A loss is a loss. Back-to-back losses are a concern.
The SMC men’s soccer team suffered their second straight loss yesterday, falling to the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros.
According to head coach Tim Pierce, defense has been an issue for his team lately. They have given up a total of 7 goals in the last two games.
“Our defending on set pieces is not good right now. We’re scoring enough goals to win soccer games, we’re just letting up too many.”
SBCC scored their first two goals only 11 minutes into the first half. At halftime, the Corsairs were down 3-1.
SMC came out of the locker room determined to get back in the game. Pierce said he felt his team was still in it, and came out in an attacking formation in hopes score quickly.
Instead, SBCC was able to score before the Corsairs, making the score 4-1. “That kind of took the wind out of our sail,” Pierce said.
Although the outcome was pretty much decided, SMC played better during the second 45 minutes. Pierce stated that he felt his team outplayed SBCC, but was disappointed that they didn’t win the half.
Team captain Christian Marcial points to another reason for the team’s loss on Tuesday.
“We didn’t play with enough passion. We weren’t being physical. We weren’t winning balls in the air. We were just waiting until the opponent made their move,” Marcial said.
To make matters worse, the Corsairs lost another goalkeeper to injury Tuesday with Danny Medina straining his MCL during warm-ups. Medina was unable to play the entire game and was replaced by Josef Somera at the start of the second half.
SMC hopes to get back to their winning ways this Friday, October 5th against Citrus College at 2pm. Their record is 6-2-2, putting them at third in the conference.