By Noe Ortega
Women’s soccer fell short to El Camino College after a second half comeback attempt ended in a loss on Friday.
“Today was kind of a setback because we’ve been building on momentum in the past couple of games and in this one I think it was just the first goal that we were so caught up surprised that we just put our heads down, there was no fire in today’s game,” said East Los Angeles College freshman defender Ashley Lopez.
The Huskies had a breath of fresh air in minute 50 after freshman attacker Breanna Sandoval received a ball from Lopez in the midfield to set up sophomore attacker Stephanie Galvan.
Galvan took a shot from outside the penalty box and scored ELACs first goal of the game and her fifth of the season.
“I thought we started playing stronger, (after a Husky goal) but then they scored the second goal, that’s when everyone gave up,” said freshman goalkeeper Adriana Huerta.
“A lot of us put our heads down and some of us kept going.”
Two minutes after scoring, Sandoval had a one-on-one that could’ve given ELAC the lead but was denied by El Camino sophomore goalkeeper Isabel Rojas.
Sandoval finished with five shots, three on goal and an assist.
ELAC players put their heads down just two minutes into the game when El Camino sophomore forward Jodie Brennan assisted freshman forward Maddy Simones with a through ball that went past ELACs defense for Simones to score in the top left corner. El Camino had a total of 17 shots.
Eight of them were in the first half when they were up by a goal and had more control of the game.
Fifteen minutes after the Huskies tied the game, freshman forwards Monica Bernardino and Robbin Riggs touched the ball on the left wing of the field to give Riggs space to center the ball so that freshman midfielder Carolyn Medina can swoop in and tap the ball in to give make it 2-1.
“I thought we were going to build off that momentum (after ELACs goal) because I saw everyone lift up their shoulders,” said Lopez.
“I just honestly thought we were going to build off of that, but what happened happened and there’s nothing that we can do now.”
El Camino had the chance to go up by two goals in minute 67, but a double-save by Huerta denied them their third goal.
The Huskies are now on a two-game losing streak after Friday’s loss and sit in last place in the South Coast Conference-North with three losses and a draw.
ELAC’s next game will be away this Friday against Mount San Antonio College in another SCC-North match at 4 p.m.