Women’s soccer ends below-average season

By Oscar Martines

The fall season comes to an end and for the women’s soccer team, it’s a season they hope to forget.

For a third straight season, the Huskies ended with a losing record, only bettering their previous two seasons’ records by one win.

This season also marks the most goals they’ve scored in the past three seasons, with 11 goals. 

One of the highlights of the season was goalkeeper Karen Chen, who despite receiving many goals during the course of the season, was a major factor in keeping the Huskies in some of the games and preventing them from suffering major losses.

The Huskies opened the season with a 2-1 victory over West LA College, with the two goals coming from forward Abigail Ruiz.

What should’ve been the beginning of a hot start for the Huskies ended with the Huskies failing to win any of their games for the rest of the season up until the very last game.

The Huskies were winless in their next three games, losing 3-0 to Irvine Valley College, 9-0 to LA Pierce College, and 6-0 to College of the Desert.

The Huskies found the back of the net once again against Glendale Community College.

Midfielder Isabella Ramos scored the first goal of the game before Glendale found the equalizer to take home a 1-1 draw.

Still early in the season and despite a losing record, the Huskies attempted to keep their heads up and give it all they had before the start of conference play.

What followed was a 12-game losing streak that included nine games where the Huskies failed to score a single goal.

After the draw against Glendale, midfielder Katherine Flores added her name to list of the Huskies who scored during the season. 

Flores’ goal wasn’t enough to push the team forward as the Huskies lost 5-1 at San Bernardino Valley College.

The Huskies went on another scoreless run as they suffered three straight losses.

The final game before the start of conference play began the three-game losing streak as they fell 3-0 to Norco College.

The first two games of conference play ended in defeat for the Huskies as they lost 3-0 to Cerritos College and 7-0 to Rio Hondo College.

In one of the Huskies’ tightest games of the season, the Huskies headed to Compton College in search of their first win 

Compton took a 3-0 lead in the 84th minute before the Huskies attempted a comeback.

With a few minutes left in the game, forward Sasha Lopez scored twice in three minutes to give the Huskies a small chance of tying the game.

The equalizer would not arrive as Compton edged out over the Huskies 3-2.

The Huskies began yet another scoreless streak as they failed to find the back of the net for 5 straight games.

The Huskies took a 9-0 defeat to El Camino College followed by a 4-0 loss at LA Harbor College.

The Huskies’ next game was at LA City College, a team that was winless up until that point.

Against the worst team of the conference, the Huskies played one of their best games of the season but were unable to walk away with the win, with LA City College taking a 1-0 victory.

The Huskies suffered their worst loss of the season at home against Long Beach City College. 

With the opposing team handing the Huskies a 10-0 defeat.

Pasadena City College would be responsible for handing the Huskies another defeat as they took a 4-0 victory at home.

In the final game of conference play, Ruiz found the opening goal for the Huskies against LA Harbor to give the team an early lead.

LA Harbor responded with eight unanswered goals to put the team well on top.

Ramos scored the second goal of the game for the Huskies, but LA Harbor responded with one more goal to give them the 9-2 victory over the Huskies.

In the first round of the South Coast Conference Tournament, LA Harbor thrashed the Huskies 8-0 to hand ELAC an early exit.     

In the seventh place game, the Huskies were on the winning side as they took care of LA City College in a 3-0 victory.

The Huskies ended the season with a record of 2-15-1.

The last time the Huskies had a winning season was back in 2015, where they had a 10-7-4 record.

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