Short-handed BC falls to Canyons

Jason Reed, Reporter

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Bakersfield College soccer team will be looking for a big push to try and make it to the postseason.

With so many injuries on the team this late into the season, it won’t be easy to overcome.

After being 6-2 in its first eight games of the season, BC is now 2-3-3 sitting in fourth place in the Western State Conference after a 4-0 lopsided defeat by College of the Canyons on Nov. 1.

“Today was a difficult game for us,” BC coach Scott Dameron said when was asked how the team got down early allowing back-to-back goals midway through the first half of the game.

“We were playing two players short, so we were shorthanded the whole day and so that’s just going to always leave people open.”

Though his team suffered its largest margin of defeat, Dameron still didn’t hesitate to salute his team on the effort it gave against the Cougars.

“I actually give them a lot of credit because I thought they defended well.”

Jennifer Mendez of Canyons got her team on board first with a chip shot and was followed up by Stacy Atwater who had two goals in the game and helped her team improve to 12-1-4 and 8-0-2 in the WSC.

“We had to change our formation because we were down two players so you just can’t play the way you normally; that was the challenge today so we kind of had to sit in a little bit and pick and choose our chances.

We had a few chances to score but it was difficult because we couldn’t go ahead with number,” Dameron said when asked about going into the game shorthanded.

With the loss Santa Monica College jumped BC in the WSC after beating West L.A. College 11-0 on Nov. 1.

BC will have another huge task when they go on the road Nov. 5 and play second place Citrus College (7-1-2).

“We just got to stay healthy,” Dameron answered when asked about the adjustments going into the game against the Owls. “We just got to get everybody repaired and recovered and ready to go again.”

The Renegades play Santa Monica on the road Nov. 8, and then return home for a Nov. 12 game against LA Valley.