PASADENA, CA — With the a non-conference schedule that included six of eight opponents statewide-ranked, the East Los Angeles College women’s soccer team moved into South Coast Conference North Division play and has a two-game unbeaten streak.
ELAC defeated Pasadena City College 3-0 today and played Rio Hondo to a 0-0 draw on Friday, Oct. 1.
“Our non-conference schedule against strong teams helped us prepare for conference (North Division play),” said Tessa Troglia, ELAC women’s head soccer coach. “We’re used to a fast tempo and we just find our rhythm, mix personnel on the field and identify as a better team.”
The Huskies moved to 1-1-1 in SCC North Division play, Pasadena City remains winless at 0-4. Rio Hondo is tied for first, at 2-0-1, with undefeated Chaffey College (10-0-1, 2-0-1).
Against Pasadena, ELAC scored in the 49th minute. Sophomore forward Crystal Romero (Aspire Pacific Academy HS) took a lead pass (assist) from freshman Stephanie Galvan (El Rancho HS) and blasted the ball 15-yards over Pasadena goalkeeper Amy Castillo (Blair HS). ELAC led 1-0.
ELAC scored again just a little more than a minute later when sophomore forward Maricruz Enriquez (Riverside Patriot HS) scored an unassisted breakaway after a long dribble. ELAC led 2-0 in the 50th minute.
Romero scored ELAC’s final goal, an unassisted blast from a loose ball on the 10-yard line in the 62nd minute.
Pasadena freshman midfielder Emily Matthiesen (Monrovia HS) attempted a free kick on the 15-yard line in minute 68. ELAC sophomore goalie Penelope “Penny” Roman (La Serna HS) blocked the ball with a leaping dive to the loud reaction from both sides of the field.
The Huskies outshot the Lancers 17-8.
Sophomore Kremlin Perez (Paramount HS) took five shots for the Huskies, freshman forward Karina Rosas (Bravo Medical Magnet HS) took three, Romero, Enriquez and freshman Jazmine Saldana (Firebaugh HS) took two shots each.
Three Huskies took one shot each, Galvan, sophomore midfielder Stephanie Rojas (Compton HS) and freshman attacker Vanessa Marin (Downey HS).
The Huskies had nine shots on goal, two each from Romero and Enriquez. Attempting one shot on goal each included Galvan, Perez, Rosas, Rojas and Saldana.
Pasadena City attempted five shots on goal. Roman saved one in the first half and four in the second. Castillo saved six of ELAC’s shots on goal, two in the first half and four in the second.
UP NEXT: The Huskies host two games this week, Mt. SAC in SCC North Division play on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and El Camino College in a conference crossover game on Friday at 4 p.m.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia