Giants starting slow, improving

The COS men’s soccer team is off to a slow start this season under the direction of first-year head coach Fode Doumbia. While this is Doumbia’s first season coaching at COS, Doumbia has a long string of success as a soccer coach at the youth and high school level. He has led the Lindsay High School Cardinal boys soccer team to multiple Valley Championships but at COS has inherited a program that went winless last season.

This year, while the Giants are showing much growth in talent and ambition, the team has started with a daunting 0-6-1 record.

Over the weekend the team picked up a tie at the West Hills College four-team tournament in Lemoore. It marks the team’s first non-loss this season. The team tied Shasta College 2-2 after taking the lead twice throughout the game.

COS started the scoring in the first half with a goal on an outside cross from the midfield. Shasta tied the game in same half when referees awarded the team a penalty kick when COS defenseman KASRA POURSHAD tripped a Shasta player in the box. The teams went into the break tied 1-1.

In the second half, COS’s Alejandro Gutierrez broke past the Shasta’s defensive line and luckily put the ball under the Shasta keeper as he lost control of it.

With 15 minutes remaining in the game, Shasta scored a long shot from outside to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants went on to create numerous scoring opportunities but were unable to put away a winning goal.

The team so far has suffered losses to Gavalan, Compton, Butte, Victor Valley.

Local standout Abraham Bettencourt, a graduate of Lindsay High School, leads the team in goals with three. His most recent goal came in the first day of the West Hills Tournament. He was the Giants lone scorer in a 4-1 loss to Lassen College on Friday, Sept. 21.

The Giants will start conference play this week against Fresno City at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 at the COS campus field.

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