Season comes to close for Crush, but future looks bright

By Johnny Martin | Reporter

The Clovis Community College women’s soccer team finished its 2016 campaign Friday at home with a 4-0 win against College of the Sequoias, but not in the fashion they were hoping for.

“We wanted to finish out playing and we wanted to reward the girls with a chance to finish out the season well,” head coach Orlando Ramirez said.

The Crush finished the regular season with an overall record of 10-3-5 and finished second in their conference with an 8-2 record. However, their overall record was not enough to get them into the playoffs. With this being the inaugural season, the Crush got off to a late start, losing four games to their schedule, which ended up hurting them when it came down to the playoff run. Ramirez was disappointed the season ended Friday but thinks the future’s so bright for his program.

“We’ll have a full offseason here to truly prepare for the next season and having our returners come back and the experience that they got getting a lot of minutes this year, it’s going to make next year more competitive,” Ramirez said. “Which is a good thing for us to continue to establish the competitive culture that we’re wanting to here at Clovis.”

Both the women and men’s teams were scheduled to play on the same field to end the regular season, with the girls playing at 1 p.m. and the men following at 3 p.m. Due to confusion with the schedules, the women’s opponent showed up late thinking their game was at three.

With their opponent showing up late and Clovis Community not having lights for their field, the women were limited to only one 30-minute half in order to fit the boys game in on time before darkness arrived.

In that 30-minute half, the Crush did score four goals against a depleted College of the Sequoias team, who only managed nine players on the field.

“It was good to finish out the year this way because one of our players who’s been working all year long to get a goal, she hadn’t got a goal but she got one today so it makes it all worth it,” Ramirez said.

Maricela Soto picked up her first goal of the year, putting one in the back of the net in the 6th minute to give Clovis a 2-0 lead. Cheyenne Martin scored in the 15th minute to increase the Crush lead before Branisia Sproule would add her second goal of the game in the 18th minute, having scored earlier in the 3rd minute, to give the Crush the 4-0 victory.

Sproule, being the lone “senior” on the team, played in her final game with the Crush Friday, ending the year as the team leader with 10 goals.

“Her presence and her leadership on this team even though she didn’t come until the fourth game in the season, really it was a gift,” Ramirez said. “Right away she came in and made a huge impact on our team just with the experience she had and just her personality, work effort, and her competitiveness and desire to connect the girls together.”

Sproule was honored in a pregame ceremony as her teammates and coaches presented her with balloons and flowers for her dedication and all out effort she put into her time with the team.