Women's team goes 2-1
Men’s soccer, coming off another Final Four season, is grabbing the headlines as Taft
College kicks off its fall sports season.
TC plays men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s golf in the fall.
Men start 3-1
The Cougar men defeated Glendale, Desert and Hancock to open the non-conference
grind but stumbled on Tuesday afternoon with a loss to Southern California power Santa
Barbara City College.
Hugo Magana has shouldered the offense with five goals, including a hat trick against
TC 2, Glendale 1
Magana scored the first goal of the season off an assist from Leopoldo Hernandez.
Clayton Torr made it 2-0 with Luis Lopez getting the assist, and the defense held on,
despite giving up a late goal to preserve the win.
TC 5, Desert 0
The Cougars scored four times in the first half with Magana getting three of the goals off
assists from Jason Barrientos, Alan Perez and Leopoldo Hernandez, who got the other
goal with Magana getting the assist. Arturo Soltero scored an unassisted goal in the 70th
minute to finish the scoring.
TC 3, Hancock 0
Magana scored his fifth goal of the season 10 minutes in off a pass from Torr to give the
Cougars all the offense they would need. However, Hernandez scored an unassisted goal
to make it 2-0 at the half and Magana sent a pass to Luis Lopez, who finished the scoring
in the 70th minute.
Individual statistics were not available for the Cougars’ 2-1 loss to Santa Barbara.
The Cougar women opened with a win over Desert and made it two in a row on a late
goal to beat Victor Valley, but couldn’t keep up with Santa Barbara in a loss on Tuesday.
TC 4, Desert 2
Maria Meza scored a hat trick to pace the win over the team from Palm Desert. She got
things going in the 26th minute with a goal off a pass from Jasmine Sepulveda.
Dominique Olivares scored an unassisted goal in the 34th minute and Meza made it 3-0 at halftime with Victoria Bojorquez getting the assist.
Desert scored the first two goals of the second half to make it a one-goal match, but Meza and Sepulveda hooked up again for the clincher in the 80th minute.
Bri-Leigh Snow recorded two saves for TC.
SBCC 5, TC 1
The Vaqueros rolled out to a 4-0 lead before Bojorquez took a pass from Meza for Taft’s
lone goal. Selena Vazquez had five saves in goal for the Cougars.
The Cougar volleyball team will open Central Valley Conference play next Wednesday
by hosting perennial powerhouse Fresno City College at 6 p.m. in the Al Baldock Cougar