SALINAS, Calif. — Hartnell missed an opportunity to get things back on track at home, losing to Canada College, 1-0. Despite good control by the Panthers, all it took was one fantastic goal to drop their overall record to 6-2-3.
The first half was filled with great tempo and chances as Hartnell outshot the Colts, 4-1, but that didn’t show on the scoreboard. As the second half opened, Head Coach Daniel Ortega pushed his midfielders to play deeper and draw out Cañada’s defenders out of the box.
The Panthers responded with electric energy but missed on two great opportunities to score from the corner and within the box.
“We outshot our opponent, held the most possession and had more free kick opportunities but were unable to capitalize on them,” Ortega said.
Hartnell sophomore goalkeeper Jesus Para (Alisal) made an incredible save midway through the second half to keep his team within reach. But unable to convert, the Panthers’ forwards were clearly frustrated.
“Moving forward we need work on our composure in chances to score and keep creating opportunities,” Ortega said.
The Panthers will visit Chabot College on Oct. 19.