By Christopher Wood
Last Wednesday, the fifth ranked BCC women’s soccer team clinched the West Division title in a 1-0 win over Highline.
The previous meeting of these teams was on September 24, which resulted in a tie.
“We finished hot,” said Frank Lee, BCC women’s soccer head coach. “But we need to stay focused.”
The opening half of the game went without a goal though BCC had several opportunities, said Lee. One attempt of note came at 32 minutes into the first, with Krista Niklason, BCC forward, breaking from two defenders down the field to make a shot on goal. When Niklason kicked, the ball bounced off of the keepers shin and out of the field.
“We had lots of opportunities [to score],” said Lee.
During half time, Lee said that the team needed to keep dribbling the ball more and to occupy their defense, along with keeping their own defense strong.
Felix Harrison, BCC assistant coach, said that the strikers needed to take the ball to the goal.
The second half opened with a missed attempt by Highline that flew over BCC’s goal.
The winning goal would come from Daniela Gonzalez, BCC midfielder, on a free kick at 65 minutes.
Highline would make a late drive towards the end of the game. Several attempts at the goal were made, resulting in Kristina Myles, BCC keeper, falling onto the ball to save it.
“It was nerve racking,’ said Estee Kaskes, BCC forward, “[but] we needed a win.”
Statistically, BCC has secured the first place title in the West Division of NWAACC with a record of 12-2-3.