Taft College Cougars Women Soccer


The Taft College women’s soccer program began its inaugural season in 2006. Over the past years the program has earned recognition competing against some of the top teams in the northern region and the state. Taft College has provided a soccer home for those young athletes who aspire to grow and become competitors at the collegiate level. The program is designed to enhance our athletes mental, physical, and technical skill through a sport-specific conditioning program, weight training, and intense practices throughout the pre-season, season, and post-season. The aim is not only to have a successful season, but to assist athletes in their pursuit of competing beyond the community college level.

The staff is comprised of coaches who care for the development of their athletes on and off the field. They put a strong emphasis toward education and believe that the student comes before the athlete. In conjunction with the athletic department and athletic advisor, the coaches work toward ensuring their athletes are ready to transfer academically to a four-year institution.

We would like to invite any and all student-athletes who seek a program that is dedicated to the success of its participants. We will do our best to make your experience here at Taft College one that you will not forget nor regret. Come out and become a part of an exciting team and family!!!

Cougar Women Upset No.3 in Soccer Playoffs
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
November 22, 2014

SANTA ROSA – The Taft College women’s soccer team has done it again.
Just like last year the Cougars pulled off a major upset in the first round of the northern California playoffs.

This time it was the No. 14 Cougars knocking off No. 3 Santa Rosa JC on the Bear Cats home field last Saturday afternoon.

Freshman midfielder Arielle Stoyanow got the only goal of the match midway through the first of two overtime periods – driving home a rebound shot when sophomore forward Cristina Salazar’s shot hit the post and came off hard.

“Our girls always are ready for the playoffs,” said coach Myisha Cutrona.  “We just outplayed them.  Even their athletic director said that.”

The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation play, and that sent them into two overtime periods.

“I thought we dominated possession but we just couldn’t finish,” she said.  “We played very well.  I thought our passing was superb.”

Cutrona cited the work of co-captain Sierra Sagasta, a freshman defender from Bakersfield High.

“She really took charge,” she said, also singling out the efforts of Alexia Gonzalez and Rebecca Vazquez.

What Cutrona like best was overall team chemistry.

“Everybody did their job,” she said.

Cougar goalkeeper Hannah Tovar had six saves to preserve the shutout.

“It was nice to come away with a win against a top team like Santa Rosa,” Cutrona said.

Last year the Cougars went into the playoffs seeded No. 10 and defeated No. 7 and then No. 2 before falling to No. 1 in the NorCal finals.  A win there would have sent them into the state championships.

The win improved TC’s record to 13-7-1.  Santa Rosa finished the season 13-6-2.

Cougar Women Get Familiar Foe in Playoffs
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
November 14, 2014

Taft College lost its final Central Valley Conference women’s soccer to Fresno last Friday but made the playoffs.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is the Cougars will have to play No. 1 and undefeated Fresno again.

The Cougars are 16th in the northern California women’s soccer power rankings.

“We will play Fresno again on Saturday,” said Cougar coach Myisha Cutrona.  Start time had not been determined by deadline.

Despite having the play No. 1 again on the Rams home turf, she thinks her team is in a good spot to pull off an upset.

“I think we can beat them if we secure the back and have a good game from our goalkeeper,” she said.  “I thought we played well on Friday despite the score.”

The Cougars lost 6-1 to a team that is one of the best scoring teams in the state.  The Rams have scored five or more goals nine times and beat the third place conference team (West Hills-Lemoore) twice by scores of 10-0 and 12-0.

The Cougars lost to Fresno 2-0 when the teams played in Taft in the first round of CVC play.

“I actually thought we played better on Friday except for the mistakes we made in the back that they took advantage of.  I think we can work out those issues before Saturday and hopefully give them a better game.”

Defending CVC champion Fresno finished there regular season at 19-0-2.  Ironically, the Rams record is identical to the Taft College men’s team, which is No. 1 in the men’s power rankings.

On the women’s side Fresno also is tops in the state in power rankings.

The Cougar women finished the season 12-7-2 overall and 4-2 for second place in the CVC.

“I’m excited we are getting another shot at them,” Cutrona said.
In Friday’s regular season finale, the high scoring Rams put the match away early with four goals in the first half – the first two coming in the 34th and 36th minutes with the last two coming late (42nd and 45th).

Before those two quick goals the Cougars were playing well, Cutrona said, but again those mistakes and subpar goalkeeping hampered the effort.

Salina Chacon and Alexia Gonzalez combined to score the lone Cougar goal five minutes into the second half before the Rams polished it off with goals in the 83rd and 87th minutes.

Rianna Chavez had a hat trick to lead the Rams, who scored five goals or more nine times this season.  Chavez is the sixth highest scorer in the state with 21 goals.

TC’s Celia Rangel scored 20 goals (9th in state) and added 12 assists to finish fifth in total points.

Goal-happy Cerritos College, the top seed in the south, led the state in scoring with 121 goals and gave up just three.

Chacon's Hat Trick Fuels Cougar Shut-out Over West Hills
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
November 11, 2014

Sophomore midfielder Selina Chacon had a hat trick in the first half to help power the Taft College women’s soccer team to a 6-0 whitewash of visiting West Hills-Lemoore on the home field Tuesday afternoon.

The Cougars solidified their hold on second place in the Central Valley Conference with a 4-1 record heading into today’s regular season finale in Fresno against the undefeated Rams (5-0 CVC, 18-0-2 overall), who defeated the Cougars 2-0 when they played in Taft on Oct. 28.

Besides Chacon’s hat trick, Arielle Stoyanow scored two goals, Alexia Gonzalez had a goal and two assists, Ariel Monzano had two assists and Celia Rangel one.

The Cougars put the match out of reach early.

Chacon scored in the ninth minute off an assist from Gonzalez to open the scoring.

Five minutes later Stoyanow, who was converted from goalkeeper to midfielder midway through the season because of injuries, scored the first of her two goals after taking a pass from Manzano.

Chacon added her second and third goals in the 21st and 28th minutes on assists from Manzano and Gonzalez to give the Cougars an insurmountable 4-0 lead with 17 minutes still left in the first half.

Head coach Myisha Cutrona cleared her bench as the team put the emphasis on defense the rest of the way, but still managed to create scoring opportunities.

West Hills goalkeeper Nichelle Solorzano may have been the busiest player on the field. 

She had to defend 22 legitimate shots on goal from the Cougars.  Six found their mark but she managed to defend the other 16.

By contrast, her counterpart – former Taft High standout Hannah Tovar – had a much easier day, deflecting the Eagles’ only shot on goal.

The regular season ends today and playoff seeds will be announced Saturday.

The Cougars ranked 13th in the northern California power rankings that play a major role in playoff seeding.  Sixteen teams will make it to the NorCal playoffs.

Last year the Cougars pulled off two upsets, including the No. 2 seed, before being knocked out of the playoffs.

CVC Standings:
Fresno 5-0 (18-0-2)
Taft 4-1 (12-6-1)
W. Hills 1-4 (7-9-3
COS 0-5 (4-11-1)

Cougar Women Blank Sequoias in Soccer
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
November 7, 2014

VISALIA – Celia Rangel scored the first two goals as Taft College snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 shutout over College of the Sequoias here Friday.

“The girls played well,” said head coach Myisha Cutrona.  “We changed up our lineup so we could spread out the scoring a little more.  Our goal is to have every player with a goal.  We still have one player who hasn’t scored.”

The win kept the Cougars in second place in the Central Valley Conference with a 3-1 record (11-6-1) overall behind undefeated front-runner Fresno (4-0, 17-0-2), a team the Cougars play Nov. 14 in the final regular season match.

“We’re trying to make it to the playoffs,” Cutrona said.

Her team will host West Hills (1-3, 7-8-3) Friday at 1 p.m. on the Taft High soccer field at Tenth and San Emidio streets.

In the win over Sequoias, Rangel took a pass from Rebecca Vazquez to score the ice-breaker in the 13th minute. 

With four minutes left in the first half she scored again on an assist from Emily Galland.

The Cougars owned the second half.

Three minutes in Alexia Gonzalez scored off an assist from Arielle Stoyanow, who got the final goal of the match in the 59th minute on a pass from Selina Chacon,
Four minutes earlier Chacon took a pass from Gonzalez to make it 4-0.

 “The score could have been eight, nine or ten to nothing,” Cutrona said  “We had chances we didn’t take advantage of.”

Goalkeeper Hanah Tovar had two saves.

In the state power rankings the Cougars are 14th in northern California.  Sixteen teams are seeded in the playoffs.

Women Lose to Santa Barbara
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
October 21, 2014

The No.10 ranked Cougar women’s team had another rough outing Tuesday with SoCal powerhouse Santa Barbara City College, losing 3-0 on the coast.

The Vaqueros outmuscled the Cougars for the second time this season.  In early September they beat the Cougars in Taft, 4-1.

“They just have our number,” said head coach Myisha Cutrona.  “Their big girls just push us around and we can’t seem to do anything about it.”

SBCC has several international players on the roster.

The Vaqueros are unbeaten in their last eight outings (5-0-3) after starting 2-3-1.  They are tied for second in the Western State North Division.

The numbers tell the tale.

Shots: SBCC 28, Taft 5
Shots on goal: SBCC 14, Taft 1
Corner kicks: SBCC 10, Taft 0
Saves: SBCC 1, Taft 9

All of the Cougar saves were by Hannah Tovar.

The Cougars have today off and will host undefeated Fresno City College next Tuesday in a Central Valley Conference crucial.  The Rams are No. 2 in the state and No. 1 in northern California in the sports information directors poll.  TC is 10th and 4th.  The poll came out on Sept. 30.  Since then Fresno has played six matches and Taft five.

Salazar's Alertness Sparks TC Women's Soccer Win
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
October 17, 2014

LEMOORE – Cristina Salazar is one of the reasons the Taft College women’s soccer team is doing so well.

She proved it Friday when her alert play broke a 1-1 tie with 15 minutes left in the Cougars’ Central Valley Conference match with West Hills-Lemoore.

“We were tied in the 75th minute when the West Hills goalie stopped the ball with her feet,” said head coach Myisha Cutrona.  “She just held the ball under her foot to stall because they were playing for a tie.

“Then she slowly reached down to pick up the ball.  That’s when Cristina came over and kicked the ball between her legs and into the goal.  She just poked it through.  No one else could have done that, but Cristina has that kind of soccer sense.”

That goofy goal stunned the Golden Eagles.

A minute later freshman Arielle Stoyanow, who switched from goalkeeper to midfielder three weeks ago, put an exclamation point on the win with a goal that made the final score 3-1.

Salazar, a sophomore from Bakersfield High, had the assist.

Stoyanow opened the scoring with a goal in the fourth minute, taking a pass from Celia Rangel.

West Hills came back to tie it at halftime, but Cutrona said the Cougars should had the lead by then.

“The first 20 minutes we played great soccer,” she said.  “We had five opportunities but we just couldn’t put it away.”

West Hills got a tying goal at the 30-minute mark.

“In the second half we started off pretty slow,” Cutrona said.  “It took us 30 minutes to get our rhythm down.”

The Cougars’ uneven play hampered the effort.

“We made it a lot harder than it should have been,” she said.

Cougar goalkeeper Hannah Tovar had one save in the first half and three in the second.

The win puts the Cougars in the lead in the CVC with a 2-0 record but undefeated and high scoring defending champion Fresno (12-0-2) will be in town next Tuesday.

To get ready for that showdown match, the Cougars are on the Central Coast today for a match with Western State Conference power Santa Barbara City College.

Next Tuesday’s CVC crucial with Fresno starts at 1 p.m.

TC Women Shut Out College of the Sequoias
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
October 10, 2014

Cristina Salazar, a freshman from Bakersfield High, scored a hat trick to lead the Cougar women to a 6-0 win over College of the Sequoias Friday in the Central Valley Conference opener for both schools.

The Cougars put together a first-half flurry of goals and then sat back and worked on their defense.

Arielle Stoyanow, Rebecca Vazquez and Aeiel Manzano had the other Cougar goals.

The win improves the Cougars to 9-3-1 overall.

TC’s next outing will be Friday when the Cougars travel to Lemoore to take on West Hills (6-5-2) in another CVC game.

Cougar Women Out Muscled by Powerhouse Chaffey
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 24, 2014

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The Taft College women’s soccer team got a lesson in physical play here Tuesday afternoon and didn’t like it at all.

A veteran Panther team pushed the more inexperienced Cougars around and kicked sand in their faces with a 5-1 non-conference win.

“We kind of got bullied,” said head coach Myisha Cutrona, whose young team saw their record dip to 6-2-1 heading into Saturday’s 1 p.m. home match against Lassen (1-5-1).

“Their physical play is what beat us,” she said.  “It wasn’t the soccer.  They just out-bullied us.  They set the tone early.  It was a rough game from the start and we couldn’t handle it.  Some of our girls folded.”

But the rough and tumble game served as a lesson.

“It’s a good lesson for our team.  It shows them the importance of being mentally prepared against bigger girls who are more physical.

“We are young and inexperienced.  We don’t have club players like the good teams we play.  Most of our girls are local and don’t have that club experience.

“They know they can’t just sit back, but we have talent and have to focus on getting the mental aspect of the game.  I still have high hopes.  We have to be tough.”

Chaffey used is superior physical advantage to jump out to a 3-0 first-half lead before the

Cougars got a goal from freshman forward Valeria Garcia on a header after a pass from sophomore midfielder Celia Rangel, who steers the offense.

“Valeria is small but she plays big,” Cutrona said.

The Cougars have three more non-league outings before jumping into Central Valley

Conference wars on Oct. 10.

So far the CVC looks like this in non-conference play:
Perennial power Fresno leads the pack with a 7-0-1 record, the Cougars are 6-2-1, West Hills-Lemoore 4-5-1 and Sequoias 3-5-1.

Cougar Women Blank East L.A., Cuesta in Soccer
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 21, 2014

Taft College women’s soccer coach Myisha Cutrona believes her team has turned a corner as the Cougars continue their impressive drive toward conference play.

“I’m thrilled we’re finally getting out of our swamp,” she said after her team completed back-to-back shutouts at home Friday and Saturday.

“They seem to be getting on the same page and translating it on the field.  We still have a long way to go but we are playing very well right now.  We’re playing with much more rhythm now. We’ve allowed only eight goals in eight games and we are 6-1-1.”

Cutrona hopes the 3-0 and 4-0 non-conference wins over East Los Angeles and Cuesta will give her team a boost heading into Tuesday’s match in Rancho Cucamonga against Chaffey College, one of the state’s top programs.

“We hope we can be more competitive against the top programs like Chaffey,” she said.  “They have a lot of club players and some who have played on the national team.  And, it’s always fun to play against my sister-in-law.”

Chaffey’s head coach is the sister of Cougar men’s coach and Myisha’s husband, Angelo Cutrona.

A year ago the Cougars pulled off a big upset by tying Chaffey so Cutrona knows the Panthers have a score to settle.

“They have a veteran team so we’ll need to bring our A game,” she said.
Team leader Celia Rangel got things going against East L.A. with her 11th goal of the season goal in the 34th minute.  Cristina Salazar was credited with the assist.

It stayed that way until the first minute of the second half when the same combination hooked up again with a goal that stunned the Huskies.  This time it was Rangel providing the assist and Salazar getting the goal.

The Cougars kept up the pressure until freshman forward Valaria Garcia took a perfect pass from Salazar in front of the ELA goal moments after a corner kick.  Garcia’s header into the center of the net in the 67th minute capped the scoring.

TC’s quickness and speed was too much for the Huskies who rarely threatened the Cougar net.

Cutrona credited the defensive work of Sierra Sagasta in throttling the Huskies’ star forward Carla Quijada.

“She did a phenomenal job,” she said of the freshman from Bakersfield High.

Freshman goalkeeper Aeirelle Stoyanow blocked all eight of ELAC’s shots on goal.

The next day the Cougars breezed past Cuesta with Rangel scoring two goals and Salazar getting three assists.

Garcia and Nora Perez got the other goals and Ariel Manzano recorded the other assist.

The Cougars controlled the tempo from start to finish and kept the ball away from Cuesta, which managed only three shots on goal.

TC Women Shut Out East LA
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 19, 2014

Taft College controlled the tempo as the Cougars ran past East Los Angeles today for a 3-0 non-conference soccer victory.

The Cougars have less than 24 hours to savor the victory that improves their non-conference record to 5-1-1 because they have another home match Saturday when Cuesta College comes to town.  Kickoff is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on the Tenth and San Emidio field.

Team leader Celia Rangel got things going against East L.A. with a goal in the 34th minute.  Cristina Salazar was credited with the assist.

It stayed that way until the first minute of the second half when the same combination hooked up again with a goal that stunned the Huskies.  This time it was Rangel providing the assist and Salazar getting the goal.

The Cougars kept up the pressure until freshman forward Valaria Garcia took a perfect pass from Salazar in front of the ELA goal moments after a corner kick.  Garcia’s header into the center of the net in the 67th minute capped the scoring.

TC’s quickness and speed was too much for the Huskies who rarely threatened the Cougar net.

The going will get a lot tougher for Taft next Tuesday when the Cougars head to Rancho Cucamonga to take on state powerhouse Chaffey College.

TC Soccer Teams Continue Solid Play; Men Stay Unbeaten
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 17, 2014

Both Taft College soccer teams continue to perform well during the non-conference grind with the Cougar men the only unbeaten and untied team in the state with a 7-0 record.

The seventh notch in the win column came Wednesday at home with a 2-0 victory over Long Beach City College.

On the same day the Cougar women were on the road for an 8-0 whitewash of Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest that improved TC to 4-1-1.

Today the women’s team hosts East Los Angeles at 1 p.m. while the men head south for a clash with potent Cerritos College.

Sophomore defender Ramon Chavez factored in both goals the Cougar men scored in easing past LBCC.

He scored the first goal, unassisted, in the 44th minute and got the assist when Ramiro Barraza, a sophomore forward from Bakersfield, scored in the 75th minute to ice a satisfying victory over a tough opponent.

For Chavez it was his fourth goal of the season and first assist.

Barraza earned his fifth goal, best on the team and sixth best in the state.

In the women’s team’s romp in the desert, the Cougars spread the wealth.

Leading scorer Celia Rangel turned in a stellar performance with two goals and three assists, Alexia Gonzalez had two goals and an assist, Valeria Garcia scored a goal and chipped in an assist, and Nora Perez and Cristina Salazar had the other goals.
Victoria Escobar, Ariel Manzano and Kathy Rubio contributed assists.

Gonzalez opened the scoring with a goal four minutes into the match but Cerro Coso’s Daisy Zajicek tied it with a goal in the 13th minute.  That was Cerro Coso’s only hurrah as the Cougars scored seven unanswered goals.

TC led 4-1 at the half.

Hannah Tovar and Arielle Stoyanow shared the goalkeeping duties, each playing a half.  Tovar gave up Cerro Coso’s only goal and had a save while Stoyanow recorded three saves.

TC Soccer Splits with SBCC
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 9, 2014

Taft College soccer teams split non-conference matches with visiting Santa Barbara City College on Tuesday.

The women opened the home doubleheader on a positive note by scoring the first goal, but the more physical Vaqueros put four unanswered shots into the net to spoil things for the home team.

The men, however, continued to be impressive in the early going by defeating for the second time their SBCC counterparts, this time by a 3-1 margin.  Taft won 4-1 at Santa Barbara on Aug. 29.

Cougar Soccer Teams host Santa Barbara Tuesday
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 8, 2014

Both Taft College soccer teams hope to continue their solid non-conference play Tuesday when they roll out the carpet for their counterparts from Santa Barbara City College.

The women’s team (2-0-1) will christen things with a 1 p.m. kickoff on the Taft High soccer field at Tenth and San Emidio streets.  The men’s match will follow.

The Cougars tuned up for today’s doubleheader with matches last Friday.

The women scored a late goal to earn a 2-2 tie with Long Beach City College in the Cougars’ home opener while the men improved to 4-0 with a 2-1 win over Las Positas College in Livermore – a victory that avenged a penalty-kick loss that eliminated TC from last year’s playoffs.

Sophomore midfielder Celia Rangel scored both goals for the Cougar women – the first without an assist in the 38th minute and the second in the 50th minute with a pass from Nora Perez.

Rangel’s goals overcame a 2-0 first-half Long Beach lead.

Cougar goalkeeper Arielle Stoyanow had seven saves.

Long Beach had 9 shots on goal, the Cougars 8.

Men unbeaten
Sophomore midfielder Ramiro Barraza scored both goals in the win over Las Positas on assists from Trevon Demison and Edgar Rodriguez respectively.

Barraza’s goals gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead before Las Positas countered with a goal from Anthony Aguilar in the 38th minute, but there was no scoring the rest of the way.