Cougars defeat College of the Sequois 6-1

Taft College’s women’s soccer team continues to roll along toward its best season in the short history of the program.

The Cougars opened Central Valley Conference action Friday in Visalia with a 6-1 victory over College of the Sequoias.

TC is 8-2-1 overall and ranked 10th in northern California.

Sophomore midfielder Joanna Espinoza led the charge with two goals and an assist.

She started the scoring with a goal in the 15th minute after taking a pass from freshman forward Celia Rangel.

Leilani Ponce, a sophomore forward from Taft High, got the second goal just three minutes later with Espinoza getting the assist.

It took the Cougars another three minutes before they made it 3-0 on a goal by Rangel on an assist from Cristina Salazar.  It was Rangel’s fifth goal of the season.

That was the score at the half.

The Cougars got their fourth score at the 58th minute.  This time Salazar drove a shot into the net with Rangel getting the assist.

In the 65th minute it was Salazar providing the pass to Espinoza for her second goal and ninth of the season.  She leads conference teams in scoring.

The final Cougar goal came in the 84th minute when Victoria Escobar, a freshman forward, scored on a pass from Kaylnn Talalotu-Kealoha.

Starting Cougar goalkeeper Marissa Alcala had three saves in her 77 minutes in the net while Hannah Tovar had four over the final 13 minutes.

The Cougars return to non-conference action this week, traveling to Santa Maria for a match at Allan Hancock College and then hosting Santa Barbara City College Saturday at 2 p.m.