By Dan Gudino
Women’s soccer scored a tying goal in the second half to come out with a 1-1 draw at home against Pasadena City College yesterday.
East Los Angeles College has struggled all year to finish games, tying or losing by a single score in 10 of their 20 games this season.
Coming into the game against Pasadena, ELAC head coach Tessa Troglia said the Huskies were overconfident because of its 3-0 win against PCC in Oct. 7.
“We came out sluggish because we knew we beat this team the last time. I knew the girls knew this and it was fairly easy the last time. We came out like we knew we were going to win,” Troglia said.
The equalizing goal from the Huskies was the highlight of the game.
ELAC sophomore Kremlin Perez fired a long 40-yard shot over the head of the Pasadena goalie for the tie in the 32nd minute of the second half.
ELAC is 2-15-6 in the season, and the coaches say they blame its poor season on inexperience.
“With such a young group, I don’t think we had enough experience to really compete. We were in every game this season. It seemed like we went into the half of every single game tied at zero, zero. This season is definitely a learning experience,” Troglia said.
Troglia said the realignment from the South Coast Conference to the South Coast-North Conference was another reason for the poor season.
This is the first year we realigned in this new tough conference. It’s a very tough conference and we had a very tough preseason. This young team took it hard,” Troglia said.
Out of the 25 players listed on the roster, 11 are sophomores.
Pasadena’s lone goal came toward the end of the first half when the ELAC defense was caught standing, and a through pass on the ground went past the Husky defense for a wide open shot on goal scored by forward Isabel Diaz.
The game went without any action for the majority of the game. ELAC had four shots on goal in the first half and three on goal in the second half.
ELAC will be on the road for its season finale at Mount San Antonio College (7-7-3) on Friday at p.m.