Men’s soccer out of playoffs despite win

can’t touch the ball—East Los Angeles College sophomore forward Rene Sanchez tries to cover the ball to keep the possession as Los Angeles Harbor College sophomore forward Ruben Salas attempts to steal it at yesterday’s 2-0 Husky win at Weingart Stadium. CN: Kevin Camargo

By Jerry Flores

Men’s Soccer defeated Los Angeles Harbor College yesterday in a conference game at Weingart Stadium with a final score of 2-0.

The first goal came in the second half when Huskies freshman midfielder Alexis Arroyo dribbled the ball from the left side of the field to the center, passing it to freshman forward Kevin Flores Silva, who controlled the ball, dribbled a defender to score from inside the penalty box.

“I felt amazing because I had back to back injuries and by scoring I feel that I contributed something to the team,” said Silva.

I’m glad that I helped the team  win this game. I’m grateful for the coaches because they believed in me and it motivates me to try my best every game.”

The game was fought in the midfield before East Los Angeles College scored.

“Both teams were fighting back and forth. We had five opportunities in the first half and two in the second, but we couldn’t score. If we can’t score we can’t win,” said L.A. Harbor head coach Bill Barlow.

After Huskie’s goal, the team seemed more confident and continued attacking to increase the score.

The second goal for ELAC was scored by freshman forward Jowad Abraham, who took the ball in the right wing, dribbled two defender, and scored from inside the penalty box.

“I’m really happy because I scored the second goal, which helped us secure the win. We played really well today, especially in the second half, where we were able to score the opportunities we had,” said Abraham. 

For most of the game, Huskies defense blocked dangerous passes, making it hard for L.A. Harbor to get clear opportunities to score. 

“The defense was a lot more compact today. They were talking more to each other and it helped us not to receive goals,” said Huskies assistant head coach Ramon Rivas    

Two players saw a yellow card in the game.

Husky freshman defender Jose Rosales was given a yellow card because he slid violently from the back of a player.

L.A. Harbor freshman midfielder Christopher Martinez received the other card after he elbowed a player. 

Before this win, the Huskies were winless.

They lost two games and tied two.

“We were unable to win the past four games and getting this win will drive us to be hungry and go out to try to win the next game. I feel that this game really helped us grow as a team,” said Silva.

The team will not make it to the playoffs this year according to Huskies head coach Eddie Flores.

ELAC is 5-11-4 overall and 1-4-2 in the South Coast Conference-North play. The team’s last  game of the season will be Friday at home against Mount. San Antonio  College at 4 p.m. 

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