Women’s soccer drop to Lassen, tie with Ventura

BC goalie Alondra Villa (25) fights for the possession of the ball while Ventura’s Melissa Aldrete (6) attempted to head the ball in. The Sept. 18 matchup ended in a 2-2 draw.

Alex Rivera, Reporter

Bakersfield College women’s soccer team continues to struggle in their two home game series played on Sept. 17-18. A rested Renegade team returned to play, after a 12-day break in between games versus the Lassen Cougars on Sept. 17.

The Cougars came out strong right from the blow of the whistle. After getting possession of the ball, Maria Sanchez flew by defenders to set up an assist for Emily Benton, who scored within the first two minutes of the match. The frustration on the Renegades began to show, as the Cougars proved that the long layoff in between matches was not going to be an advantage. Cougars were aggressive at the beginning of the match as they scored early and quickly. Within the next 14 minutes Cougars struck again with the same two core key players of the game.

This time it was Benton that provided the assist, as Sanchez scored and allowed the Cougars to be up 2-0 within the first 16 minutes of the game. The ensuing kickoff the Renegades stormed downfield and Victoria Pyle set up standout sophomore Sabrina Spink for the goal in the 19th minute. The Cougars scored one more time from the help of Kiera Morgan to send the Renegades down 3-1 at halftime. The second-half was all Cougars as Morgan scored once more in the 65th minute to seal the victory with a score of 4-1.

The Renegades opened up play the next day on Sept. 18th versus the Ventura Pirates, hoping to bounce back from their devastating loss. The Renegades once again allowed a quick goal with Jennifer Orozco scoring the first goal of the match with a cross by Kat Jordan, allowing the Pirates to jump on the board early in the 24th minute. After taking the early lead, the Pirates gave up a penalty kick setting up Renegade’s Spink to score to tie up the game 1-1 just two minutes later. Danielle Vargas scored the go ahead goal in the 78th minute to give the Renegades the late lead with only 12 minutes remaining.

Ventura’s Katie Medina scored a goal with an assist from Orozco with only one minute remaining in the match, not giving the Renegades enough time to score. The Renegades ended the match in a draw 2-2 falling to a record of (1-2-1). The Renegades are hoping to come off of their losing streak Sep 22 as they take on West Hills College (0-2-0) in Lemoore.