With a remarkable returning class, Taft College Men`s Soccer program is looking to carry on in the same fashion. With experience under the belt, the coaches are looking to bring in freshmen from Kern County to compliment their talents.
Taft College Men’s Soccer program has built a rich tradition of success under the helm of Coach Cutrona. Taft has won 1 State Championship, been to the State Finals 5 times, ranked top 10 in the nation 6 times, once finishing as high as #2.
Several soccer players have continued on to universities such as University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of California, Irvine; California State University, Los Angeles; University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, San Bernardino; California State University, Sacramento and California State University, Bakersfield. The coaching staff efforts are aimed toward those athletes who wish to continue both their athletic and academic careers at the university level. The men's soccer program is designed for those student athletes who believe that hard work and dedication is a means to success.
Taft College Sports Round Up
Taft Midway Driller
September 12, 2016
Taft College’s fall sports teams are gearing up for Central Valley Conference action as the non-league grind winds down.
Soccer and volleyball teams have home skirmishes this week. The schedule looks like this:
The Cougar men (3-1-0) and ranked No. 5 in last week’s state rankings, will enjoy the comforts of home when they take on Long Beach City College (0-4-1) today at 4 and Moorpark College (0-2-2) on Friday at 2 p.m. Both are non-conference matches.
The Cougar women will hit the practice field until Friday when they join the men with a noon match against Long Beach City College, the first of four consecutive home outings.
The men’s team defeated No. 14 Los Angeles Mission last Friday in Sylmar.
Christian Garcia, a freshman forward from Ridgeview High in Bakersfield, scored two unassisted goals to spark the win. The first came in the 28th minute and the second in the 75th minute to seal the victory.
Cougar goalkeeper Ricky Montoy stopped all three Mission shots on goal.
TC took six shots on goal – three in each half.
Both Cougar Soccer Teams Lose at Santa Barbara
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 8, 2016
SANTA BARBARA – Santa Barbara College proved to be a very stingy host when both Taft College soccer teams left the heat of the San Joaquin Valley Tuesday for the refreshing coolness of the Central Coast.
The Vaqueros completely stifled the Cougars, shutting out both teams.
The women played first and it wasn’t pretty: SBCC 6, Taft 0.Chloe Montano and Josefine Van Der Burg combined for four second half goals to make the match a runaway after the Vaqueros scored two goals in the first half.
The Vaqueros (2-1) out-shot the Cougars 16-0 in the first half and 25-3 overall with 15 shots on goal. Cougar goalkeeper was busy in the net, managing nine saves.
TC (0-2-1) will look for its first win today with a trip to Palm Desert where they will take on College of the Desert.
Men lose 1-0
The Cougar men, who went into the week ranked No. 10 in the nation, lost their first match of the season on a penalty kick by freshman Kevin Kwizera, who was knocked down in the box at the 29:38 mark and drilled a left-footed PK into the upper left for his second game-winning goal of the season.
The Vaqueros out-shot the Cougars 9-5 in the first half then played solid defense in the second half, holding TC to four shots while taking only two.
The men’s team also is on the road today, playing Los Angeles Mission in Sylmar.
On Tuesday they will host Long Beach City College at 4 p.m. on the Taft High field at Tenth and San Emidio. The Cougars have developed a rivalry with the Vikings, who are one of the powerhouses in Southern California.
Cougar Soccer Teams Split Season Openers
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
August 26, 2016
Taft College got its soccer season rolling at home last weekend with mixed results.
On Friday the Cougar men needed a second half comeback to defeat Allan Hancock College 3-2 while the women dropped a frustrating 2-0 decision to College of the Canyons on Saturday.
Both teams will try to improve this week but they’ll have to do it on the road Tuesday at El Camino College in Torrance. The women’s match will start things off at 2 p.m. with the men taking the filed two hours later.
Hancock started fast, scoring an unassisted goal by Miguel Gomez five minutes in.
It stayed that way until the 31st minute when Cougar sophomores Miguel Cortez (Arvin High) and Luis Martinez (Porterville) hooked up to tie the score.
Hancock’s Gomez sent a pass to Jorge Guzman in the 42nd minute to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at the break.
The Cougars tied it again in the 57th minute when freshman forward Christian Garcia (Ridgeview) sent a pass that Jesus Vidal put into the back of the net.
Gonzalo Rolon (Bakersfield High) scored the game winner in the 69th minute on an unassisted goal.
The season opener for the women’s team was a frustrating heartbreaker.
Neither team actually scored an offensive goal but Canyons took advantage of not one but two own-goals, indeed a rarity in soccer.
TC will try to get its offense in gear at El Camino
Cougar Soccer Looks to Improve off of Last Year
by Matt Henry
Taft Midway Driller
August 25, 2016
The last time the Taft College men’s soccer team last left the field, it was in a heartbreaking playoff loss. A majority of players will look to avenge that moment this season as they kick off a new season today against Allan Hancock College.
“We’re good,” said Taft College coach Angelo Cutrona. “We have a large returning class. We have some players with experience and know how that can lead the team.”
All totaled there are 20 players on the team this season with 12 or 13 of the being sophomores.
Last year Taft College went 13-6-2 overall and 4-2 in the Central Valley Conference. The Cougars opened the playoffs Feather River College in first round of the No Call Regionals.
“It left a sour taste in our mouths,” said Cutrona.
Despite the success, there were some things that tripped up the Cougars according to Cutrona.
“There were a few too many obstacles,” he said. “Those little things caught up to us last year. We’re more prepared, more experienced.”
One of the goals this season is to get off to a good start.
While majority if the players are sophomores, Cutrona likes how the freshman and sophomores are blending together.
“I like our team chemistry, seems like a great group of guys,” he said.
As a result of the experience, there is a larger expectation this year especially in a program that has been to the Final Four five out of the last ten years.
“We expect more from them this year,” said Cutrona. “It’s just getting our feet wet.”
Even though the Cougars have a veteran team, there are some things Cutrona is concerned about going into this season.
“Not knowing what to expect,” he said. “Now they just have to get game match experience. How they respond to the physicality and adversity within the matches.”
The Cougars will have an addition to their conference this year in Cerro Coso from Ridgecrest.
“I think our conference is getting more difficult,” said Cutrona. “I think we’ll be even more competitive than we’ve been.”
However, Cutrona expects a battle between Fresno, West Hills, and Taft College.
“You expect the three of us will butt heads and challenge for first place,” he said.
Game time for the Cougars opening match today is 4 p.m.