Women’s soccer team stopped short of goal

Veronica Campos

Claudia Lozano and Mauriel Chaidez kept knocking at the door, yet members of the East Los Angeles College women’s soccer team refused to budge.

Lozano and Chaidez, forwards for Cerritos (2-5, 1-3 in SCC), had numerous chances to help the Falcons get the game-tying goal late in the match.

However, the duo was not able to push in the tying goal during a 3-2 South Coast Conference loss at ELAC Friday.

Cerritos tried to rally from a two-goal deficit as Lozano and Chaidez each scored a goal and assisted on the other’s tally.

“They (ELAC) got lucky,” said Cerritos defender Elba Rodriguez. “It’s ‘on’ when they come play at our field (Oct. 23).”

Goalie Carmen Cortes, who was forced to stop 25 shots against Long Beach City on Sep. 18, stopped eight shots.

Before Cerritos can focus on ELAC they play seven SCC matches, including Friday’s conference match at Mt. San Antonio College.

“The game we had with ELAC was played in the spirit of athletics and sportsmanship on both sides,” said Falcons coach Debbie Jensen.

“The desire to win and the effort shown, created the best environment for any sporting event.”

The Falcons will play on the road this week and host Pasadena City Oct. 5.