Men’s soccer forces a draw

 

BY Stephanie Guevara

In a game where both teams fought fiercely, the men’s soccer team ended the game with a 1-1 draw against El Camino College Compton Center at Weingart Stadium on Oct. 16.

Freshman goalkeeper Brian Paredes suffered a concussion that will leave him on a seven-day rest.  Paredes collided with ECC winger Obed Romero.

“I get headaches here and there but I feel better now. I’m cleared to play hopefully on Tuesday,” said Paredes.

The six yellow cards that were given reflect the intense atmosphere of the game.  Four Husky players received a yellow card.

It was until the second half where ELAC turned the game around in its favor.

ELAC freshman forward Martin Oregal scored the equalizing goal off a corner kick. Freshman midfielder Hugo Flores provided the assist.

ECC freshman forward Francisco Ramirez opened the score on the   21st minute of the game to spice up the atmosphere.

Right after Compton scored, ELAC started to attack more and complicated the goalkeeper in various attempts.

As both teams fought for a victory, ELAC freshman forward Valentin Mercado complicated the game for ECC defense, Mercado recorded six shots on goal.

One of Mercado’s shot forced sophomore ECC goalkeeper  Roberto Garcia to slightly touch the ball out for a corner kick.

ELAC and ECC’s performance amused both head coaches.

According to ECC Head Coach Jose Garcia, ELAC is always a difficult team to face at Weingart stadium because they always count on the support of their audience.

“It was tough. It is always hard to beat them in their field, but what I like about them the most is that they bring a lot of crowds,which makes the game more alive and that is a big plus for them,” said Garcia.

Flores was surprised with Compton’s  performance and believes that the goal they scored was due to one minimal error that ELAC made.

“I didn’t think Compton was that good of a team. To be honest, I thought we controlled the game. We controlled 90 percent of the game and they were lucky. We had one minimal error and they turned it around,” said Flores.

ELAC players believe that within each game, they have increased their attempts at  goal.

According to Oregal, the team still has to create more opportunities of goal.

“We are getting the shots; we just have to put them in. Before we wouldn’t shoot as much, but we now shoot at least 20 times,” said Oregal.

ELAC is now 2-2-3 in the season with seven games remaining.

Men’s soccer team plays away at Los Angeles Harbor College  (3-9-2) on Friday at 6 p.m. in a Southern Coast Conference game.

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