Women’s soccer team aims at playoff hopes after tie

By Noe Ortega

With a goal from sophomore forward Perla Navarro in the first half, the Huskies drew 1-1 at Los Angeles Harbor College on Friday. 

East Los Angeles College sophomore forwards Crystal Gonzalez and Navarro connected one minute before halftime to score the Huskies’ only goal. 

Gonzalez received the ball from the midfield and did a give-and-go with Navarro that gave her a one-on-one with Harbor’s goalkeeper. 

The goalkeeper blocked the first shot, but she wasn’t able to hold onto the ball.

 It allowed Navarro to get the rebound and easily score to tie the game. 

With Friday’s tie, the Huskies have been unbeaten in the last three games with one win and two draws. Overall, ELAC has two wins, seven losses and four draws. 

The Huskies’ next game will be another South Coast Conference game as ELAC visits Pasadena City College on Friday at 4 p.m. 

Harbor had chance after chance to close the game out with seven shots in the first half and three shots in the second half, but was blocked by ELAC freshman goalkeeper Anahi De Leon. 

De Leon was beaten in minute 38 after Harbor was awarded a freekick. The ball was crossed in and it hit the post, but De Leon wasn’t able to win it in the air and Harbor midfielder Alexa Gallardo headed the ball in to take the lead. 

Harbor continued to attack after scoring the first goal. Harbor defender Yarellie Galindo took a shot from outside the box that De Leon saved to keep the game at 1-0. 

A minute later, De Leon blocked a one-on-one from Harbor attacker Jessica Ruth Martin. De Leon finished with five saves.

Harbor women’s soccer head coach Art Caballero said, “We played a good game. We controlled the tempo and most of the possession.

“That is our style and we like to keep possession. We try to control the game by always attacking and moving the ball.”

Harbor dominated most of the second half with possession of the ball and shots taken, but 15 minutes into the second half ELAC started to put more pressure on Harbor and forced them to fall back on defense.

“The team was very organized and played with great effort and focus. We didn’t get frustrated, we kept our composure as ELAC defended our relentless attack.

“It is something we try to work on every game,” said Caballero.  

“Sometimes soccer is that way. You can control and dominate the game, but sometimes the ball does not want to go in the net.

“Great effort by the ELAC defense and the goalkeeper for keeping us just to one goal. We had several chances to score, but (we) couldn’t find the back of the net,” said Caballero.

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