Brahmas scare the Bulldogs away

Brahmas scare the Bulldogs away

After losing to the Ventura College Pirates and getting a draw against Moorpark, the Brahmas found a way to bounce back beating Hancock 5-1.

Kiara Washington had a great game scoring four of the five goals with Preet Kaur getting on the scoresheet as well.

Washington said she was pleased with her performance.

“I feel like I had a good game,” Washington said. “I kept working and stayed focused until the final whistle.”

The Brahmas started slow on defense, and midfielder Emely Graciliano took advantage to give Hancock the lead.

Minutes later, Pierce was awarded a penalty kick and Washington took advantage. She would go on to score her second goal after Preet Kaur delivered a great ball. Brahmas led 2-1 at the half.

Perez said the team started slow against a tough Hancock team.

“We scored goals at crucial times,” Perez said. “Kiara is a special talent. I think the whole team has played well. If we have to give awards out, I know many will say Kiara because she has scored most of the goals for us, but Natalia Puccio has been the catalyst of our defense.”

In the second half, the Brahmas showed a different attitude. Washington scored her second penalty kick.

She would go on to assist Kaur for the game’s fourth goal off an indirect free kick.

Washington wrapped things up to give the Brahmas a 5-1 win.

Perez said they needed this win to stay on track for playoffs.

“Friday is crucial. Second round is important because everyone will know who everybody is,” Perez said.

Puccio said they started flat footed, but eventually improved as the game progressed.

“I think the goal they scored made us realize that we need to wake up,” Puccio said. “I’m still surprised I am still in one piece after playing every minute, and that I haven’t got injured. I’m looking forward to playing Oxnard.”

With the win, the soccer team improves to 8-3-4, 4-2-2 in conference play. They host Oxnard College on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.