By Cortez Cruz Serrato
The women’s soccer team beat El Camino College Compton Center, 4-0, in a South Coast Conference game Nov. 4 staying in contention for the Southern California Regional playoffs.
With the win, the Huskies have an opportunity to move ahead of Mt. San Antonio College for second place in the South Coast Conference this Friday night if they can beat the Mounties.
ELAC is now 10-4-3 overall, 7-2-2 in the SCC.
The Huskies controlled the pace and possession of the ball for the majority of the game mostly due to Compton (0-17-1, 0-11) only having nine players on the field.
“It was hard having less players because the nine on the field have to work harder, but I really appreciated the effort,” Compton head coach said.
Freshman defender Arye Looney carried the Huskies offensively in the first half scoring a goal in minute-23 and assisting on a goal in the closing minutes of the first half.
“Everybody is picking it up. We’re all putting our part in. We’re playing as a team and we’re going to win and lose as a team,” Looney said.
Goals from sophomores Blakeley Ficenec and Cristal Montoya in the second half put the game out of reach for Compton that was unable to generate any offense.
“This game builds a lot of confidence and we were able to get a lot of [scoring] opportunities. A win always boosts spirits, but we have also have to take into consideration that they [Compton] were playing with only nine players,” ELAC Head Coach Tessa Troglia said.
Troglia also found this game against a struggling Compton team as an opportunity to work on their offense.
“We got to work on getting shots on goal and getting different personnel involved in the attack. It’s just another practice for us when we play them, unfortunately, because of their situation. They lost a coach and they lost a lot of players,” Troglia said.
“We’re not saying that we have a for sure spot yet, but we’re playing like we do. We’re going to play like we’re trying to secure a spot for playoffs,” Looney said.
The match against Mt. SAC is a must win for the Huskies.
“The game is huge, we need to beat them. That game will be the determining factor if we make playoffs or not,” Troglia said.