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College women's soccer: COC’s action-packed day

Contreras scores three goals as Cougar women cruise at home

Posted: October 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

About the only College of the Canyons players that didn’t see any action on the field on Tuesday were the two goalkeepers.

That was due to the fact that the ball was hardly ever on COC’s half of the field in a women’s soccer matchup against Glendale College.

The Cougars scored five goals in the first 27 minutes of the game, which allowed coaches to substitute nearly every player on the roster for second-half playing time during the 9-0 victory at COC.

“We came out with whoever we had on the field and just kept it up,” said COC forward Elvia Contreras. “We kept up the intensity.”

Contreras recorded a hat trick on the day, scoring all three of her goals in the first half to help COC (7-2-1, 3-0 Western State Conference) win its third straight game to open up conference play.

With the Cougars up 2-0 in the 12th minute, Contreras controlled the ball on the left side of the midfield, dribbled through traffic by herself and finished with a strong right-footed shot from about 12 yards away.

It was her first score of the game to make it 3-0 before she added another pair of goals to push the lead to 5-0 going into halftime.

Her second goal was also unassisted in the 14th minute, and her third was tapped in from the left side of the 6-yard box off a deflection from Glendale goalkeeper Priscilla Miranda.

Beth Barker and Nicole Guerrero scored the first two goals of the game.

“We just played a good team,” said Glendale head coach Jorge Mena. “You’ve just got to respect that. They’re a good team and they play well.”

Glendale (1-9, 0-3) came into the day with just 15 players on the roster, and it had 14 by the end of the day due to a first-half injury.

The Vaqueros didn’t manage a single shot on goal, while COC had 10.

In the second half, with the majority of the starters out of the game, the Cougars picked up where they left off, getting goals from Katie Colletta and Jessica Heade before Kaeli Rohland rounded out the day with two goals of her own.

“We let the people know, ‘This is your chance,’” said COC head coach Justin Lundin of the second-half subs. “Let people know what you can do. We weren’t trying to run the score up or anything.”

After a small rough patch, COC has hit a stride in winning three straight games and outscoring opponents by a combined 15-0 in those wins.

It could provide a spark to the team as it heads into the thick of the conference season.

“We hit the tough part of our schedule now,” Lundin said.

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