OCC settles for a tie against Golden West

OCC’s Eden Makaafi (19) battles to keep possession of the ball during Monday’s soccer match. 

 

The Orange Coast College women’s soccer team settled for a 2-2 draw at home against Golden West on Monday after being down 1-0 in the first half. 

Even with four shots in the first half, the Pirates offense struggled to find the back of the net and complete passes. 

“I think we needed to be just a little more clinical with our passing and finishing our attacks,” head coach Kevin Smith said. “We had some pretty good attacks that really just lacked the final pass and final shot.”

OCC goalkeeper Jessica Gardner saved three shots in the first, only allowing one goal by Golden West forward Jayda Anusasanananta at the 32 minute mark. 

The rest of the first half was quiet for both team’s offenses, and OCC headed into halftime down 1-0. In order to change the tide of the game, Smith advised his team to work smarter with the ball and make better decisions to let the ball do most of the work. 

The Pirates took their coach’s advice to heart, as the offense came alive in the second half, when forward Lilly Carroll completed a pass to forward Eden Makaafi, who successfully scored the game-tying goal 12 minutes into the second half.

“I couldn’t have done it without everyone else,” Makaafi said. “Everybody worked really well together to get it up the field, but Caroll made a great pass around and I just happened to be there.”

Makaafi and the Pirates did not stop applying pressure onto Golden West. At the 86 minute mark, Makaafi once again found the back of the net, putting the Pirates ahead of the Rustlers for the first time in the game. 

Unfortunately, that was not the game-winning goal for the Pirates, as the Rustlers put together a goal-bearing play and tied the game with four minutes remaining. 

Smith did not let Makaafi’s stellar performance go unnoticed.

“She worked really hard and did a great job,” Smith said. “She deserved the goals and deserved for the last goal to be the game winning goal, so it’s a shame that we gave up a goal at the end to tie.”

With this tie, the OCC women’s soccer conference record sits at 2-8-2 before facing the Rustlers again Tuesday at Golden West beginning at 3 p.m. 

“Our biggest concern is the turnaround time,” Smith said. “Less than 24 hours from now we have to play again, so we need to recover. I would imagine it is going to be a pretty similar game to today.”

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