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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • TC soccer teams hold alumni matches Saturday

  • Women will play at noon while men play at 2:30 p.m.
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  • Local soccer fans will be able to get a sneak peek at the 2013 editions of Taft College soccer teams tomorrow.
    Both the Cougar men and women will take the field at the Tenth and San Emidio Street field for a pair of alumni games.
    The women will play at noon with the men's game following at 2:30 p.m.
    Both teams, coming off playoff seasons last fall, have been doing two-a-day sessions to get ready for a new season that begins Aug. 30 for the men and Sept. 3 for the women.
    The Cougar women finished 2012 at 9-8-3, including a 1-0 loss to northern California powerhouse Santa Rosa JC in the playoffs.
    The men, meanwhile, lost just once last year but that lone defeat was a 2-1 setback to eventual state champion Mt. San Antonio in the semi-finals.
    Despite that loss, the Cougars actually finished the season ranked No. 1 in the state since ratings are based on a power ranking system that takes into account things like strength of schedule and road record in addition to overall record and goals scored and allowed.
    The men open the season at home Aug. 30 by hosting Long Beach City College, a team the Cougars defeated 4-3 last year in a dramatic come-from-behind non-conference match.
    They also will host defending state champ Mt. SAC on Sept. 20.
    The men's schedule is loaded with home matches, especially early in the campaign. The Cougars have five of their six non-league matches at home including East Los Angeles, College of the Canyons and Cerritos, another SoCal powerhouse.
    Taft also will play NorCal power City College of San Francisco Sept. 15 in the Mt. SAC tournament in Walnut.
    The women will host Allan Hancock Sept. 3 and then play Shasta and Butte in a Sept. 6-7 tournament in Salinas.
    Head coach Myisha Cutrona's team has solid numbers this season. A major hurdle in previous seasons has been lack of depth.
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