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COC soccer: COC’s run continues

College soccer: Cougars advance to second round of CCCAA regionals

Posted: November 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The College of the Canyons women’s soccer team wasted no time jumping out to an early lead Saturday when it hosted Antelope Valley College in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Southern California Regional at COC.

In the first minute, the Cougars’ Sydney Tobin took advantage of a Marauders mistake and sent the ball low and to the left of the keeper to take an early lead.

The goal was all Canyons (14-3-3) would need as it pitched its second straight shutout victory with a 2-0 win.

"(Scoring early helped) definitely," Tobin said. "It put them on their heels and let them know we would put up a hard fight."

After taking the lead, the Cougars turned to their stellar defense, which shut down the Marauders (15-3-2) for the remainder of the game.

Antelope Valley saw its one real opportunity to tie up the match thwarted in the 61st minute when it was called for a foul that negated the would-be equalizing goal.

"The early goal probably mentally hurt us," said Antelope Valley head coach Jerry Stupar. "We were prepared for their system of play. We disrupted what they like to do."

Outside of that one opportunity, the Canyons’ defense didn’t allow the Marauders to finish any of their 10 shots on goal as the Cougars pitched their ninth shutout of the season.

COC, on the other hand, took 14 shots and put five of them on goal, including Sarah Sager’s 88th minute goal.

On the goal, Sager beat Antelope Valley goalie Michaela Charlberg to the ball and took a shot that was deflected back to her by defenseman Marisol Vite before Sager rocketed the ball into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.

"I just saw (Charlberg) wanted to play the ball," Sager said. "It took me three tries, but I didn’t stop. It definitely clinched the game."

And now, with No. 15 seed San Bernardino’s 0-0 (5-4 penalty kicks) upset of No. 2 seed Santa Barbara City College, the Cougars will host the Wolverines on Tuesday in the second round.

"I think today we showed we were the superior team from the beginning," said COC head coach Justin Lundin. "I’ve thought all year we have a chance to beat anyone on any given day,"


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