Glendora, CA (Women’s Soccer) -- With the programs first playoff appearance starting to rear its head on the horizon, the Citrus College Women’s Soccer team had one of the programs’ biggest contests in its history on Friday afternoon when the Lady Owls played host to SoCal #2 LA Pierce College. Needing a result, they got just that as they got a 1-1 tie against the powerful Brahma’s, which at this point in the season is as good as a win.
While the box score ultimately favored the Brahma’s on Friday, Citrus fought Pierce tooth and nail. Pierce outshot Citrus 22-8, but the Lady Owls had their opportunities. Pierce would strike first in the contest when Mora Perez notched her second goal of the year.
Perez recorded the goal when sophomore goal keeper got pulled out of the box late when the Citrus defense fell behind looking for an offsides call on the Brahma’s. With the Citrus defense chasing and Guzman coming out of the goal, Guzman and defender Alexandra Vitiello collided at the top of the box, and the ball squirted between them leaving no one to stop Perez’s ball from trickling into the back of the net in the 37th minute.
Citrus would get their revenge in the 57th minute when freshman Jasmine Williams drew a penalty kick after getting the ball deep in the Pierce goal box. Sophomore Megan Pearce calmly stepped up to take the shot and buried it in the right side of the net past the outstretched arms of Pierce goal keeper Marissa Graska.
With the game tied up at one goal a piece, Citrus hunkered down and the defense proved stout against the Pierce attack. After giving up the goal in the first half, Guzman was lights out in the second with five of her six saves coming in the final 45 minutes. When the final whistle blew, the Lady Owls had secured another result that could propel them to their first every playoff berth in a few weeks.
Though, Citrus is creeping closer to that elusive playoff spot, they aren’t out of the woods yet. Citrus will have yet another big week next week when they host Canyons on Tuesday and travel to Bakersfield on Friday. If Citrus can escape unscathed their resume will be that much stronger, and the Lady Owls will control their own destiny.
With Friday’s tie, Citrus record moves to 9-3-5 on the year and 5-2-3 in WSC South play, while Pierce’s record moves to 15-0-2 and 9-0-1. The Lady Owls will be back at home on Tuesday when they play host to Canyons College. Kick-off is set for 4:00 PM.