An incident from the opposing team’s fans did not throw off the soccer team Friday as they beat the Glendale Community College Vaqueros 5-0 to improve their overall record to 11-4-2.
With the win under their belts, they remain second tied with the Santa Monica Corsairs at 4-1 in conference play.
The Corsairs lost to the LA Valley College Monarchs in their game Friday by a score of 4-3.
Head Coach Adolfo Perez explained that Glendale’s team was coming off of a win against Los Angeles Valley College, and was playing with a lot of confidence. However, this confidence did not shake Pierce’s team.
Even though the game was off to a rough start, The Brahmas were able to pull through and end up scoring 5 goals. Three of these goals were scored by forward Keyonna Hill. The remaining two goals were scored by team captains Gisell Cruz and Diana Millan.
Perez explained that in conference, you play each team twice. It is for this reason that the team is aware, because they have already played everyone once before. This has helped the team to know what to expect coming into the second round of games.
Perez said that the key to a successful outcome lies within the team’s mentality.
“I think preparation and focus”. Although the team did not do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for this specific game, keeping this mentality is what carried the team to a win,” Perez said.
Gisell Cruz, who scored one of the five goals that brought the team to victory explained that all of the girls are very excited to play and possibly win the conference.
“The best feeling out of the whole game was just getting the result and that win with your team. After everything that happened it was just a good feeling to know that we won,” Cruz said.
Cruz went on to talk about how a winning conference could secure a spot in playoffs as well. The results of this week’s game will have a lasting effect on the team.
During the game, parents from Glendale’s side were causing multiple disruptions, yelling negative things to the soccer team.
These parents were escorted off the field, and security proceeded to escort the team off campus once the game was over.
Hill reflected on how she felt after being put into the game while the parents on the opposing side were still being disruptive.
“I kind of did fear for my safety when coach put me in the game and they started saying stuff toward me. But I knew that my coach had my back,” Hill said.
Despite the disturbances from the opposing side, Hill is looking forward to hopefully taking home another win, as well as staying humble.
The next road game will be this Friday Nov. 2 at Santa Monica College. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.