By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
College of the Canyons men's soccer is heading back to the postseason for the first time since 2010 after winning the first conference title in program history.
Canyons (10-6-3, 7-2-1), champions of the Western State Conference (WSC), South Division, has earned the No. 15 seed in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional Playoffs and will now face No. 2 Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The Cougars won four of their final five games down the stretch to end the regular season, including a 1-0 road victory over Bakersfield College last Friday to clinch the historic conference championship.
COC has been led by a three-headed monster upfront, with sophomores Cesar Dominguez, Jorge Rojas and Andres Lozano doing the bulk of the scoring. Dominguez leads the Cougars and ranks seventh in the WSC with 10 goals to go with four assists. Rojas is second on the team with nine goals and four assists, while Lozano has eight goals.
The Mounties (16-3-3, 6-0-2) went undefeated in conference play to win the South Coast Conference, North Division championship, the program's 13th since 1999.
Mt. SAC won seven of its last eight games, including one draw, and has not lost since a 1-0 home defeat to Cerritos College on Oct. 12. The program ended the regular season with a No. 8 state ranking.
No. 15 COC and No. 2 Mt. SAC will square off at 5 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 17, in Walnut.
General admission tickets are $12. Students/faculty/staff (with ID) from both schools, seniors over age 55 and children under 12 are $8, as mandated by the CCCAA.
Parking is $4. Parking passes must be purchased at the parking pass kiosks located around the host venue. Mt. SAC is located at 1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA.
The winner of Saturday's game will play the winner of the No. 7 Rio Hondo College vs. No. 10 College of Desert. That contest would be played on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with a time and venue TBD.
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—Photo by Jacob Velarde/COC Sports Information