Cougars defeat Consumes River College by five goals

Taft College lost a men’s soccer game Friday to a team coach Angelo Cutrona thought the Cougars should never lose to.

“We had some long discussions and challenged them,” he said.  “We asked them whether or not they were a championship team or not.”

The heart-to-heart seemed to work.

The Cougars traveled to Sacramento Sunday where they dismantled Cosumnes River College 6-1, their most lopsided victory of the season.

CRC was ranked No. 3 in northern California and No. 8 in the state at the time.

“Their energy was the difference,” Cutrona said.  “They played with a lot more energy and it showed in the results.”

Sophomore midfielder Chris Sandoval led the offense with a hat trick.

“He didn’t start,” Cutrona said, “but came off the bench to score three goals.”

Christian Hernandez had a goal and two assists while Alex Caceres and Tyler Coombes each had a goal.

Miguel Ibarra contributed two assists and Marcos Corvera one.

The Cougars led 4-0 at the half, but gave up a goal in the first minute of the second half.

“We talked at halftime about not letting up, and then we give up a quick goal,” Cutrona said.  “But after that we took control and dominated.”

He said CRC coach Ronald Preble was stunned.

“He told me their team had never been dismantled like that.  He said we looked like an upper class college team that made them look like boys.  He thought this was our best team.”

Cutrona agreed that the Cougars could very well be the best he’s had and hasn’t reached its full potential.

He just hopes the team plays with the kind of energy it showed Sunday.

“It’s clear to me it was our energy level.  We’ll see if we can maintain that.”

The win lifts the Cougars to 11-4-4 on the season and into the No. 1 spot in the northern California rankings and No. 3 in the state.

TC is in Modesto today for another non-conference match and will host San Joaquin Delta next Tuesday at 3 p.m.