Lassen Community College soccer comes out of the gate hot
The Lassen Community College men’s soccer team poses together at the beach during its trip to Salinas, Calif. to play Hartnell College in its first match of the season. Lassen won the game, 2-1, against Harnell, a team that was ranked 20th in the nation in pre-season rankings. Photos submitted
Aug. 29 — The men’s and women’s soccer teams of Lassen Community College traveled to play their first matches of the season Tuesday, Aug. 27 and proved they are a force to be reckoned with. The Cougars beat their opponent, Hartnell College, and the Lady Cougars tied with San Joaquin Delta.
The Cougars traveled to Salinas, Calif. to take on the Hartnell College Panthers, a team that made it to last year’s playoffs and ranked number 20 in the nation in pre-season rankings. Lassen beat the Cougars, 2-1, in a game head coach Ben Wade described as “back and forth.”
It was an eight-hour trip to get there, so the team didn’t hesitate when they had the opportunity to stretch and work out their muscles on the beach before the game. Apparently the beach workout was a good idea, as the Cougars, who were not ranked in pre-season, fought hard and claimed a victory over the Panthers.
“To go on the road and beat the 20th team in the nation for the first game of the season is a great thing to do,” Wade said, “I felt like we played a little shaky in the first half … in the second half our defense was much more organized.”
England natives Loong Ly and Krish Patel teamed up to allow Ly to score a goal, giving Lassen a 1-0 lead going into halftime. Dani Gonzalez, of Red Bluff, scored the second goal, with another assist from Patel, who Wade described as the “leader in the mid-field.” According to Wade, Josh Jirbandey “anchored the defense” for the Cougars. Another notable performance came from Oliver Rosa, the goalkeeper from France, who saved eight shots during the game.
Approximately 140 miles away, the Lady Cougars were also playing fiercely against the San Joaquin Delta Lady Mustangs, a team that beat Lassen, 8-1, last year.
According to Wade, the first 20 minutes of the game were tough for the Lady Cougars, who received an onslaught of aggressive offense from the Lady Mustangs. Luckily for Lassen, Barbara Lazarini was tending the goal. “She just had an outstanding game … she saved like 15 shots,” Wade said.
Then, the Lady Cougars made a comeback and began playing with an intensity to match their opponent.
“The team had to really just believe in themselves,” Wade said, “the girls stepped up to the plate.”
According to Wade, Julie “Brazil” Matos made a kick from about 35 yards out to score Lassen’s goal, tying the game.
On Wednesday, Aug. 28 the men’s team traveled to Monterey to take on Monterey Peninsula College. The Cougars came back from being down, 1-0, to win the match, 3-1. Jirbandey, Cozza Cosgrave and Soeren Gelbrecht each scored a goal for Lassen.
The Lady Cougar’s next match is tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Marin College. The men’s team plays Friday, Sept. 6 at Mt. San Antonio College.