Renegades finishes off fourth in WSC at 4-6-4

Jason Reed, Reporter

The Bakersfield College Renegades soccer team has wrapped up its season, finishing fourth in the Western State Conference at 4-6-4 and 8-8-4 overall.

Held back by injuries nearly all season long, BC will miss the postseason for the second straight year.

The Renegades final game of the season was against Glendale College on Nov. 15, ending in a 0-0 tie score.

In the Renegades final home game of the season Nov. 12, they lost to L.A. Valley 2-1. BC took a 1-0 lead over L.A. Valley in the first six minutes.

The goal came when Emily Blakeslee capitalized on an assist by D.J. Vidal.

“It’s just unfortunate,” BC head coach Scott Dameron said when asked about Vidal’s missed opportunity on a corner kick that would have knotted the score at two-all.

“She’s been carrying our attack for weeks, she’s been the one that has had to spend all the energy and create chances to help our team.”

L.A. Valley immediately responded to BC’s goal with two of its own and took a 2-1 lead into the half.

L.A. Valley was also playing for pride and not playoffs, finishing the season behind BC at 3-5-5 in the WSC.

“It’s just what it is,” Dameron answered when asked how he has gone about handling the team injuries and how frustrating it is to be piled with injuries. “That’s what you’re up against,” he said. “We can decide to be sad about it or we can figure out what we can make out of it.”

Even though his team has faced lots of adversity, Dameron said that he was proud of the way this team has worked all season long.

On Nov. 15 the Renegades went on the road to play its final game of the season against Glendale College. BC and Glendale tied 0-0.

“They played well, it was nice, we actually had one more kid who got cleared,” Dameron said speaking of Monica Diaz who suffered a concussion against Antelope Valley College back on Oct. 29 in a 1-0 Renegades win.

“Having her back really helped. She was able to help us cover a lot more ground and be a lot more dangerous.”

College of the Canyons won the WSC with a 12-0-2 record.