By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
College of the Canyons women's soccer is heading back to the postseason for an eighth consecutive year after a season in which the Lady Cougars finished as conference runner up for the first time in recent memory.
Canyons (8-7-3, 5-1-2) trailed WSC, East Division champions Antelope Valley College (12-3-3, 6-1-1) by two points in the final conference standings, after the Marauders were able to eke out a late goal to down Bakersfield on the final day of the regular season.
A loss or draw by AVC would have allowed COC to claim a share of the conference crown and extend its championship streak another year. Instead, the Lady Cougars were forced to settle for second place, but with a chance for redemption.
As fate would have it, No. 9 seed Canyons will now travel to face No. 8 AVC for a CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoff match.
The two teams split the regular season series, with COC winning 3-0 on its home field back on Oct. 9 and AVC returning the favor by handing Canyons a 3-0 loss in Lancaster on Oct. 26.
Canyons had won seven straight WSC titles before this season but has not advanced past the opening round of the playoffs since 2014. COC head coach Justin Lundin and the Lady Cougars will now look to change that fact.
No. 9 Canyons and No. 8 Antelope Valley will face off at 7 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 17, in Lancaster.
General admission tickets are $12. Students/faculty/staff (with ID) from both schools, seniors over age 60 and children under 12 are $8, as mandated by the CCCAA.
AVC is located at 3041 West Ave K, Lancaster, CA 93536.
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—Photo by Jacob Velarde/COC Sports Information