Comets shut out Trojans, extend positive record

The men’s soccer team score in the second half to smuggle out a win from Skyline College


Denis Perez / The Advocate

Comet George Borrows (left) goes for a high ball as Skyline College player Daniel Segura pressures him from behind during CCC’s 2-0 win against the Trojans on Sept. 9.

By Efrain Valdez, Staff writer

SAN BRUNO — The men’s soccer team (4-2) is starting to find good form after a tough 2-0 win against Skyline College (0-2-1) in San Bruno on Friday.

After a its first home game of the season Contra Costa College was back on the road, but unlike the match against Santa Rosa Junior College the team was able to keep a clean sheet against the Trojans.

“We found a way to keep the clean sheet today even though we were sloppy at times in the backline,” Comet coach Nikki Ferguson said as his team cooled down under rolling fog and gusts of wind after the game.

The game was full of chances to score as the Trojans outshot the Comets 12-11 by the end of the game.

But the winning goals were scored in the second half despite both teams only firing three shots on goal each.

CCC striker Christian Geronimo broke the deadlock at minute 62 when he trapped a loose ball that bounced off a Trojan defender at the left edge of the penalty area.

Geronimo then broke two more Trojan players at the top of the penalty area, dribbled a little further to the right to rifle a low shot across his body, past lunging goalkeeper James Brignoli, and into the far side of the goal.

For the majority of the first half both teams shared the same number of possessions, scoring opportunities and quality saves.

Comet center fullback Alfonso Munoz said, “Our problem in the first half was that our defensive line sat back too much and that created a gap between our backline and midfielders.”

However, in the second half the Comets started to find their groove and looked much more dangerous in the final third of the field.

“(The Trojans) midfield held a high line, but after the halftime break we regrouped and were able to open the scoreboard,” Munoz said.

Trojan right-winger Russell Taylor said while it was an even game in the first half, the Comets played more aggressively for most of the final 45 minutes.

“The difference between us was that we did not put away our chances. Both teams pretty much had the same number of opportunities, but whichever team that could put away its opportunities first would win the game,” Taylor said.

Midfielder Jordan Fletchero doubled the Comet lead with 7 minutes left in the game after Trojan goalkeeper Brignoli miscalculated a lobbed backpass and dropped the ball.

Fletchero capitalized off the goalkeeping error with an easy tap in goal.

“Jay (Comet forward Jahrie Gray) is probably mad at me because I have been getting the easy goals and he always has to work hard for his,” Fletchero joked.

Skyline tried to make a late comeback and pushed up high on the pitch but failed to convert some chances.

The Comets were able to milk the clock, secure the victory and keep the clean sheet intact.

Trojan coach Gabe Saucedo after the game said, “We got very good looks on goal but we did not finish. The Comets on the other hand finished the opportunities they got.”

A word that describes this CCC men’s soccer team perfectly is opportunistic.

While Bay Valley Conference play has not begun, if the Comets can continue this winning streak, they could open conference play with the best record of any team within its conference.

The 2015 BVC champions have been very good at finishing the chances they get in front of goal and have been solid defensively.

The Comets most recent game was on Tuesday against Butte College in Oroville, after press time. Depending on the results of this game, CCC could face City College of San Francisco at the Soccer Field on Tuesday at 4 p.m. with a three-game winning cushion.

CCC has two games against at Evergreen Valley College and Lassen College before its conference opener against Mendocino College on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.