Dim season examined in retrospect

Players show poise in dealing with losses

By Jose Jimenez, Spotlight Editor

The women’s soccer team finished 1-11 in the Bay Valley Conference (BVC), 1-19 overall and finished in last place in the conference.

The Comets finished the season on an eight-game losing streak and the team finished 1-9 in its final 10 games played.

In the BVC, CCC accumulated three points in the standings, the lowest in the conference.

And in comparison, Folsom Lake College (12-0 in the BVC), had 36 points in the standings.

“Rome wasn’t built in one day,” Athletic Director John Wade said. “This is not a four-year college and it’s a tough job recruiting women who actually want to make sports (important).”

The Comets were 0-13 at home and began the year on a season high 11-game skid before beating College of Marin, 3-1.

The bright spots for CCC in that game on Oct. 7 were sophomore midfielder Deanna Guzman’s score and two goals scored by midfielder Abigail Perez.

“This was my first year with CCC, and in my opinion our awareness of how the game should be played lacked on the field,” striker Mayra Garcia said. “It was a large factor (in the team’s losses).”

The individuals set the tone against Marin (1-11 in the BVC), with three first half goals. However, after that win, the Comets failed to score in 11 consecutive halves, at times looking apathetic.

It was not until Garcia scored on an unassisted goal against Marin on Nov. 4 that the scoring slump ended for the Comets.

In fact, the score by Garcia was the only goal for CCC after its victory against Marin back in October.

The Comets were outscored 57-1 in their final eight games — unprecedented in any stretch of soccer matches this season.

Statistically the Comets scored five goals all season, and gave up the second most goals in the state with 88.

Defender Gibsy Vilchis said teams always seemed more aggressive on the field when the games started.

Only winless Cerro Coso Community College (0-9-1 in the Foothill Conference, and 0-17-1 overall) gave up more at 117.

Coach Amanda Beckenhauer said to anticipate a change  in culture for the team for the 2015 season.