Warriors lose to defending champs

In a hard-fought battle against the defending state champions, San Bernardino Valley College, the women’s soccer team (3-1-0) couldn’t overcome a 2-0 deficit.

The Warriors lost the close game, 3-2, marking their first loss of the season.

“We fought the entire game and it’s unfortunate that we didn’t win the game,” Jaymie Baquero, coach, said. “I couldn’t ask for more, there were a lot of positives that we can take away from playing the reigning champions.”

At halftime, trailing 1-0 the team was ready to make a comeback. The women were then knocked down a little bit after giving up a 2-0 lead only six minutes into the second half.

However, the Warriors did not let the score affect them.

The team answered back with goals by Marilyn Cervantes and Itchel Guzman to tie the game 2-2.

Both goals were scored in the second half, one of which was scored off a corner-kick in the 58th minutes and the second which tied the game at 2-2  came only five minutes later in the 63rd minute.

“Being down just made us want to work harder. We definitely didn’t want to lose,” Guzman said. “Our coaches reassured us that we could come back and win the game.”

With about 13 minutes left in the game, San Bernardino Valley scored the go-ahead goal to give them the 3-2 win and stop the Warriors from making the comeback.

Even with the great performance against the defending champs the team  are ready to work harder to improve and correct everything for the rest of the seaon.

“We went knowing it was going to be a tough game, but we never gave up”, Guzman said.

The women’s team will be looking to rebound, when it travels to Cuesta College Tuesday. The game will be starting at 3 p.m.

“It’s a learning experience and the loss just shows us what we need to work on as a team,” Baca said.

“We’re doing better than last year and I’m happy where we stand, but it’s a long season and were in a very strong conference,” Baquero said.