by Liliana Marquez
The state and South Coast Conference men’s soccer defending champions, Mt. San Antonio College condemned East Los Angeles College to a 6-1 defeat yesterday at Weingart Stadium.
ELAC’s Jose Garcia-Aranda and Mt. SAC’s Xavier Corona were sent off during the game. As a result, Husky Garcia-Aranda will miss Friday’s game.
Garcia-Aranda left the field when the referee showed him a direct red card after a foul he committed against Mt. SAC, which resulted in a free kick awarded to the Mounties.
ELAC will host Cerritos College this Friday at 6 p.m. in hopes of coming out with a second conference play victory.
Juan Ortega’s opener put Mt. SAC in the lead 15 minutes before halftime.
A goal by teammate Alex Piceno and braces by Armando Ochoa and Luis Arellano completed Mt. SAC’s victory during the second half.
The Mounties scored two goals back-to-back at the beginning of the second half to make the score 3-0.
The Huskies had a chance to minimize the difference when they were awarded a penalty kick during minute 63, after the Mounties committed a foul inside the penalty area.
Amaury Ruelas took advantage of this and scored the consolation goal for the Huskies, who struggled to retain a foothold in the game.
ELAC’s goalkeeper Salvador Falcon was back in action after missing last week’s game against Pasadena City College due to a shoulder contusion.
Falcon prevented the Mounties from scoring most of the first half, until Ortega’s goal.
Despite having chances to turn the score around, ELAC was left with its second SCC loss.
The Mounties, who achieved their fourth consecutive state and conference championships last season, suffered a 4-2 defeat last week against El Camino College.
Their Head Coach Juan Sanchez, 2012 SCC All-Sports Coach of the Year, said that it was good for the team to score a win after their loss to El Camino.
“We were able to finish the opportunities we had, but Against El Camino, even though we lost the game and there are no excuses, we didn’t finish our opportunities. That was the difference today,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez also said that he hopes that yesterday’s result would help the Mounties for Friday’s game against Long Beach City College.
This result brings ELAC’s SCC record down to 1-2 after yesterday’s loss and a 3-0 loss to PCC last week.
ELAC Head Coach Eddie Flores said that the problem with ELAC was that they had chances to score, but were not able to capitalize.
Flores also said that they will talk to the players and that in a positive note, ELAC is 1-2 in conference play, so they still have a lot of games to play and to recover from yesterday’s loss.