The Tacoma Community College Titans scored three second-half goals Wednesday afternoon to overcome the Pierce Raiders 4-1 at Heritage Park in Puyallup.
Emerald Ridge High School graduate Luke Logan scored on a penalty kick, and Joseph Snow added two second-half scores to lift the Titans (3-3 overall), who broke a 1-1 halftime stalemate.
Tacoma head coach Jason Gjertsen was upset with the way his team played in the first 45 minutes.
“They (Pierce) literally won every 50-50 ball in the first half, and that made a huge difference,” Gjertsen said. “They controlled the play in the first half. We were lucky it was just 1-1.
“In the second half, we started getting those balls, and it turned into more attack offensively for us,” he said. “We just wanted it a little bit more in the second half.”
Gjertsen said his team was pumped up for its showdown with the Raiders (0-4-1) after Pierce beat Tacoma last year.
“It’s a big game for them, and it’s a big game for us,” he said. “They are the closest school to us location-wise that we play. We wanted to come out and show we were the better team.”
Pierce head coach Mark Lee said the Raiders haven’t played a complete game yet this season.
“We have had good spurts and good halves, but you have to put it together for a full 90 (minutes),” Lee said. “We go up 2-0 against Walla Walla earlier this year, and then we break down for 10 minutes and give up four goals. Against Highline, we were tied 1-1 and then gave up two late goals.
There’s a lot of season left for the Raiders.
“The biggest thing is that our guys are keeping their heads up, and they will keep battling,” Lee said. “We have been making mental errors. Hopefully we smarten up and start playing smarter as a team.”
Pierce’s lone goal of the game came when Nolan Haver scored in the 33rd minute to tie the match at 1-1.