Soccer kicks off return to competition

Soccer kicks off return to competition

The Brahmas took the soccer field for the first time since November 2019, as they hosted Golden West College.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no athletic season last year.

In a close game, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Head soccer coach Adolfo Perez said he was proud of the team’s efforts.

“To only play with one sub in this heat against a team that had more players,” Perez said. Last season in the final minutes, this always happened. We either lose or tie a game.”

Golden West had a great chance to take the lead through forward LaNell Swain, but goalkeeper Joanna Cerda came up with a big save tipping the ball over the goal.

Forward Alexandra Meza scored Pierce’s first goal which gave Pierce a 1-0 lead at the half.

Meza said she was happy to score in the first game back after more than a year.

“It was actually pretty nice to get on the scoresheet after so long,” Meza said. “I was a little anxious because I couldn’t believe it.”

In the second half, things went south for the team. An own goal off a corner kick gave the equalizer to GWC.

The Brahmas responded with an indirect free kick which was scored by midfielder Hayley Villafane.

Midfielder Alyssa Serrano in the final minutes scored to make sure Golden West left John Shepard Stadium with a draw.

Perez said their composure wasn’t the best when the second goal came from GWC. He is hopeful that more players can be cleared for their next game at East LA College.

“We wanted to play safe,” Perez said. “We didn’t have test results from some of the players. Others turned in their physical form today.”

He said that ELAC will be a tough opponent, but they’re prepared for the challenge.

“I love to choose hard opponents for non-conference,” Perez said. “I might be dumb for doing so, but it’s much better than going 10-0 against easier teams.”

Athletic Director Susan Armenta said she was excited to see competition.

“It is a breath of fresh air,” Armenta said. “All the hard work and dedication paid off. I’m proud of the resiliency of our athletes.”

Brahmas go on the road Tuesday to face ELAC. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.