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College soccer: The stop sign

COC women’s soccer team’s successful season ends

Posted: November 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons’ Nicole Guerrero, right, battles for the ball against San Bernardino Valley College’s Maddy Horan on Tuesday at College of the Canyons in the CCCAA So Cal Regional second round.

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The College of the Canyons women’s soccer team had control of its California Community College Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Southern California Regional second-round matchup with San Bernardino Valley College for nearly the entire match.

The 7th-seeded Cougars had the advantage in shots, corner kicks, fouls and time of possession, but a five-minute period to start the second half saw 15th-seeded San Bernardino punch in two goals to shock Canyons in a 2-1 victory over the Cougars.

Canyons (14-4-3) was the aggressor throughout the first half, tallying nine shots and four shots on goal to the Wolverines’ five shots, none of which were placed on net.

“We controlled the entire first half,” said COC head coach Justin Lundin, adding that in the playoffs one lucky bounce can change the game.

And San Bernardino (15-5-3) found that bounce early in the second half, as Mariela Ortega lobbed a shot just over the reach of Cougars goalie Francine Hernandez.

Just under five minutes later the Wolverines struck again as Milan Galloway broke away from defenders and placed the ball to the right of the keeper from 20 yards out to take a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute.

“We didn’t change anything (from the first half),” said San Bernardino head coach Kristin Hauge. “We just reminded them of things we like to do.”

Down two goals, Canyons was forced into a more aggressive style of play. Meanwhile, the Wolverines became more defensive, choosing their scoring opportunities wisely and mostly off the counter attack.

The Cougars struggled against the defensive pressure of the Wolverines, until San Bernardino failed to clear a Canyons’ corner kick from the box and COC’s Brittani Stumbo directed it past the keeper to pull within one in the 81st minute.

“We came out not knowing what we were going to expect,” said Canyons forward Elvia Contreras. “They put that goal in, and we put our heads down. Then we got the goal, but we just ran out of time.”

The loss ends the Cougars’ most successful season in seven years, as they won their first Western State Conference, South Division championship since 2004.

“It was a great year — a great season,” Lundin said. “Conference championship, we won a playoff game. We accomplished all the goals we had set trying to build this season.”

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