By Liliana Marquez
After a struggling preseason, where they only won two out of five games, the East Los Angeles College men’s soccer team scored a 2-0 victory over Long Beach City College yesterday at Weingart Stadium during the South Coast Conference opener.
Husky Billy Campos scored the 2 – 0 during minute 69 – after receiving an assist from teammate Julio Carmona – leaving the Vikings unable to come from behind.
“We knew it was going to be tough, but it was a fresh start for us. It’s good since this is the first game in conference play, and this is one of the hardest conferences of the area. So, it’s great to get our first win.
“It’s good to start with a win. From here on we have to keep going, stay strong and do our best,” Campos said.
The Huskies opened the score two minutes into the first half when Ivan Vasquez gave a pass to Jose Garcia-Aranda who beat LBCC’s defense and goalkeeper, allowing him to score the 1-0.
“It was a good game. We had a lot of opportunities, but we couldn’t score. The team is looking good. Preseason was not that great, but we just have to keep working.” Garcia-Aranda said.
LBCC fought and tried to score, but the outstanding performance of ELAC’s defense and goalkeeper Salvador Falcon prevented them from sending the ball in.
“They (ELAC’s defense) were superb. They were always there, marking and clearing every ball. That was what helped us in counterattacks,” Campos said.
“At first it was kind of difficult because he was coming out a little late, but for the second half he took care of that. He did a lot of great saves,” said Campos about Falcon’s performance.
Both Campos and Garcia-Aranda wanted to go for the brace during the second half, but ELAC missed more than four clear chances to score.
ELAC’s Head Coach Eddie Flores said that the result was a good thing for the team because they have had a tough season and that the team still has a lot to work on.
“My biggest issue is that we should have won this game 6-0 or 5-0. We have players who are just not used to this style of play, but we are going to work on it during practice,” Flores said.
The Huskies will travel to Pasadena City College on Friday, where they will face the Lancers at 3 p.m. PCC is also looking for its second SCC victory after defeating El Camino City College yesterday on the road.