Men’s soccer remain undefeated so far

Hat Trick— Sophomore midfielder Luis Alvarado kicks his third goal of the day past the Los Angeles Harbor College goalie. c/n Joseph Dargan

By Michael Dominguez

Men’s soccer ended in a 1-1 draw due to two penalty in the same fashion against Orange Coast College on Friday at the Weingart Stadium.

Orange Coast came out fired to start the game as  took a shot but went over the crossbar.

ELAC came back with a shot from freshman midfielder Edy Martinez in the 26th minute of the game, but Orange Coast goalkeeper blocked it.

Husky sophomore  goalkeeper Joshua  Moreno had a busy first half with three saves.

The Huskies applied pressure to create many corner kicks and chances to score.

They had a total of 18 shots and nine were on goal.

In the 30th minute ELAC shot a corner in the keeper’s area where sophomore forward Valentin Mercado hit a header that an Orange Coast defender block with his hands.

ELAC was awarded a penalty kick that sophomore captain and defender Agustin Barros scored to put the Huskies in the lead.

Toward the end of the first half Orange Coast almost tied the game, but  Moreno stopped them with a save.

Assistant Coach  Ricardo Raygoza said the team had been practicing corner kicks to generate more opportunities of goals.  “We practiced a play yesterday and tried  to perfect it and get a goal out of it,” Raygoza said.

ELAC Midfield  freshman  Edwin Vasquez had his own ,shot but missed wide in the 38 minute   Sophomore  midfielder  Luis Alvarado had a miss of his own moments later.

Sophomore midfielder William Morse and freshman forward Kevin Rodriguez generated many opportunities for the team to increase their lead. Rodriguez and Morse each had three shots on goal out of the nine that the Huskies had during the game.

In the 60th minute of the game Barros committed a penalty by blocking a header from Orange Coast, which tied the game 1-1.

“Our handball that was called was clearly not one because it wasn’t  delvert or anything,” ELAC coach Andy said. With 15 minutes to go the game was more intense with  time running out to find a game winner.

ELAC had the chance to win the game with four minutes left.  Sophomore forward  Andy Benitez had a clear one-on-one chance against  Orange Coast goalkeeper, but his shot was blocked.

Moments later  sophomore  defensive captain Jorge Mejia and freshman midfielder  Jerson Maravilla  crashed with each other with three minutes left in game causing a break in the action for medical attention.

“We should’ve won the game. It feels like a defeat,  Andy said.  Barros said the game was difficult and that the team had to improve scoring. “We need to be strong at home. Today we tied, but we need to focus on the next game,” Barros said

ELAC   won its game yestrday   by a score of 6-2 to continue its perfect season at 4-0-3 played this season.

Alvarado scored a hattrick and provided an assist.

Sophomore midfielder Edward Robles had three assists in the game.

“It was just some what unexpected yeah you have to expect every ball and be at the right position at the right the moment. I felt like it took me a bit but thankfully god was on my side to be in that precise moment,”  said Alvarado after the game.

They continue their undefeated season on the road at Glendale College Tuesday night at 7pm.

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