By Erik Luna
The women’s soccer team failed to avenge last month’s 0-0 tie against Long Beach City College when they lost 1-0 last Friday at Long Beach.
With this loss, the Huskies were brought down to a 2-4-2 record in the South Coast Conference and brought their overall record to 5-6-4.
LBCC held its defense throughout the game and forced the Huskies to remain in their midfield.
With an assist by Rocio Hernandez, Paola Alonso broke away from the Husky defense and scored the only goal of the game at the 11-minute mark to give the advantage to LBCC.
The Huskies struggled to get the ball throughout the first half.
“I think we did a great job in defense relief. We stayed home more, made (ELAC) come to us and were more disciplined,” LBCC Head Coach Alex Camargo said.
The Huskies kept losing control of the ball and LBCC advanced fast to ELAC’s midfield thanks to their defense strategy.
At the end of the first half, Husky goalkeeper Belen Rodriguez made a jumping block against another of Alonso’s shots.
Rodriguez accumulated four saves throughout the game, while LBCC goalkeeper Jeanette DeAnda got three.
During the second half of the game, Husky Dawne Constantino was substituted for Stephanie Bustos.
Both Bustos and teammate Jessica Guzman got close to LBCC’s goal posts.
Bustos had opportunities to score at the 73-minute mark and 80-minute mark.
“We needed to start off with a better half. We started off too confident and we kind of lost focus,” Bustos said.
ELAC Head Coach Tessa Troglia said that the balance of teamwork was off in this game.
“We played as individuals, not as a team. During the second half, we picked it up a bit but it was too late and we were still struggling. Long Beach finished the opportunity they had and had us running around. They deserved this win,” Troglia said.
The Huskies will take on Mt. San Antonio College in an away game this Friday at 4 p.m.