Lady Cougars shut out Cuesta College on the road

Taft College evened its women’s soccer record at 7-7-2 on the season Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.

Maria Arroyo scored her eighth goal of the season about 20 minutes into the game off a free kick by Ulu Ah Sam that was mishandled by the Cuesta goalkeeper.

It was Ah Sam’s first assist of the season.

Maria Ibarra earned her second goal of the season despite falling as she kicked a pass from Stephany Foster.  It was Foster’s second assist.

The Cougars tied Cuesta earlier in the season.

“The first time we actually played better soccer,” said head coach Myisha Cutrona.  “We just weren’t connecting our passes then.”

Cuesta “came right at us, but they had only one dangerous shot on goal and that was off a PK (penalty kick),” she said.  “They were taking a lot of lob shots.”

Goalkeeper Jessica Sanchez blocked the penalty kick, one of her seven saves in the game to give her 49 on the season.

“She has been playing very, very solid for us in goal right now,” Cutrona said.

The Cougars have four games left – beginning next Tuesday with a non-conference rematch with Santa Barbara City College.  Action begins at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a 3 p.m. tussle between the Cougar men and San Joaquin Delta College.

The Cougar women will finish the regular season with conference games against College of the Sequoias in Visalia Nov. 6, West Hills in Lemoore Nov. 10 and Fresno City College in Taft Nov. 13.

TC defeated Sequoias and West Hills earlier and will be favored the second time around.
However, the Cougars lost to Santa Barbara and Fresno.

“We’ve made some changes in our lineup, and I think we are capable of beating both Santa Barbara and Fresno this time,” Cutrona said.