Men’s soccer falls to Santa Barbara Community College

By Marc Anthony Martinez

A 2-1 loss against Santa Barbara Community College on Friday resulted despite the Huskies’ last-minute hustle.

The Huskies one goal came at the end of the first half when Anco Veiga passed it to Matthew Cortez, who scored.

The game was physical as there were seven yellow cards given. 

Three went to the Huskies and four were given to Santa Barbara. 

There were a total of 27 fouls in the game, with 14 of them on the Huskies.

 In an attempt to run out the clock at the 90-minute mark, Santa Barbara goalkeeper Marco Rotundo took off his shin guards and threw them behind the net. 

This took a couple of minutes, but the referee waited for Rotunda to put his shin guards back on. 

The referee added two more minutes to the extra time.

The Huskies had several late game shots on goal but were unable to capitalize on any of them.

The team ended with 11 shots on goal to Santa Barbara’s 17. 

Santa Barbara’s first goal came from a penalty kick. 

A breakdown in the defense led to Santa Barbara getting their second goal of the game.

“I headed the ball out and there was a gap in the middle, and they (Santa Barbara) got the ball and shot it,” Cristian Arana said. 

“We were on them, we just couldn’t convert. That’s part of the game,” Eddie Flores, head coach, said. 

He said the team played better tthan they’ve played during the season.

Assistant coach Juan Aguiniga thought it was a win for them despite the loss.

He said the team showed character with how they managed to hustle and stay in the game being down by one.

“I think for us, going into conference play, this motivates us even though it’s a loss.

 “It’s those types of losses that you learn a lot from your team,” Aguiniga said.

 Flores is looking forward to the start of conference play where he feels they can do well. 

“This year we have people that can put the ball in the net,” Flores said. 

The team will focus on conference play now, where the games start to matter a little more to make a run for playoffs. 

The team has high expectations moving forward.

“The win didn’t come today, but if we play this game like the other games, things are going to be good,” defender Gabriel Nascunento said.

Their next game is at home against Rio Hondo on Friday at 2 p.m.

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