Pierce earns division titile in scoreless draw against Moorpark

In a Western State Conference Northern Division game, the Pierce College women’s soccer team traveled to Moorpark College, ending the game in a tie with a score of 0-0.

Entering the game with a record of 13-4-2 (9-1-1), Pierce needed either a tie or victory against Moorpark, 6-4-8 (5-3-3), to capture sole possession of first place in their division.

Pierce head coach Adolfo Perez said that Pierce would “play a much better version of Moorpark then we played at home.”

‘We beat them 4-0 at home. They came out with a lot more energy. Considering that we have a few players that are hurt, that didn’t help us.”

Knowing his team only needed one point to clinch their division, Pierce head coach Adolfo Perez switched up his lineup. He said that his team did “not want to share.”

“We put Shawnie Moore, which is our best athlete, our fastest player at sweeper, a defensive role which she doesn’t play much and she did extraordinary,’ Perez said. “I think that was a big key for us to leave with the tie.”

Moorpark had more opportunities to score in the first half but Pierce goalie Jenna Koziol played excellent, according to Pierce coach Adolfo Perez. In the second half Pierce played much better, with more chances to score but came up empty.

At the conclusion of the game, Pierce coach Adolfo Perez told his team that he was “very proud of them.”

“This is our ninth conference championship and the first in the north since we got moved up. We didn’t know what to expect because in theory the conference is always supposed to be harder. To be able to win it in our first year with a team that is very young was pleasing.”

Looking forward to the playoffs, Pierce coach Adolfo Perez said his team feels confident because “at the beginning of the year we did not expect this.”

“Anything after this is really crazy… we should just have a great week of training and keep grinding like we’ve had all year.”