OAKLAND – The College of the Redwoods women’s soccer team learned a lot from its 10-0 loss to Las Positas on Friday and applied those lessons when it shut out Merritt College 3-0 on Saturday.
A team full of freshmen, Redwoods was interested in see how it stacked up against a tough team in its season opener Friday. The Corsairs learned they’re mentally tough and if they are organized better tactically they could be successful.
In Saturday’s game, CR dominated possession and generated chances, especially in the first half.
Payton Leonard, a freshman center forward from Chico, scored two first-half goals. Her first half goal came after she received a through ball on a third-man run. She struck a strong shot low and to the corner, and nearly mirrored the shot later in the half. Leonard almost had a hat trick at the end of the game, but her shot sailed inches wide after taking a breakaway down the field.
Beverly Titus scored the final shot of the game in the second half. She received a ball from a teammate outside the box and one-timed a right-foot volley to the upper beam.
“It was a beautiful shot. It got a round of applause from everyone,” said CR head coach John Davidson. “Our focus is on the process and not the outcome. We’re trying to identify soccer problems to fix, and we’re doing that and having a ton of fun in the process.”
Redwoods will take a break for a few weeks before it plays again. It will take the field again when it hosts Lassen on October 2 at 4 p.m.
Las Positas 5 5
CR 0 0
Saves: Philips 9
Merritt 0 0
CR 2 1
Goals: Leonard 2, Titus