COSTA MESA -- After 50 minutes of controlling play with little to show for it, the soccer gods returned the favor to the Orange Coast College women's soccer team the rest of the way en route to a 5-0 Orange Empire Conference win over visiting Santa Ana College.
After outshooting the Dons 11-3 in the first half, the contest remained deadlocked at 0-0 before a five-goal barrage over the game's last 39 minutes proved to be the difference.
Sara Gomez broke the stalemate in the 51st minute when she took an Emma Pridmore pass and found the back of the net, putting Coast (6-2, 2-2 in OEC) up 1-0.
It stayed that way until the 72nd minute, when Jessica Amaral fed teammate Sarah MacArthur with a nice pass and the sophomore made the most of it, beating the Dons' goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
Amaral then found some offensive success of her own, scoring back-to-back goals in the 79th and 84th minute, respectively, (each off of MacArthur passes) to make it 4-0.
The offensive success came to an end in the 89th minute when Devin Broederlow ripped a penalty kick into the back of the net to close out the scoring.
OCC goalkeeper Emily Harrier went the distance and notched six saves for the shutout win. Santa Ana starter Monica Hernandez had seven saves in the first half, while Katie Delgado notched four saves in in the second half for the Dons.
The Pirates will return to action on Tuesday at JSerra High School to take on Saddleback College, beginning at 6:15 p.m. OCC's next home matchup will be against Fullerton on Tuesday, Oct. 2 against Fullerton at LeBard Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m.