BY PAUL TRIUKAS // SPORTS EDITOR
On a beautiful and sunny Monday evening, COD’s women’s soccer team hosted Morton College for their tenth game of the season. After a 0-7 loss on Friday to Johnson County Community College, the Chaparral la- dies bounced back the following day, defeating Dakota County Technical College 2-0.
At the start of the new work week, COD was looking to create a winning streak. On their home field, the Chaparrals had the perfect opportunity.
The match against Morton started off even. Both teams didn’t control the ball for long amounts of time. As urged by their coaches and the people in the stands, both opponents kept making risky long passes. Although the defense of neither team stood out, the offense didn’t as well.
After 45 scoreless minutes, the second half continued the even match. However, on the game’s 54th min- ute, Morton’s forward Karen Santos sent the ball into an empty goal following a small mistake by COD’s goalkeeper Taylor Panczyk. Soon after the game’s 70th minute passed, the Chaparrals’ Emily Plourde made a foul and received a yellow card.
As the game neared its end, the Chaparrals switched into a higher gear and put much more pressure on their opponents. Angela Toritto led the charge and was the brightest figure in the push. With less than ten minutes in the match up, freshman Kim Fester stole the ball and handed it off to Toritto who crossed over one of their opponents and nearly scored.
The Chaparrals’ late charge was unsuccessful and the COD ladies fell to Morton College 0-1. As a game against South Suburban later in the week comes closer, the soccer team still retained a positive record this sea- son, 6 wins and 4 losses.