In the dying seconds of the game, Cassandra Saavedra’s header swept past the keeper only to bounce off the post. It was a fitting end to a game where the Lancers had their chances but could not find that elusive finishing touch as they lost to LA Pierce College by the score of 0-1 at Robinson Field on Sept 13.
“It’s a game of inches,” Coach Reggie Rivas said. “We hit the cross bar at the end. Unfortunately [it] went their way this time, not ours.”
The Lancers had their chances, but that elusive piece of luck was not on their side. Other than the header off the post in the last seconds, Saavedra had two shots into the side netting.
In the first half Isabella Montano had an open shot on goal but was not able to keep it down and it cleared over the crossbar.
In the second half Sara Oceguera headed the ball at point-blank range towards Peirce’s goal, but somehow their goalkeeper Jenna Koziol was able to get a hand on it and deflect it out. The rebound fell to Oceguera’s foot, but again Koziol was able to keep it out of the net.
With 15 minutes left in the game, Helena Macintosh was clear running down the edge of the 18-yard box when Pierce’s keeper Koziol came out to intercept. Macintosh chipped it over the keeper’s head, but the ball landed on the top netting.
“I was at a really awkward angle so I tried to chip it back in but obviously it didn’t go in,” Macintosh said.
Pierce’s goal was a simple cross and tap-in at the 65th minute, with Shawnie Moore crossing from the left, to be finished by Melissa Galmez.
After the game Oceguera discussed her chance at an equalizer.
“I was a bit nervous,” she said. “It thought it was really going to go in, but it didn’t. That’s experience that I have to gain.”