Taft College player scores late goal to win match

With just seconds to go in a scoreless game for the Taft College men’s soccer team Tuesday at Moorpark, an angel came to the rescue.


Angel Garcia, a sophomore midfielder from Shafter High, made a gutsy move on a defender and drove a left-footed shot past the goalkeeper to give the Cougars a 1-0 victory.

“It was just amazing to watch,” said head coach Angelo Cutrona.  “It was a pure instinct moment and individual drive.  He just didn’t give up.”

Cutrona said he experienced a wave of emotion as the game wound down.

“At first I thought we were going to leave with a tie, then they got a corner kick and I was thinking how awful it would be to lose that way in the last second,” he said. 

“We cleared the ball and it went high up on their end of the field.”

A Moorpark defender gained control, but Garcia stole it and positioned himself for the winning shot.

“It was definitely Angel to the rescue,” Cutrona said.  “That was a hard-fought win.”

He said his team had scoring opportunities, but just couldn’t finish.

Cougar keeper Jorge Flores had three saves.

The win improves the Cougars to 4-3-1 heading into today’s home game with Long Beach City College.  Kickoff is at 3 p.m. on the Tenth/San Emidio field.

“They’ll be strong,” Cutrona said of the Vikings.  “We’ll get Pablo Nunez back to give us more depth.”

Cougar women lose

A missed opportunity on a late penalty kick that misfired cost the Cougar women a chance to tie Mt. San Antonio Tuesday on the home field as the Mounties squeaked out a 2-1 win.

Sophomore midfielder Carmen Vasquez was unable to score on a penalty kick that would have pulled the Cougars into a tie with 13 minutes left.

Cassandra Arroyo scored the lone Cougar goal on an assist from Joanne Almaguer.

Cougar coach Myisha Cutrona said both teams were flat in the first half, which Mt. SAC led 1-0.

“I just told them to relax coming out for the second half,” she said.  “We outplayed them in the second half but were unable to finish opportunities.  I thought that was the best we’ve played all season.  They were composed and communicated.  If they had done that for the full 90 minutes the outcome would have been different.”

She was upset that her team didn’t get a penalty kick on what she called “a flagrant foul” by the Mt. SAC goalie.

“It should have been a red card according to the (rule) book, but he didn’t even call a foul,” she said.  “He completely missed it.  A bad call shouldn’t make a difference.”

She also thought a linesman didn’t properly interpret the offside rule.

“He didn’t understand that it’s where the players are when the ball is kicked,” she said.  “He called us for offside five times when there shouldn’t have been a call.”

The Cougar women are in Norwalk today to take on Cerritos College.