By Danny Vasquez
The East Los Angeles College men’s soccer team kicked off their first home South Coast Conference game with a 3-0 win against Pasadena City College on Friday Sept. 28 at Weingart Stadium.
After losing their first SCC match 2-1 against Long Beach City College earlier in the week, the Huskies came with full force for their second game in a slaughtering seventh defeat for the Lancers for the 2012 season.
Assistant Coach Melvin Rubio thought of the Huskies performance pessimistically, “I think we could have done a lot better. We were a man up more than half of the game and I don’t think we took advantage of that,” Rubio said.
In the first half Adolfo Larios opened the score off of a penalty kick awarded to the Huskies during the first 10 minutes of the game.
Ten minutes later, Cesar Benitez came in with the second Husky goal. This was Benitez’s first goal of his college career.
About 28 minutes in, a PCC player got sent off the field after receiving a red card. There was a free kick given to Daniel Llanos toward the end of the first half, but he didn’t score.
A foul was committed by PCC over Salvador Medrano in the 62nd minute and the referee awarded a free kick to the Huskies. Llanos took the shot, sending it Larios who scored with a header.
“It was a good win, we deserved it. In he first half we started with intensity and the same happened in the second half,” Larios said.
After the loss, PCC Head Coach Edgar Manvelyan gave his thoughts of his team’s performance. “I am very happy with the way we played against ELAC. We played very hard, this is a very tough field to play on,” Manvelyan said.
Although winning their first conference match, ELAC Head Coach Eddie Flores said that the Huskies needed to play smarter.
The Huskies will be back in action on Tuesday at hosting Mt. San Antonio College at 6 p.m. ELAC overall is 3-2-4, 1-1 in the SCC. Mt. SAC stands 7-1 and 1-1.