RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The East Los Angeles College Huskies women’s soccer team ended South Conference play with strong showings in four games.
ELAC tied Mt. San Antonio College then gave No. 1 Rio Hondo a scare in a 4-3 loss and fell to No. 11 Chaffey College today.
Against Mt. SAC, the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw. “We changed the personnel, gave some girls some opportunities and they played well and showed us that they deserve time to be in there, said ELAC Head Coach Tessa Troglia.
ELAC has two wins and three ties in six games against Mt. SAC over the last three years.
ELAC was the aggressor and outshot Mt. SAC in the second half. The Huskies missed two shots near the end of the game, the latter a shot on goal in the 90th minute.
“We played really strong but, unfortunately, we couldn’t make the goals in, but I think we had a lot of good moments and played well as a team together,” said freshman defender Nadia Cruz (Mexico / The American School Foundation).
At Rio Hondo, ELAC was down 3-1 in the second half then tied the score 3-3 with a big rally. ELAC sophomore forward Stephanie Galvan (El Rancho High School) scored unassisted in the 65th minute and ELAC was down 3-2. ELAC scored a goal three minutes later and knotted the score in the 68th minute.
Neither team put away opportunities until Rio Hondo scored in the 89th minute from a Madison Mader goal (assist Isabel Garay). Rio Hondo kept its No. 1 state-wide ranking with the win.
“I feel like we definitely should have taken the win but things don’t always end up like that in soccer,” said sophomore defender Brenda Lizaola (South East HS). “We were eager to win so we played hard and gave it everything we had on the field.”
The Huskies had their 8-year, 15-game unbeaten streak against Pasadena City College snapped with a 1-0 loss to the Lancers last Friday. ELAC had nine shots on goals to Pasadena’s six, but couldn’t find the net.
“It’s just the same thing all year. We had our chances, but we just don’t finish them,” said Troglia. “You don’t finish up opportunities, you don’t win games.”
Pasadena broke a scoreless deadlock in the 67th minute with a header off a corner kick from Summer Hofstad (assist Emily Matthiesen).
“I just think that we weren’t communicating well,” said sophomore midfielder Jennifer Toledo (Bravo Medical Magnet HS).
Today, ELAC played Chaffey to a 2-2 draw at the half. ELAC’s scores were from an unassisted goal by freshman Breanna Sandoval midfielder (Norwalk HS) and a smack from Galvan off an assist by freshman forward Vanessa Torres (Bell Gardens HS). Chaffey scored two second-half goals for the win.
The Huskies host Compton on Friday Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. The Huskies will try and end their season on a winning note.
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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia