By Sergio Berrueta
The women’s soccer team kicked off the second half of South Coast Conference play with its second consecutive victory after defeating Long Beach City College, 2-1, last week at Weingart Stadium.
The game’s intensity was reflected in the three yellow cards that the referee gave to LBCC players during the 50-minute mark.
The Huskies will face Mt. San Antonio College, the No. 3 ranked team in the state, on the road this Friday at 4 p.m.
The first yellow card was called when ELAC’s Chrystine Morelos was elbowed by LBBC’s Rocio Hernandez leading to the chain of events in the 50th minute.
It was less than a minute later when ELAC freshman Gladis Reyes was knocked to the ground by LBCC freshman Yasmyn Andrade who received the second yellow card.
Long Beach sophomore Liliana Montano was responsible for the third yellow card of the game after getting in a scuffle with sophomore Husky Dawne Constantino.
“We saw how the girls reacted to a couple of foul plays and rather than getting sloppy, they were able to maintain composure and get through the game,” ELAC Head Coach Tessa Troglia said.
ELAC Assistant Coach Richard Coria received a yellow card after arguing with referees over the calls being made during the second half of the game as Coria felt they should have been more severe.
“Emotions get the best of us sometimes and try to keep the bench (the coaches and players sitting) quiet,” Troglia said, “At the end of the day, he is an adult and he wasn’t disrespectful to the refs. It was a reaction to the call and he got yellow-carded for it.”
The Huskies opened the scoring at the nine-minute mark as freshman Karen Campos scored a goal into the net with ease, passing the ball over LBCC freshman goalkeeper Karen Nuno’s block attempt. “Making the first goal was awesome because we really wanted to win,” Campos said.
Long Beach freshman Brenda Reyes scored a goal the 20-minute mark as the Huskies’ defense tried to steal, but managed to make the shot, tying the game.
Despite struggling against LBCC’s defense, the Huskies broke the tie in the second half. ELAC’s Gladis Reyes swept in a clean shot into the net at the 72-minute mark.
“It was a hard game with yellow cards going off, but we got the minutes in and won. That’s a great feeling,” Reyes said.
Troglia said that the Huskies must learn from this game in order to continue their small series of wins. “We need to work more on the relationship between the forwards and the midfield in order to work together on the defensive side of the game,” Troglia said.