By Jordan Elias
Women’s soccer lost 1-0 against Los Angeles Harbor College at home last Friday, after failing to score on many situations.
“I’m frustrated about this game. That was the first time that they win. I think that we went down to their playing level and this is the reason why we lost today,” sophomore midfielder Stephanie Rojas said.
East Los Angeles College had not lost in its last five games. The weather during the game was hot, more than 90 degrees, but Rojas believed that it was not an excuse.
“We have training Monday to Friday at this time so we are accustomed to playing with this weather,” Rojas said.
In the first half, ELAC dominated by playing consistent and smart, moving the ball laterally up the field and creating opportunities to score on a Harbor squad.
Head coach Tessa Troglia said that a big problem the team has is finishing plays.
“One of the things that we have to improve is finishing. We have to finish the opportunities that we create,” Troglia said. “I’m disappointed with this game, and against El Camino too. We had to win both and we could not finish the plays. We fight all throughout the game, but at the end of the day, we don’t win.”
In the second half, ELAC kept trying to score, creating opportunities as they did in the first half, but without clear ideas.
Harbor freshman midfielder Xochitl Gonzales scored in the 62nd minute. The left defense moved the ball to the right side and Gonzales controlled the ball before sending it into the right corner of the net with the ELAC goalkeeper unable to reach it.
ELAC freshman Marylin Castanon had a good chance to tie the game in the 70th minutes, but the shot went up off the goal.
“We had to improve finishing. It’s never a team mistake. It’s always individual mistakes,” Rojas said. “We think that because we got scored on we aren’t going to be able to get back in the game.”
Troglia and Rojas both echoed the same sentiment in saying they think that the team has to change the mentality.
“I’m not sure what is going on with the (team) right now, tying more games than winning them. It is a problem. We have to have a winning mentality at finishing the plays that we created,” Troglia said.
Huskies lost yesterday 5-1 at Cerritos College after allowing three goals in the first half.
ELAC now stands 1-10-5 in the season. Next game will be this Friday at 2 p.m. at Weingart Stadium against Chaffey College.