Men’s soccer loses in heartbreak

BY NOE ORTEGA

Staff Writer

The inabilty to finish cost the Huskies a 1-0 home loss with a last-minute goal from Norco College on Friday. 

With Friday’s loss, the Huskies recorded their second loss of the season and have two wins. 

In the 89th minute, Norco midfielder, Alberto Vasquez, made space and laid the ball off for freshman forward, Marco Santos, to cross the ball into the penalty box. 

Norco forward, Gustavo Aguilera was left open and scored the header to give Norco its third win of the season. 

“It’s unfortunate because guys are crying and they’re upset. We dominated the game.” 

BATTLING FOR POSITION— Bogart Bahena (16) fights for the ball against Alfonso Gonzalez on Friday at Weingart Stadium. Bogart Bahena (16) fights for the ball against Alfonso Gonzalez on Friday at Weingart Stadium. CN/ CHRISTOPHER OLIVERAS

“It’s brutal to lose that way in the last two minutes” 

EDDIE FLORES

ELAC Head Coach

East Los Angeles head coach Eddie Flores said, “They had shots, we had shots.”

“We had about five shots that we could’ve put away, but we didn’t,” Eddie Flores. 

Some ELAC players went straight to the locker room with their shirts covering their face out of frustration. 

Flores said that the players need to be held accountable for their own mistakes after a defensive error and missed opportunities cost them the game.

“It’s brutal to lose that way in the last two minutes of the game,”  Flores, said. 

The Huskies had seven shots throughout the game, most of which came in the second half, and only one was on target. 

“It was an intense game. Norco didn’t give us any space.”

“They went after every ball, but our focus needs to be better in the last five minutes of the game,” said ELAC midfielder, Fabrizo Marcia.  

The Huskies had an opportunity to take the lead in the second half after a free -kick was crossed in and after  miscommunication from Norco’s defense allowed ELAC forward, Jowad Abraham, a one-on-one opportunity. 

Norco goalkeeper, Jose Espino blocked the shot with his right foot and sent the ball out for a corner.

“My hat off to Norco. They didn’t give up, but we (could’ve) easily scored five goals but because we couldn’t finish, they punished us,” Flores said 

Norco had two goals disallowed in the first and second half  before scoring the winning goal after two Norco players were called offsides. 

ELAC defender, Hugo Robert was one of its consistent players on the field. 

Robert was winning most of the aerial and one-on-one plays, pushing the defensive line toward the midfield and winning headers on the offense. 

“We had good opportunities to score, but we just didn’t put them away.” 

Marcia said, “We just have to learn from them because, at this level, if we don’t put them away, the teams will punish you. 

“If we make a mistake, then they’re gonna come back and finish the game like they did to us.”

The Huskies next game will be an away game on Friday at 3 p.m. against Cypress College. 

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