BY ROMAN DELARA
Photo Courtesy of COD Athletics
The football team gets homecoming spoiled, Men’s soccer continues to go up and down, Women’s soccer has forgettable season and Volleyball has been on a roll.
Roadrunners football lost to their rivals San Bernardino Valley in COD’s homecoming game and Sophomore night 35-33.
The Roadrunners had a great start leading 17-0 in the first quarter with two passing touchdowns from Noah Shoeman and a field goal. Then San Bernardino cut the deficient by 3 only trailing 17-14 with two passing touchdowns from quarterback Armando Herrera to end the first half.
The Roadrunners would extend their lead 24-14 with another Shoeman passing touchdown before San Bernardino would answer back with 21 unanswered points to make it 35-24.
Eventually, the Roadrunners would came back, in the fourth quarter, with a field goal and a touchdown to now trail 35-33. However, the Roadrunners tried to tie the game with a two-point conversion that failed by an incomplete pass from Shoeman.
With the loss, the Roadrunners are now 4-3 overall with their first conference loss, which now puts COD at 1-1.
Noah Shoeman completed 28 passes out of 50 attempts for 358 yards, with 4 passing touchdowns and 2 interceptions. While on the other side, Armando Herrera completed 27 passes out of 45 attempts for 345 yards, with passing three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Kerrion Ringo had 11 receptions for 213 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
It was only the second time this year that the Roadrunners passing game has gone over 300 yards passing. The last time it happened, COD had 491 passing yards against Antelope Valley in quadruple overtime.
Sophomore fullback Benjamin Myles commented on the Roadrunners four game winning-streak before the devastating homecoming loss. “We had alot of different quarterbacks, different running backs in, but I feel like after those two losses we found our identity and now we’re on a roll and everybodys doing a good job.”
Men’s Soccer has been on a mini winning streak at three games to put their record at 6-5-4. The conference record is better at 6-3-2. Also, noticeably is the disparity on how the roadrunners perform between home and away games. Their record at home is 3-4-2, while on the road they are 3-1-2.
The Roadrunners have scored a season high four goals in their last two of three games, besting Southwestern (W, 4-3) and San Diego City (W, 4-2), both conference rivals.
What is impressive about this Roadrunners team is that they have improved in goal scoring. In 15 games this year COD has scored 24 goals, which is just one more than last season when the roadrunners scored only 23 goals in 20 games.
A match worth watching will be when COD hits the road to take on their main rivals San Bernardino Valley. The last time these two teams faced off, it ended in a 2-2 draw.
Women’s soccer has struggled all but lately as they have won their last two games with a combined score of 15-0.
In the first 12 games the Roadrunners have gone 1-11, but in their last four games, they are 3-1. Therefore, overall they are 4-12, while they remain winless in their conference at 0-5.
Players to watch for the rest of the season are freshman forward Jianna Guerrero and sophomore forward Melita Pena. Guerrero leads the team in goals with 11 and has 12 saves. While Pena has six goals scored and 12 saves as well.
Check out the Roadrunners tomorrow, when they meet up with their rivals San Bernardino Valley. COD is looking for revenge after losing in their first matchup 3-0.
Volleyball has won three straight to go over .500 at 10-8 overall. They are undefeated at home with a 6-0 record. While on the road have looked like the worst team in volleyball at 1-7.
Considering that they play two of their last five games at home, the Roadrunners will need to grab some road wins if they want to advance to the playoffs.
Their next match will be this Wednesday against San Bernardino Valley, whom they have beaten already this season in a 3-1 result.