by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
VISALIA â€" 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.Â "We changed up our lineup so we could spread out the scoring a little more.Â Our goal is to have every player with a goal.Â 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.Â
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.
Â "The score could have been eight, nine or ten to nothing," Cutrona saidÂ "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.Â Sixteen teams are seeded in the playoffs.