Taft College travels to Sacramento

Taft College’s men’s soccer team got off to a rocky start Friday as the Cougars opened a four-match crossover series with the Big 8 Conference.

American River College scored a late goal and held off an all-out assault on the Beaver goal to claim a 2-1 victory on the San Emidio Street field.

TC will try to get back on track today when the Cougars travel to Sacramento to take on Cosumnes River College. 

The next step in the crossover series is a trip to Modesto Junior College next Tuesday.  The Cougars will cap things off by hosting San Joaquin Delta next Friday.

ARC struck first with a goal about 25 minutes into the match when sophomore forward Luis Arce took a pass from the right side and rifled a shot past Cougar keeper J.D. Cisneros.

The Cougars drew even late in the first half on a goal by Ruben Alvarez following a throw-in near the ARC goal.

TC dominated possession through most of the second half but couldn’t finish.

Then Beaver sophomore forward Matt Iwasa maneuvered into a one-on-one situation in front of the Cougar net and his shot to the right of Cisneros found net.

The Cougars had several good opportunities but couldn’t connect, including a few tries in close that either misfired or were blocked by ARC goalie Joe Rivera.

The Cougar women, meanwhile, will christen Central Valley Conference play today against College of the Sequoias in Visalia.

The Cougars are 7-2-1 while the Giants bring a 6-5-1 record into conference play.

TC’s final pre-conference tune-up came last Friday in Moorpark where the Cougars got two goals from Celia Rangel en route to a 4-2 victory.

Joanna Espinoza and Rebecca Vasquez scored the other Cougar goals.

Selina Chacon, Espinoza and Cristina Salazar got credit for assists.

Goalkeeper Marissa Alcala had a busy day in the goal with eight saves.