The Modesto Junior College women's soccer team had to battle the elements as well as Skyline College in San Bruno on Tuesday. The Pirates prevailed 5-1 on a windy, cold and foggy artificial turf-covered field.
"We almost canceled the game because of the fog," MJC coach Steve Aristotelous said. "You couldn't see across the field. But we've got to play these games to qualify for playoffs."
Modesto (3-0) kicked into the wind in the first half, playing to a 1-1 tie at the break. Julie Ross had seven saves in the first half.
The Pirates had an easier time in the second half. Vanessa Stanfield scored twice and had an assist. Lence Montero assisted on two goals. Carly Genzoli had a goal and an assist.
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Five miles from the field, Aristotelous said, the weather was sunny and warm as the team returned home after the game.
"It was not the most favorable circumstances, but we've got to deal with stuff like that," he said.
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