The No. 1 SRJC women’s soccer team continued its undefeated season and is moving on to the second round of the CCCAA NorCal playoffs after a 1-0 win on Saturday against No. 16 Ohlone College of Fremont.
“Our goal this season is to make it to the Final Four of the playoffs,” SRJC coach Crystal Howard said. “We knew we only had to win 1-0 and we made it happen. These girls know how to win.”
The Bear Cubs (18-0-4) will host the winner of a late game Saturday night between No. 9 Sierra College from Rocklin and No. 8 Evergreen College from San Jose.
SRJC’s goal came in the 45th minute on a penalty kick by forward Amanda Galbraith that was placed top shelf past Ohlone (10-6-3) goalkeeper Cristal Villalvazo (8 saves).
Bear Cubs goalie Ali Miller registered a clean sheet (9 saves) in her first playoffs appearance.
“It was a pretty even game,” Howard said. “Ohlone played with five defenders. Each time we tried to attack they had four or five players behind the ball.”
SRJC MEN 5, MENDOCINO 1
The No. 4 Bear Cubs men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the CCCAA NorCal playoffs after a win on Saturday against the No. 13 Eagles that wasn’t picturesque but did the job nonetheless.
“We had way too many unforced errors. It wasn’t our best effort. Mendocino (12-6-4) played better than us, especially in the first half,” SRJC coach Marty Kinahan said.
The Bear Cubs (16-2-2) host No. 5 Tahoe Community College at SRJC on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in a second-round game. Tahoe knocked visiting SRJC out in the first round of the playoffs last year in a very physical game.
“If we play like we did today against Tahoe, our season will be over on Wednesday, no question,” Kinahan. “Our kids are looking forward to playing Tahoe again and playing at our place.”
With Saturday’s game 1-1 at half, SRJC scored three goals within a five-minute span early in the second half to take a 4-1 lead and ice the game. The three goals came via a far-post strike by Chris Ochoa, a one-timer by Darian Huerta, and a Mendocino own goal off a goalie miscue.