Rams push winning streak to nine games

By Sam Diaz
The Guardsman

The Rams extended their winning streak to eight games in a row when they defeated Foothill College and take a one-game lead in the Coast Conference North Division. 

City College’s leading scorer Tera Piserchio and Crystal Zeledon each scored a goal a piece when the Rams got out to a first half lead and never looked back, winning 2-1.

Possession was a big factor in the game for the Rams (11-1, 8-0).

“I thought we did great today possessing the ball in the first half,” said head coach Gabe Saucedo. “We had a little trouble in the second half but we scored a couple goals against a  good team.”

Along with ball control, City College also put pressure on the Owls’ defense that caused three first half corner kicks, one leading to a goal by forward Crystal Zeledon. It was her second goal of the season.

Kiera O’Shea, a freshman forward from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, created several opportunities for the Rams like her shot that ricocheted off the left post in the final minutes in the first half. Nevertheless, the Rams went into halftime with the lead.

In the second half, Foothill came out aggressively but after a stolen pass at midfield from forward Stephanie Barragan,  she passed into the box for Tera Piserchio who striked a left shot into the back of the net to increase the lead by two.

Foothill offense failed to overcome City College’s defense, who only allowed a total of three shots on frame and allowed very little possession inside the box but was able get one past the Rams’ goal in the 74th minute to cut the lead in half.

During the last eight games, the Rams have only allowed three opposing goals.

Even though the team has been successful on the soccer field, Saucedo said he still feels like his team can improve on certain areas.

“We need to get better on communication and it’s something were really trying to work on,”  Saucedo said.

The Rams swept Evergreen Valley on the road last Friday, 3-0, increasing their winning streak to nine games and faced De Anza College yesterday but specifics were not released in time for publication.

City College will face Fresno City College Friday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. who they lost to in the second round of the playoffs just one year ago.