On paper, Citrus College may have appeared to have the advantage over host College of the Canyons, as the Owls entered Tueday night's match near the top of the standings in the Western State Conference, South Division.
However, a tough year for the Cougars took a turn for the better, as sophomore Aaron Winsick scored the lone goal of the match in stoppage time, barely beating the final whistle, to give COC its first conference win of the season.
Defense ruled the night for both teams, with only seven shots on goal recorded in the match, with less than a handful of legitimate scoring opportunities
It was also a physical match, with five yellow cards being handed out. A second yellow for Citrus' Noel Rosales late in the contest led to the Owls having to play a man down and the Cougars took advantage.
Winsick was able to break the scoreless tie in the closing moments as he blasted a right foot shot just beyond the outstretched arm of the Citrus goalkeeper, sending the Cougars' bench into a wild celebration near midfield.
With the loss, Citrus drops to 5-5-4 and 3-1-1 in conference play.
Canyons (4-11-1, 1-3-1) will next travel to Glendale College on Friday, Oct. 27, for a 5 p.m. match.
The Cougars will then return home on Friday, Nov. 3 to host Bakersfield College at 6 p.m.