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COC soccer's superb season ends

Cougars lose first game of the season in the playoffs

Posted: November 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.

One loss the whole season and it came at the wrong time.

College of the Canyons women’s soccer lost 1-0 to Ventura College in the second round of the California Community College Athletic Association Regional Playoffs at Cougar Stadium on Wednesday.

The loss ended one of the best seasons in program history.

The nation’s No. 3 team in Junior College Division III, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of

America, finished the campaign at 18-1-4.

“We had a great season. Really the girls worked so hard this year and put so much time and effort in,” said COC head coach Justin Lundin. “It’s really disappointing to go out the way we did. The team had a great season.”

It was a case of the Cougars just not being able to score against a squad they previously beat 3-1 on Sept. 7.

It wasn’t for lack of trying, though, as the Cougars put nine shots on goal in the contest with seven coming in the second half.

One of those shots deflected off the post.

Nation No. 15 Ventura (17-5-1) scored the game’s lone goal in the 31st minute.

Lupita Magana took a free kick from about 22 yards out and COC added a fifth player to its wall.

Magana’s kick deflected off that fifth player and past COC goalkeeper Katherine Koury.

Cougars Brittany Sayre, Jessica Heade and Casey Wesley each had two shots on goal in the game.

“That’s just playoffs,” Lundin said. “We generated a lot of opportunities. Their keeper (Katelyn White) came up with some great saves today. The ball just wouldn’t go in the back of the net.”

The Cougars came into the game averaging 3.4 goals per contest.

They were shut out just once this season coming into Tuesday’s game — a 0-0 tie against Santa Monica on Sept. 25.

COC won its second straight Western State Conference, South Division title this year, finishing with an 11-0-4 mark.
Lundin will now concentrate on the Hart High girls program, where he is in his first season as head coach for the Indians.



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