Cougar women open against College of the Sequoias in Visalia

The Taft College men’s soccer team continues to struggle offensively as the Cougars head into their Central Valley Conference opener Friday at West Hills-Lemoore.

Taft enters conference play with an uncharacteristic 2-3-3 record, but more importantly, has had little success putting the ball into the net.

That was reflected again last Friday when the Cougars missed scoring opportunities and had to settle for a 1-1 tie at home against Moorpark College.

“We’re struggling pretty badly right now,” said head coach Angelo Cutrona.  “We could have controlled the tempo and rhythm of the game, but we didn’t.  Their team took only two shots on goal and we weren’t much better with five or six.”

The Cougars scored first to take a 1-0 halftime lead 25 minutes into the game on a goal by Roberto Mariscal.
The teams struggled back and forth until, with 10 minutes remaining, Moorpark scored on a free kick.

“We thought it was a bogus obstruction call,” Cutrona said.  “They hit a tremendous kick into the upper corner of the net.  It was just a rocket.  But, we still had our chances.  We had one shot that hit the cross-bar.”

Cutrona said his team will continue to work on developing more continuity on the field.

“Our guys are very young.  They don’t understand putting a team away.  We need to make our guys understand the importance of continuing to work as a team.”

West Hills-Lemoore is 4-3-1 in non-conference games and will be looking to gain a measure of revenge on Friday.

“We knocked them out of the playoffs last year, so they will be pumped up,” Cutrona said.  “Our guys need to realize that every time we play we have a target on our backs.”

The Cougars played for the state title last year.  It was the third year out of the last four that TC has been to the final four.

The Cougar women, meanwhile, lost a 2-0 decision Friday at Chaffey College.

The loss drops the Cougars to 2-4-1 while Chaffey improves to 6-1-2.

TC has two weeks to prepare for the conference opener Oct. 8 against College of the Sequoias in Visalia.