Grossmont College defeated the Palomar Comets women’s soccer team 0-1 on Oct. 1.
Grossmont’s Summer Willey scored the deciding goal minutes before time expired. The Comets are now 2-5-2 and are working to come out of a slump.
Head Coach Hector Hernandez could not rally his team together at halftime when the game was tied 0-0. His advice for the second period was, “Finish the opportunities,” and, “Take it, pass it, switch it.”
Hernandez said, “I think we are a lot better than our record says. We are out here working hard everyday… We have to work hard to keep improving.”
One Palomar player agreed.
“We definitely haven’t been getting the results that we should,” Ciara Gutierrez, a Comets defender said. “Once we get over the hump I feel we will do a lot better.”
The Comets controlled the ball through much of the game but collapsed near the end of the match.
“We need to get on the same page at the end of the game… A lot of our moving is individualistic so as soon as we start playing like a team we will start getting results as a team,” said Gutierrez.
The Comets could not capitalize while the ball stayed on Grossmont’s side most of the game. Missed opportunities, wide shots and good Grossmont defense made objectives unfinished. “It’s just as simple as putting away the opportunities and playing good strong defense,” Hernandez said.
The team members look forward to their next match against Southwestern College. “They are a good team, you know they come right at you from the beginning… Our main focus is to stay in the game,” Coach Hernandez added.
The importance of a win against Southwestern College during the last game of the home stand is even more important after today’s loss.
“It’s real important for us, we have yet to win at home,” Gutierrez said.