MONTEREY PARK, CA — The East Los Angeles College men’s soccer team won its first game of the season with a 2-0 shutout against Mira Costa College.
The Huskies improve to 1-3-3 overall in non-conference play. Mira Costa falls to 0-4-2.
“The team worked faithful to be proactive and put it to the game. They stuck to the game plan,” said ELAC Assistant Coach Ricardo “Kike” (pr. Ki-keh) Raygoza. “We improved our lack of experience to finish this game and can continue to win as long as we continue to play what we practice and not shy away.”
The Huskies opened the score with a goal in the 28th minute from sophomore defender Javier “Javi” Gutierrez who sent a perfect floater (assist by sophomore midfielder Jorge Chavez, Cathedral HS) over the Mira Costa freshman goalkeeper Luis Briseno.
Also in the first half, ELAC freshman midfielder Luis Alvarado (Elizabeth Learning Center) scored the Huskies’ second goal, a cross, assisted by Chavez.
In the second half, Mira Costa sophomore midfielder Yan Guimaraes Pereira De Moraes, a transfer from Salvador, Brazil / Colegio Antonio Vietra, was awarded a penalty kick.
ELAC freshman goalkeeper Joshua Moreno (Montebello HS) blocked the attempt. Moreno recorded six saves in the shut out win.
ELAC had 16 shots, two each from Gutierrez, Alvarado, sophomore forward Cesar Alvarez (Bell Gardens HS), freshman forward Angel Escobar (Schurr HS), sophomore defender Francisco Gomez (Bell Gardens HS), freshman midfielder Andres Martinez (Santiago, Chile / Tabancura HS) and freshman midfielder Rigoberto Padilla (Locke HS).
Also one sot attempt each from Chavez and freshman midfielder Adriel Dominguez (Montebello HS).
The Huskies had four shots on goal, two from Gutierrez and one each from Alvarez and Alvarado. Mira Costa had six shots on goal, two from Pereira De Moraes.
“This was the first win of the season and it feels really good,” said Gutierrez. “On Monday, we start again, to prepare for each game as they come.”
The Huskies play at Glendale Community College (4-3) on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
ELAC and Glendale have played two common opponents. The Huskies tied Santa Ana College (5-0-2), who defeated Glendale 5-0. Glendale defeated LA Harbor (2-3-1) 1-0. ELAC tied Harbor 3-3 with a late rally scoring two goals in the 80th and 82nd minutes.
submitted by Tadzio Garcia