Both College of the Redwoods soccer teams lost close games at home to Butte on Tuesday.
The CR women fell 2-0, dropping to 1-2 in conference and 3-4 overall, while the men suffered their fifth straight loss, 2-0, and remain winless on the season.
“It didn’t go our way, but it was a hard battle and we kept it close,” CR women’s head coach Julio Ayala said. “We had some really good chances, we just weren’t able to connect. But overall, I like where we are. The girls had a good game.”
Freshman goalkeeper Juliana Ortega-Miranda had a good game, continuing what has been an impressive season between the posts for the former Fortuna standout.
“Credit to her. She held it down in the box,” Ayala said of Ortega-Miranda. “She’s done well for us.”
The loss was the second straight for the Corsairs, who fell 8-1 on the road against a very good Tahoe team over the weekend.
Freshman Jennifer Murillo, out of Riverside, scored the team’s lone goal in that game and has been one of CR’s most dangerous players in attack this season.
“What I liked is our girls kept battling and we were able to score,” Ayala said of the loss. “I think it’s a step in the right direction. They’re challenging and competing.”
The men, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3 in conference and 0-7-2 on the season after Tuesday’s loss.
Robert Carreno got the lone goal on a penalty kick for the Corsairs, who played the visitors close but were unable to get a result.
“It was a real close game,” CR head coach Kyle Van Dyke said. “We played well. I was really happy with the effort. We felt like we finally put 90 minutes together and really fought hard the whole game.”
Carreno had a big game for the Corsairs, as did Seth Cuenca and Sergio Arreola, who both had big performances off the bench.
The versatile Arreola, who plays on the wing, in midfield and at outside back, has become an integral player for the team.
“He’s been crucial for us off the bench,” the head coach said.
Goalie Julian Herrera also had a big day, anchoring a defensive unit that held the visitors in check for much of the game.
The CR women will host Shasta on Friday. Kickoff time is still to be finalized.
The CR men will play next at Mendocino on Tuesday.