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Posted Sep 14, 2012, 11:34 pm
Kathy Fisher scored her fifth goal of the season but the Pima Community College women's soccer team fell to Phoenix College at home 2-1 on Thursday afternoon in a performance that the team and coaches admit was uninspired.
It started well. Fisher's goal came forty seconds after the opening whistle blew. Fisher slipped behind the defense and it appeared that Phoenix 'keeper Cecilia Duarte easily caught the point blank shot. However, she dropped the ball and it bounced past the goal line.
Shortly after the restart, midfielder Robyn Tolin crashed the box in an attempt to take advantage of the seemingly unsteady Duarte. It was a moment of aggressiveness on the part of the Aztecs that did not get repeated often enough to earn the win.
In fact, it didn't take long to lose their lead. Stephanie Cabrera, Phoenix College's leading scorer, tallied her ninth goal of the season in the third minute. Freshman Alexandra Hastings gave her team the lead in the 26th minute.
The second half ended with neither team able to add to the score, and the game ended with Pima College's first home defeat of the season.
Pima College's women's team is off until next Thursday when they travel to Mesa to play against Mesa Community College.
The Aztecs started the season strong: four wins including a 10-1 drubbing of South Mountain. But this week has featured two losses. Two games isn't a trend or an indication that the wheels are coming off, but it doesn't mean that coach Kendra Veliz likes what she sees.
"We need to work harder and be more aggressive," she said after the game.
"We haven't been playing our game. This is some other team I don't even know," said midfielder Robyn Tolin.
"The simple thing is that we have to want it more," said Tolin, echoing the concerns of her coach.
"I think we made her look better than she is," said Tolin of Phoenix goalkeeper Duarte. "We could have tested her more."
There were still some bright spots. Pima outshot Phoenix 18-4, despite not taking advantage of some obvious opportunities. The team's sniper, Camie Barbera, was limited to three shots after being double teamed for most of the game, but Tolin and Kathy Fisher were able to take up the slack with four shots a piece.