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COC notebook: Cougars; men's soccer makes state semis

Cougars will host tournament; women’s hoops wins in Ventura

Posted: November 28, 2010 10:19 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

The College of the Canyons men’s soccer team is going home for the rest of the playoffs.

In a good way.

Thanks to a dramatic victory over Santa Ana College in the third round of the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional, the Cougars will take part in the state championship tournament.

And that tournament will take place at College of the Canyons, with semifinal games on Friday and the championship on Sunday.

The COC women’s volleyball team wasn’t so fortunate, falling in the first round of the CCCAA SoCal Regionals this past week to conclude its season.

The women’s basketball team, meanwhile, won the Ventura College Kiwanis Tournament in impressive fashion, and the men’s team won its only game last week.

Here’s a look at how the teams fared this past week.


Men’s Soccer

Trailing 1-0 at second-seeded Santa Ana with seven minutes to play on Saturday, the Cougars mounted a big comeback.

After an errant clearance of a corner kick, the ball came to the feet of COC defender Jose Reyes, who planted a shot past Santa Ana goalkeeper Jerrod Stith to knot the score at 1-1.

Three minutes later, midfielder Jorge Serrano sent a corner in to Saugus High graduate Emmanuel Padron, who found the back of the net with his strike to give College of the Canyons its first lead.

Two minutes after that, Golden Valley High graduate Andres Bueno took a ball upfield and ran at Stith, eventually placing a shot past him to put a stamp on the COC victory.

Santa Ana had taken the lead in the 35th minute off a penalty kick by Orlando Alcaraz.

The Cougars (16-5-2) outshot Santa Ana 14-10, while COC goalkeeper Alex Burkevics made five saves.

College of the Canyons had been winless against Santa Ana in three all-time meetings before the game, including a 4-1 setback earlier this season.

Earlier in the week, the Cougars beat Cerritos College 2-1 on the road in the second round.

The Cougars will now face Fresno City College at 1 p.m. Friday for the right to go to Sunday’s state championship, which will kick off at 10 a.m.

The other semifinal pits defending state champion Mt. San Antonio College against West Valley College, and it will take place at 10 a.m. Friday.

COC has never won a state championship in men’s soccer.


Women’s Volleyball

College of the Canyons struggled in a 3-0 loss to Santa Barbara City College in the first round of the CCCAA SoCal Regionals on Tuesday.

The Cougars lost by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-21. Although they led as late as 21-19 in the second set, they yielded the final six points and then fell behind big early in the third game.

COC finishes the season 14-10, and it shared second place in the Western State Conference with a 9-3 record.


Women’s Basketball

The women defeated host Ventura 84-77 in overtime to win the Ventura College Kiwanis Tournament on Sunday, improving to 5-2 on the season.

Ventura had been the preseason No. 1 team in the state, and on Saturday, the Cougars earned a 75-67 win over Mt. San Antonio College, which is the current No. 1.

They also beat Laney 78-74 on Friday.

“We disposed of two No. 1s in a three-day span,” said Cougars head coach Greg Herrick. “We were very happy with winning this prestigious tournament with great teams in it.”

Guard Dominique Turner scored 21 points against Ventura and was selected the tournament MVP. She also totaled 34 points in the other two wins.

Forward Jazzmyn Davis had 19 against Ventura and was also named to the all-tournament team, while guard Tinky Dahte scored 18 on Sunday.

“It was a good test for us, a good barometer for where we’re at right now,” Herrick said.

This week, COC will play its only home game of the pre-conference schedule. The Cougars host Moorpark at 5 p.m. on Saturday.


Men’s Basketball

The Cougars won their only game of the week, a 77-70 victory over Grossmont College on Tuesday evening.

Head coach Howard Fisher said that the team was growing and learning to play together, and the win marks the fourth time the Cougars (4-3) have won a game decided by 10 points or less this season.

College of the Canyons staved off a Grossmont rally in the second half. The Griffins used a pressure defense to cut into a 14-point halftime deficit, but they could get no closer than three points.

COC will now take part in the Rancho Vista Classic Tournament, which begins on Friday in Lancaster.

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