MONTEREY PARK, CA — The No. 17-ranked (South Region) East Los Angeles College women’s soccer team won its third-consecutive shutout, a 2-0 South Coast Conference victory against Los Angeles Harbor College.
ELAC sophomore Tara Cofer (Los Altos High School) scored two first half goals, the first from an assist by freshman Maria Gastelum (Roosevelt) and the second off an assist by freshman Lizeth Delgado (Locke).
“(Both) goals came at crucial moments in the game,” said Cofer. “After I scored the first one, our team gained a little more confidence to play forward and more direct. Then the second goal sealed the deal…but we still didn't let up!”
“We kept shooting and making plays up the field that almost resulted in a couple more goals,” said Cofer.
Cofer leads the Huskies with nine goals scored in eight SCC games, two unassisted. She also has three assists.
ELAC has seven wins and two ties in its previous 10 games including a 2-0 victory at Long Beach City College on Oct. 20.
Freshman Leslie Carballo (Bell) scored for the Huskies in the 46th minute (assist Cofer) and Delgado scored in the 61st minute (assist Carballo).
ELAC attempted six shots, which included two each from Cofer, Carballo and Delgado. ELAC freshman goal keeper Penelope Roman (La Serna) had five saves.
“I'm proud of the work my teammates have been putting in on and off the field. We've been working since July and it's finally starting to show right here, right now when it matters the most,” said Cofer.
“As long as we keep pushing ourselves in practice there's no reason why we shouldn't have a shot at winning our conference,” said Cofer.
The Huskies, 7-6-2 overall and 5-1-2 in the SCC, play at third place Mt. San Antonio College (5-8-1, 4-3-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The Huskies defeated Mt. SAC 2-1 at home on Oct. 2.
“Tuesday against Mt. SAC is just another game that will remind us what we are fighting for. We beat them before, we can do it again as long as we stay focused and humble,” said ELAC sophomore Lisa Lopez (La Serna).
“It hasn't been easy but it's not impossible. It's not strength nor intelligence, it's heart, hard work and perseverance. We take it game by game, every one of us. We couldn't do it without each other. We're still the underdogs here. We have one goal and we're going to achieve it,” said Lopez
ELAC will host Pasadena City College (5-8-1, 3-4-1) on Thursday at 4 p.m. in Weingart Stadium.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia