ELAC women’s soccer ends season with a 2-0 emotional win

East Los Angeles College women's soccer sophomore Stella Becerra dribbles the ball in a 2-0 win over Compton College. (Photo by Tadzio Garcia)
East Los Angeles College women's soccer sophomore Stella Becerra dribbles the ball in a 2-0 win over Compton College. (Photo by Tadzio Garcia)

MONTEREY PARK, CA — The East Los Angeles College women’s soccer team ended its season with a 2-0 win against Compton College in a South Coast Conference crossover game on Sophomore Night.

The Huskies controlled the game and took their first shot in the 2nd minute and another in the 4th minute. ELAC scored a goal in the 9th minute from an unassisted smack from freshman Breanna Sandoval midfielder (Norwalk High School).

Sandoval scored a brace five minutes later when she shot a goal off an assist from sophomore forward Stephanie Galvan (El Rancho HS) in the 14th minute.

Several minutes later Sandoval almost scored a hat-trick, but her shot was just wide right. She took yet another shot on goal, which was saved by the Compton goalie.

Compton had a great opportunity and took a shot on goal, which ELAC freshman goalkeeper Julia Rivera (Schurr HS) saved. The Huskies had two corner kicks that Compton defended well.

The Huskies outshot Compton in the first half 5-1 and fired more shots on goal 5-1.

ELAC continued with a field of sophomores to open the second half.

Compton, however, took a shot on goal in the 46th minute, which was saved by Rivera. Compton then got two more shots off before the Huskies regrouped with substitutions.

After a Compton foul, Sandoval took a free kick at the 5-yard sideline, which was a blast to freshman forward Vanessa Torres (Bell Gardens HS) who shot wide right.

Sandoval ran a breakaway with the crowd behind her. Compton sophomore defender Jasmin Hill (Rancho Verde HS) caught up near the net and broke up the play.

ELAC sophomore midfielder Marilyn Castanon (Dominguez HS) took a breakaway but shot to the left of the post. Sophomore defender Brenda Lizaola (South East HS) later followed with a shot that bounced off the bottom of the left post.

The crowd was vocally in the game and reacted loudly after Compton freshman midfielder Marisol Mercado shot a free kick blast from the left 45-yard line that was saved by Rivera.

ELAC outshot Compton for the remainder of the game 3-0 and had more shots on goal 2-0 and took two more corner kicks.

The team celebrated the bittersweet win with tears. The coaches thanked the sophomores for being leaders on a team that never gave up and continued to improve until the final whistle.

“This is a great place to play soccer and today you came to play, did so as a team and had fun,” said one of the coaches. Another coach said, “This is Our House, your home sophomores, and we look forward to the day you return to say hello or to help out. This will always be your family.”

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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia

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