By Matthew Gomez
The City College women’s soccer team lost to the College of the Sequoias Giants 2-0 on Sept. 16 at Crocker Amazon Park.
The Giants controlled the ball for most of the game as the Rams struggled to find an offensive rhythm. While Sequoia had a tough time with the Rams’ defense, two shots broke past goalkeeper Cynthia Osorio. Lack of possession and offense contributed to the Rams’ loss.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Coach Gabe Saucedo said. “We’ve been able to stay competitive in every single game that we’ve played so far this season.”
The Rams, who were missing starting forwards Christina Barreto and Chloe Gonzalez as well as midfielder Zuri Becerril, were on the defensive throughout the first half.
“You definitely can see the impact the injuries have had on the team,” Saucedo said. “Team chemistry is not the same on the field. We’re struggling offensively.”
Lack of communication between players on the field also hurt the Rams.
“I think it just starts a chain when you start talking,” sweeper Malorie Swanson said. “It makes people more aware of what’s going on.”
The Sequoia offense broke the scoreless tie with their first goal coming from Stella Chavez 35 minutes into the game. Osorio deflected a shot, which rolled to the top of the 18-yard box and Chavez was in perfect position to float the ball over Osorio’s outstretched hands.
Sequoia’s second goal was a result of bad Rams communication. As the Rams’ defense tried to clear the ball at the top of their 18-yard box, unguarded Sequoia attacker Nia Valero gained control of the ball. She dribbled forward and shot past Osorio.
For the Rams to turn things around, the team needs more talk, according to Saucedo. At the moment, the Rams are just looking to get healthy.
“We’re definitely missing our starters,” Saucedo said.