The soccer team’s season was full of ups and downs. Injuries, beating opponents by huge margins, also seeing the other side of the coin, the team had a lot to reflect on this year.
Head coach Adolfo Perez was proud of his players despite the obstacles they had to overcome.
“Under the circumstances, the team played outstandingly,” Perez said.
The Brahmas are the only team in the state to have made it to playoffs for 17 straight years.
Women’s soccer had season ending injuries at the beginning of the season. Co-captain Adriana Sosa tore her ACL.
Despite the injuries, the soccer team was able to carry itself to playoffs and defeat the no. 2 seed College of the Canyons on penalty kicks. In the regular season, COC had given Pierce their biggest loss in program history, beating them 7-0.
Before that match, they beat Grossmont College 3-1 in a play-in game, and Jennifer Veliz scored two sensational goals.
The team’s leading goal scorer Gisell Cruz made the game’s final goal. Cruz scored 14 of the 48 goals this season.
Perez said that the COC game was the best game they played. Not only was it exciting, but it was also payback for a previous loss.
“To go to their field and beat them on the same field they had beat us, was such an amazing feeling,” Perez said.
Perez said the season as a “rollercoaster.” The team has never finished less than second in its league.
Jocelyn Ramos, midfielder, said that the team has a great bond, regardless of their struggles.
“It was such an unexpected season because of so many injuries. We overcame every obstacle,” Ramos said.
The team’s season began with a 3-0 win against San Diego Miramar College. The Brahmas won their first two games before losing 3-2 against Chaffey College.
The team also won by a huge margin by beating Glendale College 8-0.
Irene Reyes, midfielder, said the team got on the same page as the weeks went by.
“I feel as though my team grew when we really gelled together. When we started to get to know each other, was when we really became a team,” Reyes said.
The team lost to San Bernardino Valley College 4-0 in the second round of playoffs. Their overall record ended 13-6-4.