By Stephanie Guevara
The men’s soccer team ended the preseason with a 1-1 draw against old foe Santiago Canyon on Sept. 25, at the Weingart Stadium.
An intense match between two well-known foes, freshman midfielder Martin Oregal scored the first goal of the match and was assisted by freshman forward Jose Gracia in the 26th minute.
Oregal only had one shot towards the goal post throughout the game which resulted in the only goal.
It only took eight minutes for Santiago Canyon to respond.
On the 34th minute, Santiago Canyon scored the equalizing goal by midfielder Alberto Chavez.
Although the game was defined within the first 45 minutes, ELAC still created opportunities for the goal in the second half.
In a combination between forwards Valentin Mercado and Carlos Salinas, ELAC was able to challenge Santiago Canyon’s goalie Ulises Serafin.
There were a couple of long distance shots that resulted in missed goals.
ELAC had the majority of the possession of the ball during the second half.
Just minutes away from the referee to blowing his whistle to end the game, ELAC midfielder Alexis Cubias saw a yellow card after committing a foul against Santiago Canyon’s midfielder Kyle Pizano.
Within seconds after booking Cubias, a red card was shown to defender Adrian Sanchez after he kicked the ball off the field, which the linesman referee saw as an act of aggression.
“The guy is clearing the ball I don’t think he is aiming for the referee, which is what the linesman referee thought,” said Ricardo Raygoza.
ELAC coaches believe the red card was unnecessary due to the fact that Sanchez was just clearing the ball.
This match marked the second tie and the last game of preseason, however, coaches are concerned with their offense.
The South Coast Conference play starts on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and coaches are working on strengthening the offense.
According to assistant coach Ricardo Raygoza, it is the area where ELAC struggles the most.
“We are lacking someone or a group of guys that are more lethal towards the goal,” said Raygoza. ELAC finished preseason having scored seven goals in eight matches. This is an average of at least one goal per match.
During the preseason, Raygoza saw the team’s overall improvement in each game.
The only loss they suffered was in the previous game against Orange Coast College.
With new faces in the team, ELAC hopes to do better this season.ELAC began its regular season on Tuesday, Sept. 29, with a 2-0 win against Los Angeles Harbor College at the Weingart Stadium at 4 p.m.
The Huskies will face South Coast Conference powerhouse rivals Mt. San Antonio College this Friday at Hillmore Lodge Stadium
The Huskies hope to repeat last season’s upset when they beat Mt. Sac with a score of 2-1.