Teams in previous seasons might have packed in it with a three goal deficit in the final fifteen minutes of the match. That is not the case for the College of Marin Men's Soccer Team in 2016. Despite trailing late, the Mariners did not give up, scoring twice in the final ten minutes of the match to push the final score line of 3-2 in favor of Cañada College.
The at outset Cañada was the more aggressive side, with several stretches of possession in the attacking third. Mariners' defense did an admirable job of deflecting the Cañada onslaught, but eventually the damn broke, as a a shot from the left channel by Cañada forward Jason Jattan glanced off Marin keeper William Finnie and into the back of the net. It was a well-placed attempt and Finnie did well to even get a touch to it. Leonardo Silva of Cañada added a second just before the half with a scramble in front of goal.
Cañada again came out firing in the second half, looking to build on their two goal lead and grabbed a third off the foot of Jesus Guzman in the 51st minute. Cañada kept the pressure on for a fourth, but the Marin defense stymied them the rest of the game.
After taking the hits the majority of the match, the Mariners opted to punch back themselves. In the 82nd minute, after drawing a free kick from 25 yards out, Henry Mata delivered a picture perfect ball, lofting the keeper and into the back of the net for his second goal of the season. College of Marin continued pushing more and more men forward looking for another goal. In stoppage time, a long Cañada clearance was corralled by Finnie at midfield and delivered on a plate to Cerbellio Rodas who turned and fired into the back of the net for Marin's second goal.
Although the final whistle sounded shortly after with a final score line of 3-2 for Cañada, Coach Jake Morrison was upbeat "Heart was the message for today. We dug ourselves a hole early on but we showed a lot of heart and determination to stick with things and we were rewarded late. It was another solid team effort during these run of games and now we look forward for the next opportunity to continue push us to the point where we want to be."
Finnie had an excellent game in net, recording an assist for his excellent delivery and in addition saved 11 shots.
The team continues to improve match after match, "We are slowly inching our way to putting together a complete performance. I would say that we had about 65-75 minutes of consistent play. We get the day off on Sunday and another opportunity to improve and progress."
The Mariners travel to Chico to take on Butte College on Labor Day at 2pm.