by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
If Taft College is to have a shot at repeating as champions of the Central Valley Conference the Cougars will have to put in a top effort today when league-leader West Hills-Lemoore comes to town.
The match begins at 3 p.m. on the Taft High soccer field at Tenth and San Emidio.
West Hills is 2-0 in the conference and 11-5 overall while Taft is 1-1 and 9-4-2 after scoring late Tuesday to tie San Bernardino Valley College at home.
The Cougars are ranked 20th and the Eagles 22nd in the state power ratings. TC gets the nod because of strength of schedule.
Taft lost to Fresno but Lemoore beat the Rams, so the teams come in pretty even.
The key issue for the Cougars is scoring. They manage to get opportunities but have had trouble all season finding the net.
Against SBVC on Wednesday a missed penalty kick in the second half while trailing 1-0 was particularly troublesome.
San Bernardino got their lone goal when Roberto Morales took a pass from Aldahir Madrid on the left side to score what looked like the game-winner.
However, Gustavo Campos scored an unassisted goal in the waning moments to preserve a 1-1 tie.
The Cougars travel to Ukiah on Monday to play a non-conference match with Mendocino College (8-4-2). After that they host College of the Sequoias in a CVC match on Oct. 30.