by Erik Luna
Husky freshman Gladis Reyes was one goal shy from a hat trick during yesterday’s 4-1 home game victory against Los Angeles Harbor College.
Reyes not only contributed half of the goals for the Huskies, but also successfully assisted teammate Karen Campos for the second goal of the game.
“They worked hard and worked as a unit,” Head Coach Tessa Troglia said about her team. “We were pretty solid in the back. It… gave us the momentum to get forward and be a little more offensive.”
Two goals from the Huskies were dismissed due to offside calls – Reyes assisted in one of these goals, which was scored by Liz Romero.
“I was really mad, because it was not offside,” Reyes said. “I saw (Romero) coming in from the back, I passed it, and it was a real good cross – I don’t know why it was called offside, when it really wasn’t.”
Campos scored the other goal that was dismissed with another assist from Reyes.
During the second half, sophomore Natasha Witzl was placed in the game. After a couple of close call scoring attempts, Witzl dislocated her knee in an attempt to get the ball from Harbor’s Jessica Ma.
“It hurts so much. I can’t move,” Witzl said, while on the ground. Athletic trainer Diane Stankevitz rushed to the aid of Witzl, worrying that she had hurt her back.
After Witzl was helped to the first aid cart, the Harbor offensive began to intensify. Harbor Captain Ashley Flanigan offered up an assist to her teammates by Husky goalkeeper Briana Aguila and Ma was able to get past Aguila to score.
As soon as Harbor scored, the Huskies stepped up their defense. The rest of the game was played on the Harbor side.
Husky sophomore Chrystine Morelos was awarded a free kick, after a Harbor player fouled Reyes by the 25-yard line. Morelos, who has been practicing free kicks with assistant coach Javier Arellano, scored the third goal of the game from the free kick.
“We had been practicing for two or three weeks,” Morelos said. “I’ve been practicing it at every game and I could never get it down. I had to get it this time.” This was the second goal of the season for Morelos, having made her first one from a free kick as well.
After having missed multiple scoring opportunities late in the second half, Reyes broke free from Harbor player Vanessa Paredes and scored the last goal of the game.
“We’re getting more into (the game),” Reyes said about the communication with her team. “We’re … practicing, getting our minds into (the game) and moving forward.
This victory brings the Husky’s South Coast Conference record to 2-3-2 and an overall record to 5-7-2. They will host Long Beach City College this Friday at 4 p.m.