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COC notebook: Women's golf still rolling

Cougars will try to pad their lead in the WSC today

Posted: October 17, 2010 10:17 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

The College of the Canyons soccer and cross country teams continued their up-and-down seasons this past week.
The women’s golf team, meanwhile, just stayed up.

With two Western State Conference matches left before the conference finals, the Cougars are still a perfect 20-0 in conference. They have a chance to put even more distance between themselves and the rest of the conference in today’s match at TPC Valencia.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams each split their two contests this past week, and the men’s and women’s cross country teams recorded top-15 finishes at the Mt. San Antonio College Invite.

Women’s golf
While head coach Gary Peterson said the Cougars weren’t at the top of their game during last week’s conference match, they’re still in position to all but lock up the conference title today.

COC is eight matches up on second-place Bakersfield.

“We need to secure the first step in our goal, which is a conference championship,” he said. “If we can make it (a nine- or 10-match lead), it wouldn’t be mathematically impossible for them to come back but we were be fairly secure in our conference championship.”

Hae Yung Kim shot a 77 and finished second individually to lead the Cougars last week. Kim is just one of five or six golfers Peterson can count on to turn in a low round for the team.

Balance, he said, is what’s most important.

“That’s totally what’s keying us,” he said. “It’s honestly separating us from the other teams. I don’t think any team in the state has the depth that we have. We have six women who can walk out and shot in the 70s on any given day.”

After today’s conference match at TPC Valencia, the Cougars will play in a WSC match at Alisal Ranch next Monday before conference finals take place on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Olivas Links in Ventura.

COC is gunning for its first state championship since 2007.
   
Men’s soccer
Golden Valley graduate Andres Bueno scored twice to lead the Cougars past Citrus College 3-2 last Tuesday, but COC followed up with a 1-0 loss to Santa Barbara on Friday.

Bueno scored his first goal unassisted to tie the score, and after Citrus took back the lead, he tied the score again off an assist by midfielder Jorge Serrano. Forward Jesus Salazar scored the game-winner, off an assist by defender Jose Reyes.

Against Citrus, goalkeeper Eduardo Robles made 10 saves but allowed a goal in the 22nd minute, and COC managed just nine shots.

COC is currently 6-4-2 overall and 2-2-2 in conference. The Cougars will host Oxnard at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Women’s soccer
Despite a plethora of injuries this season, the Cougars are still 7-4-2 overall and 3-3 in conference after splitting two games last week.

“It’s hard to build any kind of chemistry because we keep playing with different lineups,” said head coach Justin Lundin.
COC fell 5-1 to Santa Monica on Tuesday before beating Glendale 3-0 on Friday.

Canyon graduate Beth Barker scored one of COC’s three goals against Glendale on Friday. Barker sent home a penalty kick in the 54th minute to give the Cougars a lead, and the other goals were scored by midfielders Brittani Stumbo and Cayla White. Forward Emma Wright assisted White’s goal, the only assist of the game.

Stumbo also scored COC’s lone goal in the loss to Santa Monica, which was closer than the score indicated. Lundin said the Cougars trailed just 2-1 with seven minutes left before Santa Monica pulled away.

The Cougars will travel to face Bakersfield at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“Hopefully we can get on track with Bakersfield,” Lundin said. “That’s going to be a big game for us.”

Cross country
Led by Golden Valley graduate Ryland Del Valle’s sixth-place individual finish, the COC men finished 13th at the Mt. San Antonio College Invite on Friday.

The women, meanwhile, wound up seventh.

Del Valle ran the four-mile race in 21 minutes, 10 seconds. The sophomore has been COC’s top runner all season.

Both teams are off this week and will prepare for the conference championships on Oct. 26 at Crescenta Valley.

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