By Stephanie Guevara
A defensive lapse in the second half left men’s soccer short of a victory against Mount San Antonio College, resulting in a 3-0 lost on Friday.
East Los Angeles College began the game strong, beating Mt. Sac in quickness at moments in the wings.
Defensive errors however, distorted ELAC’s flow and Mt. Sac took advantage.
In minute 28 of the game, Mt.Sac sophomore midfielder Sam Ponting took the ball from the right wing to have a one-on-one encounter with ELAC sophomore goalkeeper Joshua Moreno, but gave a pass to freshman forward Jose Santoyo, who was alone, to score.
“It was a very competitive first half. ELAC did a very good job defensively. We were forced to get that goal. I don’t know if they got tired, but that gave us more opportunities to score,” Mt.Sac head coach Juan Sanchez said.
Mt. Sac almost scored its second goal a fews minutes later from a defensive error by ELAC freshman midfielder Jose Abel Mancilla Tinoco. Mt.Sac freshman midfielder Kraig Bonanken recovered the ball and passed it to Ponting to score, but the attempt failed.
“It’s those moment where you have a lapse, when the temple changes. But I thought we did good in the first half,” ELAC head coach Eddie Flores said.
The Huskies have lost games in the same fashion previously, which players consider to be unlucky.
“I guess that’s just our luck. I feel like we’ve just been very unlucky. We have the team to go very far and do well, but luck hasn’t been on our side,” ELAC sophomore forward Edward Robles said.
In minute 52, Santoyo scored Mt.Sac’s second goal off of a deflection. Santoyo scored the third goal for a hat trick.
ELAC made some substitution that slightly woke up the offense.
ELAC sophomore winger Luis Alvarado was subbed in, creating more offensive opportunities for the Huskies.
In minute 72, in a corner kick by Robles, ELAC freshman midfielder Edy Martinez passed the ball to Alvarado to score, but Mt. Sac sophomore goalkeeper Edwyn Gutierrez blocked the shot.
“Not scoring in correct moments is still haunting us. I don’t think we had a bad game. I think we had a good game,” ELAC assistant coach Ricardo Raygoza said.
Toward the end of the game, Mt. Sac had several shots on goal, some of which were blocked by Moreno, surprising a disorganized ELAC defense.
According to Raygoza and Robles, the game’s final score doesn’t reflect on the team’s performance throughout the game.
“The score doesn’t do us justice on how we played. We did pretty good,” Robles said.
ELAC won Rio Hondo College 2-1 yesterday on an away game
They now move to second place of the South Coast-North Conference. The Huskies next game is on Friday at home against Pasedena City College at 2 p.m.