ELAC Women’s Soccer opens with 1-0 loss

East Los Angeles College freshman Marina Smith (South El Monte HS) reads a Santiago Canyon College opponent as she moves in towards the ball in a 1-0 loss to the Hawks at Weingart Stadium. (Photo by Tadzio Garcia)
East Los Angeles College freshman Marina Smith (South El Monte HS) reads a Santiago Canyon College opponent as she moves in towards the ball in a 1-0 loss to the Hawks at Weingart Stadium. (Photo by Tadzio Garcia)

MONTEREY PARK, CA —The East Los Angeles College women’s soccer team opened the 2016-17 season with a 1-0 loss to powerhouse Santiago Canyon College today at Weingart Stadium.

 “ELAC played well and I am pleased with our results,” said ELAC Soccer Coach Tessa Troglia.  “Santiago Canyon has a history of being one of the top junior college soccer teams in Southern California, and we held them to one goal this year.”
 
In the past four seasons, Santiago Canyon outscored ELAC 24-2 while recording non-conference wins each year against the Huskies, including a 7-0 victory last year.
The Huskies opened the game strong on defense, but sputtered on offense.
The Huskies had two shots and one shot on goal in the first half while Santiago Canyon recorded 11 shots and 3 shots on goal.
“We’re a very young team and have some things to build on,” said Troglia. “But the (team) had a consistent, disciplined defensive effort, which was the key to a 1-0 result.”
The Huskies, a different team in the second half, belted eight shots while limiting the Hawks half-dozen shots and two shots on goal. Santiago Canyon had several corner shots, which ELAC answered with focused defensive play.
The match was scoreless until the 72nd minute when Santiago Canyon sophomore forward Lauren Sabella scored a top left goal assisted by freshman forward Cassie Soto (Mater Dei HS).
ELAC sophomore goalie Penelope “Penny” Roman (La Serna HS) had four saves. Seven experienced ELAC sophomores saw action. Eleven ELAC freshman played their first college soccer match.
ELAC, 0-1 overall, plays two games in the 17-team Ventura College Nike Soccer Community College Showcase next week at the Ventura College Sportsplex.
The Huskies play San Diego Miramar College (0-0) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 and meet San Diego Mesa College (1-0), 1 p.m., on Friday.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia

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