Extra-time penalty kick gives Rams 2-1 win
An extra-time penalty kick gave Fresno City College a 2-1 victory over Taft College Friday that gave the Rams the upper hand in the Central Valley Conference.
The match was scoreless until Fresno’s Joao Santos scored in the 75th minute to break the ice, but TC midfielder Leopoldo Hernandez guided in a free kick in the 89th minute to tie the match.
Taft’s elation evaporated a short time later when Alex Covarrubias’ penalty kick found the net in extra time.
TC will get a chance to get even on Nov. 6 in Fresno.
The Cougars (2-1 CVC, 9-2-1 overall) are taking a break from conference wars this week with matches at American River (4-7-1) today, San Bernardino Valley (5-5-2) on Friday and at home Saturday against Folsom Lake (10-1-1), like Taft, one of the best teams in the state.
TC returns to CVC action next Tuesday at West Hills-Lemoore (1-1-1 CVC, 2-6-1 overall).
After starting conference play 2-0, the Cougars played Clovis (2-1-1, 8-2-3 overall) to a scoreless standoff last Friday in Clovis. Statistics were not made available.
Taft (8-4-2 overall) travels to Visalia today for a conference match with College of the Sequoias (1-3 CVC, 1-8 overall) before hosting league leader Fresno (3-0, 9-1-3) on Friday.
The Cougars split Central Valley Conference sweeps last week, beating Porterville 25-8, 25-12, 25-11 but losing to Merced 18-25, 15-25, 23-25 on Friday.
In the win Erin Fujitani had 10 kills and 10 digs, Madisen Dougherty had 8 kills and 7 digs, Keala Skeele 8 kills and 2 digs and Allison Mizener 10 digs. Hunter Everson tossed up 28 assists.
Individual statistics for the Merced match were not available.
The Cougars (4-4 CVC, 6-12 overall) play College of the Sequoias (5-3, 11-7) in Visalia on Wednesday and will host Reedley (2-6, 2-11) on Friday.