The Cuesta College women’s soccer team dropped their season opener 3-2 to Desert on the Thursday.
The Roadrunners opened the scoring on a penalty kick by Monica Monay in the seventh minute.
Cuesta (0-1) drew the score level in the 35th minute on a Gillian Stargensky goal —the Cougars top returning scorer — off an assist from Seneca Adams.
Sarah Felix scored in the 72nd minute and Monay scored in the 74th for Desert to make the score 3-1.
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Cuesta’s Monique Orozco scored in stoppage time to bring the Cougars within one on a pass from Christen Engel, but came up short.
The Cougars outshot Desert 17-10.
Cuesta’s next game is 4 p.m. Sept. 3 against Skyline at Cuesta. The Cougars’ road game scheduled for Aug. 28 has been moved to Sept. 22 at Cuesta.