By Stephanie Guevara
Men’s soccer recorded its first win in regular season play by defeating El Camino College 4-0 at home on Friday.
The play of freshman goalkeeper Joshua Moreno was essential in East Los Angeles College’s second clean sheet of the season, having six saves on goal.
“It’s been a long season and we have been working very hard. It feels good to win. I feel like their lucky charm. I don’t want to say I’m the key to the game, but I do feel confident in the back, and the team does as well,” Moreno said.
Sophomore forward Cesar Alvarez opened the scoring for ELAC with two goals early in the first half.
“I feel good, but not because I scored two goals, but because we got the win. After losing and losing, it feels like a new start for us,” Alvarez said.
The first goal came in the 12th minute of game when ELAC freshman left back Salvador Ramirez sent a crossed pass from the left wing to the center, where Alvarez scored a header.
ELAC played differently than other games. This was due to a change in the system of play. In previous games ELAC played with a 1-4-4-2 system,in this game they played 1-4-3-3.
ELAC assistant coach Ricardo Raygoza said he finds this alignment more effective.
“We switched up the system today. We went on the offense. We played with three guys on the top. Our mindset was to attack. Yes we were going to give up some stuff on the wings, but we were set to attack. And the score shows it,” Raygoza said.
Alvarez scored his second goal in the 22nd minute off a pass from freshman midfielder Andres Martinez on an ELAC attack that started on the right wing.
“We came prepared for this game. We came knowing we would play under a new system,” Alvarez said.
ELAC continued its dominant performance in the second half.
Husky sophomore Ernesto Rubalcaba scored the third goal in the 57th minute off an aerial pass from sophomore winger Martin Oregel.
Left back Ramirez led the game in assists as he provided the assist in the fourth goal that ELAC player Jorge Chavez scored.
“We came out and did what we had said we would do. We got this win that we deserved, and that the school deserved. In this game, we had players play in their positions. We stuck to our system and everyone followed through. I think we played with our hearts and our head, Chavez said.
ELAC players said they felt good to win and that the team needed to step it up for the remaining games.
“I think it was a game to win after everything bad that is happening right now. I was good to finally get a win. We just have to keep it up and win,” ELAC midfielder Alvaro Torres said.
ELAC defender Agustin Barros said that the game was intense, but the team performed well overall, and every player put in their part to help get the win.
The Huskies ended in a 1-1 draw on the road at Long Beach City College yesterday. Rubalcaba scored the only goal for ELAC in the 40th minute off a deflection from Long Beach defender Irving Alvarado.