Kellogg Community College’s women’s soccer team had a tough couple games this past week leading into a stretch of games on the road, falling to Muskegon Community College 10-0 at home last week and falling 4-0 to Schoolcraft College away on Saturday.
Detailed results from each game are below.
Wednesday, Sept. 18: MCC 10, KCC 0
KCC took another hard loss to MCC last week, this time falling to the Jayhawks 10-0 at home. MCC won its first match against KCC 9-0 in August.
Seven Bruins played all 90 minutes of the game, including freshman goalkeeper La’Angel Eubanks (Flint/Carmen-Ainsworth), who had 13 saves. Freshman forward Brenna Tutt (Portage/Climax-Scotts High School) had four shots on goal.
Head Women’s Soccer Coach Eierí Jordán Salivia said it was one of those games where the results are deceiving, with the Bruins playing impressively for the first half.
From Coach Salivia:
“Losing a soccer game on double digits is not inspiring. For us, that part is frustrating and we don’t plan to repeat it again. On the other hand, the type of game we played during our first half resembles what we are trying to build. Once we are able to sustain it, we will undoubtedly be a leader in our conference. Coming from losing to this team on our first leg, we stepped in decided to bring the game to them. Our mentality is that attacking is a form of defending and we were not going to sit back and just take it.
“Unfortunately, we still lack some vital chemistry and quality of play during our transition to attack. The result of those variables was we couldn’t sustain the form of play we set out for the whole 90 minutes. At least, not while nursing some injuries within the squad. We made it for a while and we are really impressed with the game play of our first half. That game play however, took its tolls on the second half.
“The positive side of things is seeing how we were able to push back at the opposite team, and we were able to get them pretty unfocused. When they focused on being more physical than technical, we knew we struck a nerve. I really wanted our ladies to see that no team is untouchable, and they saw that today. Our goals didn’t come today, but enlightenment did.”
Saturday, Sept. 21: Schoolcraft 4, KCC 0
The Bruins took to the road this weekend to take on Schoolcraft College, ultimately falling 4-0 to the Ocelots on the team’s home turf in Livonia.
Eight Bruins played all 90 minutes of the game, including freshman goalkeeper Cacey Hirleman (Battle Creek/Harper Creek High School), who had 16 saves. Freshman defender Natalie Bicego (Warren/Cousino High School) had four shots on goal.
From Coach Salivia:
“Tough loss yesterday against the Ocelots. In my mind, I believe it’s a game we could have won but our attacking game and the chemistry we have been developing did not made an appearance yesterday. Things like this happen and we have to breathe deep and analyze what happened in order to move forward successfully. We still have another game against the Ocelots when they come to Battle Creek on Oct. 9 and I expect the story to be different.
“Our team had positive activity through the connections Natalie Bicego made across the field, now we just have to spread the positives throughout the team for the next games. Schoolcraft College was very kind to broadcast our game through their sport network, SCSN, and the game can be seen on demand.“
The Bruins continue a stretch of away games leading into October this week with a second shot at Delta College starting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in University Center. Delta won its first match against KCC 8-0 earlier this month.
KCC’s next home starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, with a second chance to take on Schoolcraft, this time on campus in Battle Creek. Admission to the game, as with all KCC home games, is free.
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For more information about KCC’s women’s soccer team, including a full team roster, schedule and links to official team and player photos available for download by fans and the press, visit www.kellogg.edu/soccer.
Coach Salivia can be reached at 269-565-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.