The Orange Coast College women’s soccer team lost to Santiago Canyon 1-0 in a home conference game on October 22. With the loss, OCC falls to a five-game losing streak, while the Hawks remain undefeated.
As the first half began, Santiago Canyon immediately took control of the game. On both offense and defense, the Hawks made little mistakes and controlled the tempo of the match. The Hawks nine first-half shots put the Pirates defense under constant pressure. All of the pressure caused the defense to crack, and fifteen minutes into the match Santiago Canyon was able to put away the only goal of the day on a rebounded shot by Cassie Lewis.
Following the goal, nothing changed on the offensive side of the ball for the Pirates who were unable to get a shot off for the remaining 30 minutes. All while the Hawks continued to play through balls down the wings creating more and more problems for the defenders.
The Hawks dominated possession of the ball and continued to find space in the attacking half of the field in the second half. However, OCC’s defense did look more up to the task as goalkeeper Jessica Gardner had multiple impressive saves to keep the score close.
From minute 45 to 75, the Pirates attackers lacked urgency, not seeing many chances through on goal. This is also a nod to the Hawks defense who snubbed out any opportunity that OCC created.
In the final 15 minutes the Pirates came to life, putting two shots on goal, one of which was a one-on-one opportunity for forward Lily Carrol who was denied by the post. This was the final shot they got in a tough defeat to a talented conference opponent.
OCC’s next match is on Oct. 26 against Saddleback. The match will be played at LeBard Stadium, where OCC looks to break its losing streak and get their first league win.