Taft College defeats Shasta and Butte

The trip was long but the rewards worth it.

That was the word from Taft College women’s soccer coach Myisha Cutrona after her team demolished two northern California teams Friday and Saturday.

The Cougars made a seven-hour bus trip to Redding Friday but were able to shake off tired legs to throttle Shasta College 6-1.
They drove to Oroville Saturday where they easily dispatched Butte College 4-1.

“We really didn’t play well on Friday but the team we played was not very good,” Cutrona said.  “We came out flat and played tired.”

But the overnight rest helped prepare the team for Butte.

“On Saturday we were just phenomenal,” she said.  “We had a very solid attack and played really well on defense.  That was the weak point when we lost to Santa Barbara 3-0.  Defensively, we were still developing.  We fixed that now and are playing much better.”

The Cougars will definitely need to play well in their next two games – today when they host always-strong College of the Canyons and tomorrow when they travel to Walnut near Pomona to take on powerhouse Mt. San Antonio.

“That will be as test of our character and a test of our fitness,” Cutrona said.  “They’re both outstanding teams.”

The NorCal twin win gives the team a 2-1-1 record heading into today’s outing.

Joanna Espinoza, a freshman from Highland High, continues to set a high scoring standard.

She had four goals – three of them against Shasta.

“She is a legitimate scoring threat every game,” Cutrona said.  “She is the first true scorer I’ve ever had.  I’ve always had to develop someone.”

Espinoza also had two assists.  

Taft High product Daisy Guitron had a goal and an assist and McKenzie Fayne and Leslie Vargas scored the other goals.
Amanda Lopez had two assists and Monica Campos-Cisneros one.

Besides Espinoza, other goals against Butte came from Guitron, Vargas, Lucero Villa, and Brittany Hernandez.

Earning assists were Hernandez, Leilani Ponce and Vargas.