Women’s soccer beats Pasadena

The Pierce College women’s soccer team broke their two game losing streak beating Pasadena College on the road with a 1-0 score on Friday night.

In the first half both teams had a hard fought defensive battle with Pasadena taking three shots on goal and held Pierce to only two shots on goal.

Pierce head coach Adolfo Perez changed up his starting line up and inserted midfielder Melissa Galmez.

“I finally got a chance to prove to my coaches why I deserve to be out there,” Galmez said.

In the 63 minute Galmez was able to score when midfielder Diana Argueta was able to get the ball out of the backfield to forward Shawnie Moore who was able cross the ball ahead to Galmez who put it into the corner of the net for the game’s only goal.

“Shawnie gave me a great ball and I had just enough to put it in,” Galmez said.

After the goal Pasadena picked up the tempo pressuring Pierce freshman goalie Jenna Koziol who had five saves for the game. In the final 25 minutes with seven shots on goal including a shot off the left crossbar in the 72nd minute.

Pierce was able to capitalize on Pasadena’s aggressive offensive play and countered with seven shots on goal in the second half.

The Brahmas were able to hang on thanks to a strong defensive effort from sophomore defenders Channise Bustamante and Karina Ramirez as well as freshman defender Alexis Mendias.

“This was a huge win for us,” Perez said. “Coming on the road to play one of the best Pasadena teams I’ve seen in years and beating them was big.”

The Brahmas next game will be played against crosstown rival Valley College on Tuesday where Bustamante  played before transferring to play soccer at Pierce.

“It will be weird playing against my former team,” Bustamante said. “But I came to Pierce to win.”