Men’s Soccer Extends Winning Streak to Three


Micheal Hernandez

“Winning is something you can never take for granted,”

Is what Head Coach Renato Bustamente said to his team before their match against the Canyon College Cougars, a non-conference opponent that was looking to break COS’ undefeated record so far this 2022 season.

Despite the hot temperatures on the field, reaching a max of 111 degrees during the game, the Giants men’s soccer team came out with a victory with a score of 6-3 this past Tuesday. The best performances of the game were two goals each from two second-year sophomores in #25 Brian Perez (Redwood High School) and #6 Adrian Lopez (Mt. Whitney). Other players that scored goals during the contest were #11 Ernesto Pacheco (Redwood) and #9 Ramon Meraz (Mission Oak).

The game from the jump was all Giants, as within the first 10 minutes of the contest the Giants were able to get on the board. From there on, COS’ relentless pressure and ability to put their players in position proved to be much for the Cougars as they were down 5-0 at the half.

After getting to speak to Head Coach Renato Bustamente after the game, not only did he sound happy about the win but he also said, “to move forward and reflect because there is some big games ahead”. When speaking about Lopez’s performance he praised the work ethic of the second-year player, stating that he is a joy not only to have as a player with his versatility being a great defensive midfielder with scoring ability but also due to his hard work ethic.

“He reflects the program. He is extremely hard working and committed, his teammates love him, I am just very excited for him this year,” stated Bustamente.

The month of September started an eight-game streak of home games for the Giants, so if you have ever wanted to get a chance to watch this captivating lineup in person this month would definitely be a good time! Their next game will be a non-league matchup against the LA Mission Eagles at 3 p.m., so if you have the chance make sure to get out there and support your boys in white and blue!

In regards to their next opponent, Bustamente stated that the LA Mission Eagles could definitely pose a challenge to the Giants as they are a well-coached and disciplined team that faces high levels of competition on a daily game basis. It should make for a good matchup for the Giants on Friday afternoon, as they look to extend their record to 4-0 to start the year.