Women’s soccer falls again

This has not been the season the women’s soccer team had envisioned, however they were looking to change that against Irvine Valley Oct. 5 at the Norco Campus. Looking to improve on its 1-8-1 record the Tigers started the match with strong defense but they eventually fell to the Lasers 2-1.

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By Stephanie Holland

By Stephanie Holland

This has not been the season the women’s soccer team had envisioned, however they were looking to change that against Irvine Valley Oct. 5 at the Norco Campus.

Looking to improve on its 1-8-1 record the Tigers started the match with strong defense but they eventually fell to the Lasers 2-1.

As their head coach Lynsey Jalayer instructed from the sidelines, Riverside City College displayed strong communication on the field.

Irvine Valley kept the pressure on but the Tigers showed great conditioning as they kept pace with the Lasers. The Tigers scored the first goal of the game when after a great save by the Lasers goalie, RCC finished the play on a strong rebound goal by Kayla Caywood. RCC goalie Shannon Kendrick followed that up with a great save, one of five.

While the wind played a major factor in the match both teams were able to keep focus in a fast paced battle. Several times the ball was pushed back in bounds or into the arms of the opposing team by strong gusts. With the wind becoming stronger by the minute the contest became extremely physical as players jockeyed for position.

While Irvine Valley started the second half with a more aggressive playing style, RCC seemed to lose some of the swagger they had in the first half. Jalayer told the RCC athletics Web site, “I felt as if we stopped playing in the second half with the confidence we showed in the first half.” This role reversal led to a quick Lasers goal, tying the match.

As the half went on the Tigers seemed to miss several opportunities to breakaway from the Lasers.

The vocal crowd tried to spur the Tigers on in the final minutes of the match, unfortunately Irvine Valley scored a last minute goal to hand RCC its fourth conference loss and ninth overall loss of the season.

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