Men’s soccer team loses fifth game in a row

By Miguel Dominguez

East Los Angeles College soccer team lost to Compton 4-1 and are winless in their last five games. 

They have allowed 12 goals and only scored two in those games and allowed three goals in the first half, and scored late in the second half.

The Huskies started the game with three defenders in the starting lineup. 

This gave Compton a lot of one-on-one with the Husky defensive players. 

Compton took advantage of the defense with the speed from their attackers. 

Compton forward Jhonatan Baltazar beat Husky defender Erik Sandoval, with his speed, on a loose ball in the box. 

Sandoval had no choice but to shove Baltazar with his shoulder dropping Baltazar to the ground. 

The referee called a penalty. Sandoval did not receive a card but gave Compton its first goal. 

Compton midfielder Juan Macias scored the goal and gave Compton the lead 1-0, 17 minutes into the game. 

Macias leads the team in goals with nine on the season.

The Huskies had a chance to score first, but Compton goalkeeper Isaac Estrada blocked two back-to-back shots from Husky forward Erik Romero two minutes before Compton scored their first goal. 

That was the only time in the half where Estrada had any activity in the game.

The second goal for Compton came in the 25th minute. 

Husky defender Joaquin Toledo looked to have the ball easily but tried to control the ball with his chest. 

The ball passed by Toledo gave Baltazar possession of the ball and one-on-one with the keeper. Baltazar shot the ball to the far post leaving the keeper on his feet. Compton led 2-0 with 20 minutes left in the half.

The third goal came 10 minutes later. Baltazar scored his second goal of the game beating the defenders and the keeper inside the box. 

Baltazar shot the ball over the keeper’s sliding legs giving Compton a 3-0 lead. 

This was the last goal in the half.

After the third goal, the Huskies seemed to lose their motivation. 

The coaches talked to their players about playing with passion if they wanted to get back in the game. 

The defense did show improvement for the majority of the half before allowing the last goal in the game. 

The offense was nowhere near to tying the game.  

Compton had 10 fouls and the Huskies had six fouls in the first half. 

Four fouls by each team were committed in the second half. Six yellow cards in the game, five for the Huskies and one for Compton. 

Husky player Daniel Mora received two yellow cards which the referee sent him off with a red card. 

Mora and one of the Compton players went for a loose ball aggressively. 

The Compton player got the worst of it as he went to the ground and landed on the track, just outside the field. The Compton player was not injured and continued to play.

The Huskies played better in the second half after being down a player, with more control of the ball and creating chances on offense. 

They just couldn’t get the final pass through any of the forwards. 

The Husky defense managed to only allow one goal after the red card. 

The goal was scored by defender Briant Hernandez.This gave Compton a 4-0 lead. 

The Huskies got on the scoreboard in the last minutes of the game. Romero scored inside the box and was assisted by midfielder Gilman Trejo. 

Romero had a tight window with two defenders and the keeper to beat. 

Romero managed to get his shot off and went toward the upper corner of the net for the Huskies’ only score. 

The game ended 4-1. The Huskies will play at El Camino College on Friday. The game starts at 4 p.m.

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