One game at a time

Ed Gebing and Ed Gebing

After giving up two first-half goals to sophomore Bear Cubs defender Christina Rebata, the American River College women’s soccer team lost to conference foe Santa Rosa Junior College 3-0 Wednesday.

The team was playing without freshman Jazzmin Hancock who sat out due to a red card in the previous game for fighting.

The girls played competitively, but it just was not enough to keep them in the game.

“Our speed of play has got to be better. We have opportunities to play good balls in and break defenses down, and the ball will come up short,” head coach Paul Arellanes said.  “That’s been a problem since day one. We’re a little bit slow on the ball and we have someone open, and it may take a good 30-40 yard pass and we hit it 20.”

The level of play against the last few opponents has been with a good level of determination.

“We played good as a group, but we need to be more physical,” freshman defender Taelor Silveira said.  “All of our games have been pretty physical but we’re just not there yet.  We just need to be more physical in practice.”

The team won’t have much downtime before their next game today at 6 p.m. against divisional rival Sacramento City College at Hughes Stadium.

“We’ve gotta put this one behind us and we’ve got one day to get ready for City, and let’s get after it,” Arellanes said.