By Diego Linares
Men’s soccer lost 2-1 in a matchup where they controlled possession of the ball at Chaffey College yesterday.
East Los Angeles College started the game intent on scoring goals. The offensive attack was effective in penetrating the opposing team’s defense, but was unable to come up with a score.
“There were three goals we could’ve had there. It could’ve been 3-0. I think we played well at times, but those three (attempted) goals in the beginning are tough,” ELAC head coach Eddie Flores said.
Chaffey retaliated by scoring two consecutive goals, both by sophomore forward Adrian Moreno. One of the scores came off a penalty kick lobbed over the ELAC goalkeeper midway through the first half.
ELAC did not let up on the offensive attack once down, and managed a goal before the half was over to keep hopes alive. The lone ELAC goal was scored by freshman Juan Carlos Garcia in the last minute of the first half off a pass from teammate sophomore Jorge Chavez.
In the second half, ELAC consistently moved the ball upfield, but were unable to finish. All the while, Chaffey looked to get control of the ball.
“They were better than us overall. We had a couple opportunities in the first half we were able to put away, and that ends up being the difference. You scrape it out at the end, weather the storm, and come away with a 2-1 victory,” Chaffey head coach Ben Cooper said.
ELAC’s next game is against conference opponent Rio Hondo College this Friday at Weingart Stadium at 6 p.m.