Falcons outshine Comets
Solano Community College women’s soccer team continued destroying Bay Valley conference rivals with a 3-0 win over the painfully alliterative Contra Costa College on Friday, Oct. 21. Solano began the match attacking aggressively. Within the first seconds, freshman Megan O’Dwyer stole the ball from the Comets goalkeeper and fired a shot just high of the mark. The offensive pressure didn’t let up as the Falcons tested the visiting keeper, forcing her to come up with big saves.
After being frustrated for the first thirty minutes of play by Contra Costa’s game plan of desperately kicking the ball in any direction as hard as possible, Solano sophomore Corina Petty managed to find the back of the net.
The Comets continued the retreat in the second half, but did manage a few feeble attempts at scoring. Falcons’ goaltender Ashley Yoell faced her first shot of the game at about the twenty minute mark.
“They played their game,” freshman Janelle Richards said. Richards scored two goals in the second half.
“We came out really slow,” assistant coach Andrea Salvador said. “We started to move the ball a lot better in the second half.”
Falcons’ head coach Jeff Cardinal said he would have liked to have seen his team play more aggressively and take more shots, but playing against an opponent like Contra Costa afforded the team some unique opportunities.
“We got to run four different formations in a game situation,” Cardinal said. He went on to say how this will come in handy in the future should the team need to make adjustments on the fly.
According to Cardinal, no changes need to be made in the Falcons’ play going into their next home game against the Fresno City College Rams. The Rams, ranked sixth in the state, are the kind of tough opponent Solano likes to face every year at this time as the playoffs approach, Cardinal said.