By Noe Ortega
A disallowed goal by the referee and men’s soccer’s lack of offensive presence, resulted in an away loss, 2-1, to El Camino College on Friday.
“We played horrible. This is the worst we’ve ever played out of seven games,” sophomore midfielder William Morse said.
In minute 76, the Huskies had a goal disallowed after a corner kick from Morse was crossed into the penalty box, that sophomore attacker Valentin Mercado scored.
According to the linesman, the ball went out of the field and then went back in before Mercado’s goal.
Morse said the ball never went outside of the line and if it would’ve gone out, he would’ve owned up to his actions and accepted the referee’s call.
ELAC was down by two goals and furious after the referee disallowed its goal.
In minute 83 El Camino sophomore goalkeeper Cesar Amezcua committed an error after kicking the ball outside of the penalty box too late, which resulted in an indirect free kick for ELAC.
Freshman midfielder Jerson Maravilla stepped up and scored the Huskies first goal of the game by beating El Camino’s defensive wall with a low shot to the bottom right corner.
ELAC freshman defender Salvador Alvarez came off of the field in minute 80 so that sophomore midfielder Gustavo Silva can come back on the field. As he walked off the field, Alvarez was given a red card for “abusive language” toward El Camino players.
The Huskies had 19 shots in total. Out of the 19, five were on target. Maravilla had three of them.
El Camino scored its first goal in minute 25 off of a corner kick where freshman midfielder Abraham Younis and sophomore defender Zachary Franco headed the ball toward each other.
Franco left space for sophomore attacker Jason Santana to score.
ELAC sophomore goalkeeper Joshua Moreno had a good start.
After El Camino was awarded a penalty in minute eight, Moreno made a save with his feet and kept the score 0-0.
Before the first half could end, in minute 44, Moreno had the ball and tried to give a short pass to freshman defender Yahir Olea.
The ball was intercepted by El Camino sophomore attacker Yushi Kato and scored to make it 2-0.
“It’s a lack of concentration from my part. I could’ve capitalized better, but mistakes happen. It’s soccer and things happen,” said Moreno.
ELAC made substitutions in the second half by switching out sophomore defender Agustin Barros, Mercado, and Moreno.
The Huskies brought on Silva, sophomore attacker Andy Benitez, and freshman goalkeeper Luis Angel Alvarez to reinforce the midfield for a more offensive team.
“Some players just didn’t want to play, we’ve been down more than 2-0, we’ve been down 3-0 and we’ve came back. Today I thought it was going to be different, but some players just didn’t want to play. Our heads were down and that was pretty much it,” said Morse.
ELAC won its eighth game of the season yesterday against Long Beach City College 2-0 with two late goals from sophomore forward Edward Robles and freshman forward Kevin Rodriguez.
The Huskies next game is on Friday against SCC-North competitors at Mount San Antonio College at 6 p.m.