Soccer hitting its stride

Soccer hitting its stride

Brahmas soccer kept their foot on the accelerator getting wins over the Oxnard College Condors and the Moorpark College Raiders.

With the win the soccer team extended their winning streak to four games, improving their overall record to 7-3-2.

Head coach Adolfo Perez said the team has had major improvements.

“We’ve been a little bit more consistent. Kind of like a big thing was putting Gisell [Cruz] in the middle. I took her out of the front line. And the irony she is scoring more goals from the midfield,” Perez said.

The Brahmas got the win against the Condors by a score of 6-1. Jordyn Conlon and Keyonna Hill led the team with two goals.

In the game against the Raiders, the team won 4-1. The Brahmas at the half were up 2-0, but at the start of the second half, Rebecca Ramirez scored to cut the deficit. Cruz and Hill added two more goals to secure the win.

Perez said that against Moorpark, the team maintained the consistency and overall felt they did well.

“I think we kept our poise. Against the Raiders it was good. We got up 2-0 at the half. We talked about playing that complete game because we either play well the first half or the second half,” Perez said.

Diana Salonga, midfielder, said she has been proud of the team’s winning streak.

“It’s great honestly. Like it hasn’t occurred to me yet that we are on a four game winning streak. And I do hope that we can continue this especially since we are heading into conference play,” Salonga said.

Salonga said the Brahmas came out motivated from their two road games.

“The team came out with positive energy. Since our two games were away. We weren’t comfortable with the fields, but we did a good job at managing that,” Salonga said.

The Brahmas have scored 16 goals in the past three games. Perez said the forwards are starting to gel as the games progress.

Iliana Yanez started the game in goal, before swtiching to the midfield.

Perez said that Yanez did great in the minutes she was a midfielder.

“Iliana who was our starting goalie, I put her as a midfielder and she literally changed the game for us in the second half. I mean by me putting her in the midfield, she did fantastic and it was great for us,” Perez said.

Yanez said that she was eager to get on the field.

“When you’re in goal, you can’t make much of a difference if the ball doesn’t come to you,” Yanez said. “So it is cool to play in both positions.”

Perez said that heading into conference play, it will not be like previous years as the teams are competitive.

“In a long time conference has not been this. Like you look at Glendale College and they’re usually a doormat, they’re usually weak. They have won more games now than in the last 12-13 years,” Perez said. “Playing conference this year will not be a walk in the park.”