By Liliana Marquez
The men’s soccer team achieved their fourth consecutive match undefeated on the second half of conference play as they beat the Pasadena City College Lancers last Tuesday at Robinson Stadium with a final score of 6-3.
ELAC’s David Farias displayed a remarkable performance as he scored three of the six goals for the Huskies, an accomplishment that had not happened for the Huskies since 1980. Farias also gave two assists for goal during the match.
Teammate Danny Suarez, who is now the overall top scorer for the Huskies with eight goals in total, was also able to contribute to the Huskies’ victory by scoring two goals. Edwin Fajardo scored one goal, making it his first goal in this season and also in his college career.
The Huskies were able to score five of their six goals during the first 51 minutes of the match, making it difficult for the Lancers to equalize the score and accomplish a victory as locals.
The Huskies took advantage of the mistakes made by the Lancers when Farias was able to intercept a pass, and was able to take a shot, sending the ball in and scoring the third goal for the Huskies. Another mistake that allowed the Huskies to score occurred during minute 47, when the Lancers’ goalkeeper made a mistake and allowed Farias to take a wide and open shot that went directly into the net to give ELAC their fourth goal.
The Huskies’s defense then had some troubles and allowed the Lancers to score three goals, but that was not enough to beat the Huskies. The game ended 6-3 in favor of the Huskies.
This final result gave the Huskies an overall record of 10-4-4 and a record of 5-2-4 on conference play.
David Farias said, “I just did what the coaches told me, which was to be humble, play aggressive, and to shoot and shoot. My priority is for the team to win, even if I don’t play. Accomplishing three goals and two assists felt great, but this is all part of us working as a team.”
Edwin Fajardo said, “After scoring that goal I felt great. I’m very excited because this is my first goal in my college career.” Assitant Coach Felipe Bernal said that the result gives the team a lot of motivation to keep winning and that the players are starting to believe more in themselves and to get in their heads that they can make it all the way to the end.
“Is not a matter of how you start, but a matter of how you finish,” said Bernal. Regarding Farias’ remarkable performance Bernal said, “The kid deserved it. he is living the moment. We tell the players that they need to make the best of it when they have a chance to go on the field. He has showed a great image on practice and also on the field.”