Women’s soccer improves to 6-0 against Taft

Freshman Midfielder Julissa Castaneda takes a shot against Taft College goal keeper Lesli Aviles in the second half of the game Friday. The Falcons went on to win the game shutting out the Cougars with a score of 3

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Freshman Midfielder Julissa Castaneda takes a shot against Taft College goal keeper Lesli Aviles in the second half of the game Friday. The Falcons went on to win the game shutting out the Cougars with a score of 3

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The Cerritos College women’s soccer team had a 3-0 shutout win over the Taft College Cougars Friday.

“Its intimidating coming here. Cerritos has always been in the past few years a good team,” Taft Head Coach Myisha Cutrona said.

freshman forward Mabel Chacon and freshman midfielder Lauren Nanez, combined to score all three points for the Falcons.

Chacon’s first goal of the game was scored in the 43rd minute of the first half, which came off an assist from midfielder Chelsea Villegas.

The Cougars goalkeeper Lesli Aviles described their lack of defense by saying “on the right side we had problems.”

Cutrona said, “Cerritos does counters very well and we were slow to transition and so they got us on counters.”

The Falcons defense held the Cougars to only one shot attempt in the first half.

In the first half Cerritos had 10 shot attempts, on the opposing goalkeeper, ending the first half with a 1-0 lead over the Cougars.

Early in the second half, Cerritos forward Nanez scored her only goal of the game.

Shortly after Nanez, scored she was forced to leave the game early in the second half due to abdominal pains.

“She was having some abdominal pains, she said she would stop running and it would bother her” said Cerritos College Head Coach Ruben Gonzalez said.

Nanez was substituted and replaced by freshman forward Tatiana Valentin.

Valentin had three shot attempts one of which she headed off a free kick, but was blocked by Aviles.

“We knew they were getting tired, so as long as we kept forcing the ball we knew we would get past their defense,” Valentin said.

Fellow freshman teammate Mabel Chacon scored her second goal of the game with 13 minutes left in the second half.

Chacon finished the game with two goals to put her at second on the team in scoring with a total of 4 goals this season, which is right behind the team’s leading scorer midfielder Lauren Nanez, who has a total of 8 goals.

The Falcons finished the game with a total of 19 shot attempts and three points compared to the Cougars, who finished with a total of three shot attempts and zero points.

Although the Falcons got the win Friday against Taft College, Gonzalez still had some critique for his team on what they need to improve on going into conference play next week.

“Even though we got a shut out today I think defensively we’ve got to be a little tighter and I think we have got to take care of the ball a little bit more and not give it away and finish our opportunities. I think those are the three key things” Gonzalez said.

The Falcons remain undefeated with an overall record of 6-0.

They begin South Coast Conference play Tuesday against L.A. Harbor College.