Falcons hold early lead, but fall to Mounties

Abraham Venegas

The Mount San Antonio College Mounties pulled off a come from behind victory against the Cerritos College Falcons 2-1 in Cerritos, Calif. on Tuesday night.

The Falcons possessed the ball and much more than the Mounties early on in the game.

The Falcons had the first chance at a goal early during the tenth minute of the game when a corner kick was sent down the center and midfielder Mario Guerrero’s header went over the crossbar.

Just two minutes later in the twelveth minute, the Falcons moved ahead when forward Jose Rivera received a pass from Guerrero in the box. Despite not making contact with the ball at first, he turned and blasted it in to the far right of the goal, giving Cerritos College a 1-0 lead.

In the twentieth minute, midfielder Ludwing Vargas’ hard left shot hit the right post and forward Nicholas Escalante retrieved the rebound, but his angle was cut short by the Mounties goalkeeper Adrian Topete.

Cerritos College had many chances to score, but the first half ended with the Falcons on top 1-0, despite the fact that Cerritos College was dominating the pace of the game.

The second half begun with Mt. SAC increasing the pressure more by controlling the ball.

Abraham Placito tied the game for the Mounties in the fifty second minute off a corner kick, tying things at 1-1.

Forward Rivera said, “It was quick off a corner kick, they ran behind us, somebody didn’t mark up and they punished us.”

The Mounties continued to hold possession of the ball and playing more fluid as the Falcons kept losing the ball in the midfield.

Armando Ochoa scored a free kick into the top left corner for Mt. SAC in the sixty third minute, giving the Mounties the lead, 2-1.

Falcon forward Thiago had a shot in the seventy first minute, but other than that, Cerritos College didn’t have many opportunities to tie the game.

The game ended with a score of 2-1 in favor of the Mounties.

The Falcons lost their first home game of the season.

“We look dead, looks like we got scared, honestly we didn’t come out and play 100%, we play at 50% and they went 150% at us,” said Rivera.

“We just didn’t come out like we did in the first half, second half we just gave too much space,” midfielder Dominic Escobar said about the game.

Cerritos College mens soccer team next game is at Los Angeles Harbor College on Friday at 4:00 p.m.