injuries coach Diaz said.
Gearing up for their next game, the team will be focusing on disciplined positional play and making sure the right players are playing the right positions, coach Cardinal said.
The Falcons host the undefeated Modesto Junior College Pirates Tuesday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.