Women's Soccer Continues to Shine
By Joshua White
Corsair Staff Writer
The Santa Monica College women's soccer team continued their successful streak this season with a 6-1 thrashing of Los Angeles Harbor College last Tuesday. Seven games into the regular season, the Lady Corsairs have still yet to sustain a defeat.
The victory placed the Lady Corsairs in fifth place in the California Community College Southern Region with a 4-0-3 record and dropped L.A. Harbor to 1-9 for the year. L.A. Harbor was the first to strike by scoring the game's first goal.
The Lady Corsairs battled back to overcome the early 0-1 deficit to score the game's final six goals en route to victory.
This was the third win of the season that was by a margin of three or more points. The win marked the team's first road victory of the season after they fought their way to a 1-1 tie in the only other road game at Oxnard Community College two weeks earlier.
The Lady Corsairs' 4-0-3 record shines even brighter when compared to the team's record after seven games last season, when they went 0-7 before finally achieving their first victory in their eighth attempt and eventually finishing with a record of 6-11-3.
Head Coach Aaron Benditson called the victory a "good win away from home" and said he was "happy with the team's effort."
Coach Benditson also said that the team "showed their strength and character by being able to battle back in the face of adversity" after falling behind early in the 90 minute contest.
A key contributor in the comeback was sophomore forward Lauren Klibingat, who came off of the bench around 15 minutes into the game and created an immediate impact by helping to shift momentum in favor of the Corsairs, ending the game with two goals and one assist.
Freshman forward Jennifer Hager also added two goals, while freshmen Jessica Rangel and Caitlyn Rutherford both contributed to the victory by adding one goal a piece.
The Lady Corsairs will try to continue their hot start when they travel to face Glendale Community College on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.