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!!!

Taft College Sports Round Up

Taft Midway Driller
September 8, 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 30, 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.

Bad Luck
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