Kellogg Community College’s women’s soccer team faced tough competition in the form of No. 1 ranked Delta College in the Bruins’ latest home game Saturday, with KCC falling 7-0 in the afternoon contest.
Delta is currently ranked first in the Bruins’ Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference and first in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region III.
Head Women’s Soccer Coach Levi Butcher said it was a long day against a great team, “but our ladies kept putting in effort despite being overmatched.”
“Delta carried play the whole way, and we had to defend hard and look for our opportunities on the counterattack,” Butcher said. “We had a good look early, as well as a couple in the second half that could have closed the gap. Delta’s goalkeeper did a good job to snuff out the danger.”
The Pioneers took a whopping 41 shots to the Bruins’ four, giving freshman goalkeeper Maya Ruelas (Kalamazoo/Home School) another big game with 24 saves.
“Giving up five goals in the first half is never ideal, but we saw our squad learn from some mistakes and tighten things up in the second frame,” Butcher said. “I was proud of the adjustments we made and the fact that our heads stayed up given the difficult task that was in front of us.”
The day’s results bring the Bruins’ conference record to 0-3-1 and overall record to 0-4-1.
The Bruins return to the road for the team’s next game, which begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, against Ancilla College in Indiana. The team’s next home game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, against Jackson College on the soccer field by the Miller Gym on campus in Battle Creek.
Admission to all KCC home games is free.