The Pierce College Soccer team improved its performance against the Ventura College Pirates as they kept the win at home with a score of 2-0 on Friday, Oct. 16.
Pierce had to change their jersey from pink to black because Ventura was wearing pink to honor breast cancer awareness.
Brahmas kicked off the game with a slow start but fired up after the first substitution around the 15 minute mark.
In the 20th minute, Makayla Nichols made the first goal of the game, and her ninth goal in the season. The team improved its focus after Nichols first goal.
“Lately for practice we have been getting up our fitness. I’ve been working on my touch and finishing, and how to finish in different situations,” said Nichols. “It has helped out a lot and I think it showed in the game today.”
Pierce then received a shot-on-goal from the Pirates. Freshman goalkeeper, Alexis Brown, made an incredible save leaving the Pirates scoreless throughout the game.
In the 32nd minute, sophomore forward, Eliza Phillips left the game due to a head injury. Phillips was receiving a corner kick and accidentally head butted a Pirate.
The Brahmas were leading the Pirates 1-0 at halftime.
As the second half began, the Brahmas kept the ball on the Pirates side. The team was trying its best to conclude the game.
Pirates turned the ball over and started to attempt aggressive shots, but Alexis Brown kept denying their goals as she made five saves.
In the 51st minute Pierce scored another goal made by freshman forward, Makayla Nichols making the score 2-0.
Brahmas kept up its intensity and foot work throughout the second half. In the 61st minute sophomore forward, Abigail Chavez attempted a shot to extend the score but aimed too high as the ball hit the crossbar.
“I stress out about scoring a lot. I haven’t scored since the beginning of the season,” said Chavez. “But getting fit and practicing a lot on running will definitely assist me on my scoring.”
In the 82nd minute, sophomore midfielder, Diana Argueta, was injured due to a kick on the knee and made a fatal fall. Argueta left the game with a knee injury.
After losing two injured Brahmas, the game concluded as the Brahmas walked away with a win and a record of 6-1-5.
“They are a good team, and tough to score on. They have a great coach,” said Steve Hoffman, Pirates head coach. “We need to not give away easy, silly goals though.
Head Coach, Adolfo Perez was very pleased with the girls performance. The practice paid off.
“I felt great about this game. We haven’t scored a goal in the last three games but we finally scored,” said Perez. “We practiced and worked hard all week on scoring. The team will see the results of their practice.”
The Brahmas will play at home again as they go up against Cuesta College on Tuesday Oct.20 at 4 p.m.