Kellogg Community College’s women’s soccer team faced stiff competition Saturday in the form of Delta College — one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.
The Bruins played hard at home with a shallow bench, but ultimately fell 8-0 to the Pioneers. Nine Bruins played all 90 minutes of the game, including freshman goalkeeper La’Angel Eubanks (Flint/Carmen-Ainsworth), who had 13 saves.
Head Women’s Soccer Coach Eierí Jordán Salivia said the game was a great learning experience for the Bruins.
From Coach Salivia:
“We really wanted to step in front of Delta today and see where we are in relation to a Top 10 ranked program in the country. Delta (ranked No. 2) treated us with respect and came at us, which is what I wanted to see and what I wanted our Bruins to feel. We are a first-year program and the odds were completely against us. However, we understand that we won’t reach the level we want if we do not push ourselves.
“Our team works quite a bit on developing understanding of the game and how to troubleshoot situations during game play (tactics). This game specifically was a valuable lesson for us. For some time now our ladies have been listening to me explaining the impact of a disconnected attack and how attacking is a form of defense. Today’s game helped us see where our weaknesses are in relation to that premise. The ladies were a bit down coming out of that game because they definitely don’t like losing. It’s a normal reaction to results and one I applaud to them because they are showing they don’t want to accept this as their final fate.
“The season continues and the ladies have vocalized how they plan to change things in our upcoming game this week.”
The Bruins remain at home for a second shot at Muskegon Community College starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. MCC won its first match against KCC 9-0 in August.
It’s the last women’s soccer home game until Wednesday, Oct. 9, so you won’t want to miss it! 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.