MONTEREY PARK, CA — East Los Angeles College sophomore forward Stephanie Galvan (El Rancho High School) scored a team-high third goal of the season from an assist by freshman defender Nadia Cruz (Mexico / The American School Foundation).
Galvan’s goal was in the 5th minute and ELAC women’s soccer defense held strong for the remainder of the game for a 1-0 ELAC win against Ventura College.
“I ran onto the chip from one of my center backs (Cruz) and the Ventura defenders were able to get a touch on it first,” said Galvan. “It was able to reflect towards my position and I simply took a touch and placed it in the bottom right corner, out of reach of the goalie as I recognized she was on the far left of the goal.”
Galvan scored just outside of the six-yard box with her composed finish.
The non-conference win was ELAC’s second win in the games.
The Huskies improve to 2-3 overall, their best start in four years.
ELAC plays on of the toughest non-conference schedules in the state year in and year out.
Ventura, who just won 2-1 vs. once-beaten South Coast Conference rival Rio Hondo College, drops to 3-4-1.
ELAC freshman goalkeeper Julia Rivera (Schurr HS) was key in the win as she saved eight shots on goal, five in the second half.
Rivera has 30 saves defensively in five games.
Ventura freshman goalkeeper Eva McMillan (Buena HS) saved four of ELAC’s five shots on goal.
Ventura outshot ELAC 12-8. ELAC’s shots came from Galvan (3), sophomore midfielder Jennifer Toledo (Bravo Medical Magnet HS) also with three, and two from sophomore midfielder Vanessa Marin (Downey HS).
“I didn't think we played the best soccer, but we were relentless and created numerous opportunities,” said ELAC head coach Tessa Troglia. “Jenny Toledo found herself in a handful of breakaways that she struggled to finish.”
“Nonetheless, we welcomed back (freshman defender) Breanna Sandoval (Norwalk HS) who was out for almost a month with a medical injury,” said Troglia. “Within a couple weeks we think she will be very instrumental in our attack.”
“I was happy that we had promising moments, but those moments were few and far between,” said Troglia. “If we can be more consistent, I think we could surprise a lot of people.”
ELAC lost 1-0 at San Bernardino Valley College (5-1). The Wolverines scored early in the first half.
ELAC started slow and improved as time went on.
ELAC matched the Wolverines in the second half on defense. Rivera had four saves in the goal defensively.
“I felt we really struggled the first half adjusting to San Bernardino Valley's direct style of soccer,” said Troglia. “Our starting line-up did not include (sophomore defender) Brenda Lizaola (South East HS) who was out with a concussion, so we had to move Ashley Gonzalez inside who did an exceptional job.”
“Once we settled down, especially in the second half, we dominated possession and created dangerous opportunities, including a shot from (sophomore midfielder) Marilyn Castanon (Dominguez HS) that forced their GK to make a save that ricocheted off the post,” said Troglia. Probably one of the strongest halves we put together.”
The Huskies will try and win two in a row at Los Angeles Harbor College (0-4-1) on Friday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.
ELAC returns home next week to host two SCC games and begins its run for an SCC title and playoff berth.
ELAC hosts Mt. San Antonio College (2-3-1) on Tuesday, Sept. 26 and Rio Hondo (2-2-1) on Friday, Sept. 29.
Both games begin at 4 p.m. and are each the second game of double headers. The ELAC men’s team plays the same teams at 2 p.m. each day.
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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia