Joanna Espinoza had five goals in the first half Friday as the Cougars routed hopelessly outgunned Cerro Coso College from Ridgecrest 13-0 in a non-conference women’s soccer match.
The Cougars scored quickly and often, rolling out to an 11-0 halftime lead before turning it over to the bench.
In fact, head coach Myisha Cutrona began subbing midway through the first half.
“This is their first year having a team,” she said of the visitors. “The coach found out at the last minute that he would be coaching soccer.”
Cerro Coso had just 12 players – 11 on the field and one designated to operate the video camera. Two of the players were borrowed from the basketball team.
The Coyotes have not won a game and have been outscored 129 to 1.
“They were really bad defensively so it was more like a practice for us,” Cutrona said. “I felt bad for that coach. It was a struggle to keep the score down. We had a lot of breakaways. In the second half I told the girls to only try to score on crossing plays or headers.
“You know they want to score when they get in a game, so it’s difficult for them.”
Espinoza, who is the third leading scorer in the state with 21 goals, played only the first half as Cutrona gave her bench considerable playing time.”
The game had to serve as a tune-up for today’s critical road match with powerhouse Fresno City College.
“I hope my girls are ready,” Cutrona said. “We’ve got to really focus on defending and communicating.”
Fresno (13-1-2 overall, 2-0-0 in the CVC) is ranked No. 1 in northern California and No. 10 in the state. The Cougars (11-3-2, 2-0-0 CVC) are 13th in the latest NorCal rankings and 19th in the state.
The Rams are one of the best defensive teams in the state, giving up just six goals in their 16 games. They have scored 64 goals. TC has outscored its opponents 51-18.
With Espinoza leading the way against Cerro Coso with her five goals and three assists, Amanda Lopez had three goals and three assists.
The other goals were scored by Cristina Salazar, Leslie Tostado Leilani Ponce, Victoria Escobar and Emily Galland.
Salazar had four assists and Selina Chacon, Lopez and Escobar one each.
Hanna Tovar and Marissa Alcala divided the goalkeeping chores but Cerro Coso did not have a single shot on goal. TC had 17 and made 13 of them count.
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