MONTEREY PARK, CA — The East Los Angeles College women’s soccer team ended the regular season with a scoreless draw against Long Beach City College.
The Huskies (10-7-4, 8-2-4) played the most difficult non-conference schedule in the history of their program according to Head Coach Tressa Troglia and it paid off.
ELAC finished with its best SCC record this century and took second place in the process.
The Huskies ended each half of SCC play with identical 4-1-2 records and only losing once in their last nine games (6-2-1).
As a result of the scoreless draw against Long Beach, the Huskies dropped to the No. 18-ranked team (from 16) in the South Regional as a result. Sixteen teams will receive postseason bids, based on power rankings and other factors, on Monday.
Long Beach (9-6-5, 6-4-4) moved up to No. 19 with the tie against ELAC and finished SCC play in third place, a game-and-a-half behind the Huskies. Three-time defending state champion Cerritos College, No. 1-ranked in the state, won the SCC title.
ELAC outscored SCC opponents 29-10. In the first half, Huskies outscored their opponents 27-3.
Sophomore Tara Cofer (Los Altos High School) scored 14 goals (three unassisted) in SCC play to lead the Huskies. Others were freshman Lizeth Delgado (Locke HS) who scored six goals while freshman Leslie Carballo (Bell HS) added three.
Freshman Crystal Romero (L.A. Aspire Pacific Academy) scored two unassisted goals while freshmen Collen Tamashiro (La Serna HS) and Jennifer Toledo (L.A. Bravo HS) scored two goals each, each with one unassisted goal each. Freshman Alexis Sifuentes (Warren HS) scored one unassisted goal.
Cofer and Delgado led the team in assists during SCC play with six and five, respectively. Tamashiro and Carballo each had two assists.
Adding one assist each included sophomore Lisa Lopez (La Serna HS) and freshmen Penelope Roman (La Serna), Anaalicia Granados (Pioneer HS), Maria Gastelum (Roosevelt HS), Toledo and Romero.
In previous games, ELAC defeated El Camino College Compton Center and El Camino College, 8-0 and 2-1 respectively. Sandwiched in between the wins was a 3-0 loss to Cerritos.
The Husky goals scored against Compton were three from Cofer (assists by Granados, Carballo and Delgado), two from Tamashiro (one unassisted and an assist by Delgado), two from Delgado (one unassisted one an assist by Roman) and one unassisted goal from Romero.
Against El Camino, Cofer and Toledo each scored an unassisted goal.
The Huskies were outshot 15-8 against Cerritos. Roman had five saves from eight shots on goal.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia