Women’s soccer loses playoff spot

Attack—East Los Angeles College forward Perla Navarro runs after the ball in a 4-0 away game loss to Chaffey College on Friday. CN: Noe Ortega

By Noe Ortega

Women’s soccer playoff hopes come to an end after a 4-0 loss against undefeated conference rivals Chaffey College in an away game on Friday.

The Huskies are winless in their last four games, with two draws and two losses.

If East Los Angeles College wins its next two games and Mount San Antonio College loses its next two games, the Huskies can finish third in the South Coast Conference- North.

However, they will  still be out of contention to qualify for playoffs.

Chaffey dominated through the entire game in possession of the ball and shots on goal.

The Huskies most active player was sophomore goalkeeper Adriana Huerta who finished with six saves, most of which came from one-on-one plays, but she also made an error in the fourth goal.

ELAC freshman defender Ashley Castro had the ball in front of her and Huerta came near her to pick it up.

As Castro was  pressured by Chaffey’s offense, Huerta tried to move the ball with her feet, but it was taken away by Chaffey freshman defender Janet Soto to have an easy touch in and score the fourth goal of the match.

“Nobody’s mind was there. We weren’t in the game and we just didn’t want to be here because everybody was just off,” said Huerta.

Chaffey freshman midfielder Karla Garcia-Limon was the best player on the field as she scored two goals and gave an assist.

She scored the first goal two minutes into the game off an assist from sophomore forward Kylie Covington, and got an assist 20 minutes after.

Off of a corner kick for Chaffey, Garcia-Limon crossed the ball to the near post and sophomore defender Taylor Windham out jumped ELAC’s defense to double the lead.

“We came out knowing it wasn’t going to be an easy game. We came out with the intensity that we needed to win. ELAC has historically been a competitive team and we didn’t come into this game thinking that it wasn’t going to be a fight from them,” said Chaffey head coach Grace Cooper.

The Huskies tried to attack to take control of the game, but Chaffey’s defense was  impenetrable.

ELAC freshman forward Perla Navarro was the only player to be able to take a shot at Chaffey’s goalkeeper, but was still unable to score.

Navarro leads the South Coast Conference-North in goals with 13.

The Huskies will look to finish their season strong on Friday at ELAC when they go up against conference rivals Mount San Antonio College at 2 p.m.

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