Huskies advance to playoffs despite loss

TOUGH LUCK —Belinda Newsom, 27, attacks the goal as the Falcon defense guards the goal. CN/ Joseph Recinos

By  Joseph Recinos

The women’s soccer team lost their first conference match at Weingart stadium this year with a 4-0 loss against the Cerritos College Falcons last Thursday. The last game of conference proved to be a one-sided event, where both teams fought hard and had good opportunities but only one team scored.

The Husky strikers came close to scoring on many occasions but could not get the ball past the keeper. “ I thought we played well, we hit the post four times,” said Tessa Troglia, Husky head coach, “We played 70 tough minutes.”

The Falcons managed to dissect the Husky defense, and at the beginning of the second half of the game led by two goals. At the end of the game the fate of the Huskies had been decided as they ended up in 3rd place in conference and 23rd in state.

The Huskies ended the regular season with an overall record of  12-6-3, and a conference record of 8-4-2. With the last game of the conference behind them, the Huskies are looking forward and preparing for the playoffs. The Huskies finished the season strong in conference standings and players are confident that they will do well in the playoffs.

“We could have done better in the Cerritos game but we needed a boost of confidence. Now were looking forward to pushing it all the way,” said Crystal Sanchez, a red-shirt goalkeeper. We are expecting to do good, we have a lot of talented girls, and if we were to face Cerritos again it would just make us work harder,” said Sanchez about the possibility of facing Cerritos in the playoffs.

The first playoff game for the Huskies will be at Ventura College, against the Pirates.  The Pirates defeated Oxnard College 2-0 on Friday. Friday’s victory over the Condors gave them their 14th Western State Conference Championship. The Pirates are currently ranked 5th in the state.

The Huskies will be relying on Troglia’s coaching expertise.  With Troglia, the Huskies have made it to the playoffs two of her three years as the head coach. “I am extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished. The coach has done a great job. She does things the right way,” said Al Cone, Husky athletic director.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *