By Erik Luna
The women’s soccer team handed No. 6 Mt. San Antonio College their first loss in South Coast Conference play last Friday getting revenge from their 3-0 loss to the Mounties on Oct. 2.
As a result of East Los Angeles College’s 4-1 rout, the Huskies are now ranked No. 18 statewide while Mt. SAC fell to No. 8 in the rankings.
ELAC stands 6-6-5 overall, 3-4-3 in the SCC while Mt. SAC is 12-2-3 and 6-1-3.
The Huskies will square off tomorrow at Cerritos College and against Compton College this Friday at Weingart Stadium.
With almost two weeks without a win, the Huskies took control of the game early on. Husky Jane Song popped the ball over Mt. SAC’s goalkeeper Meghan Droog for ELAC’s first goal of the game.
“Even though they are winning, we have to get the ball back in there, keep it away from them and win,” screamed the head coach of Mt. SAC Melinda Bowen at one of her players.
Mt. SAC answered with a goal by Nicole Huyler.
Several minutes later the Huskies were awarded their first corner kick, which allowed Husky Sonia Gramajo to score with a header past Droog.
Mt. SAC put forward a tough defense the rest of the game, yet the Huskies offense proved too much.
Mt. SAC was awarded a corner kick and made a goal near the 63 minute mark.
The referee however threw it out because players from Mt. SAC were caught pushing the Husky goalkeeper Belen Rodriguez.
During the last few minutes of the game, the Huskies put all their effort into their defense yet still were able to score two goals.
Vanessa Lizarraga was able to kick the ball towards Mt. SAC’s goalposts, when Droog, attempting to block the shot, crashed into Lizarraga’s legs and took her out.
Lizarraga scored the third Husky goal. She left the game injured.
After a few seconds of scuffling for the ball in the Huskies midfield, ELAC’s Jessica Guzman was able to take the ball and rush towards Mt. SAC’s midfield passing to teammate Natasha Witzl.
Witzl scored, off an assist by Guzman, with a header whizzing past both Droog and Jacqueline Eaves of Mt. SAC.
“Natasha has been wanting to score for a while now, and when I saw that she scored I was taken aback,” Guzman said. It was Witzl’s first goal of the season.
“This game was touch-and-go for a bit. It wasn’t until those last two goals in the end that I knew the ladies had it,” Assistant Coach Richard Coria said. “It was their hustle that made the difference in the end,” he concluded.