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Falcons victorious at home against Golden West Rustlers

Carlos Ruiz
Freshman midfielder, No. 24 Carlos Perez helped control the midfield to keep the opponent scoreless. Perez sped past a defender to create a play for the Falcons at Cerritos College on Sept. 7 against Golden West College.

Cerritos Men’s soccer team obtained its second victory of the season on Sept. 7 and their first one on home soil against a really strong Golden West Rustlers team.

Despite the Falcons getting the win the opposing defense would not let up, but their offensive play failed to add to the scoreboard against Sophomore goalkeeper No. 1, Jordan Aldama.

Cerritos had many more shots than their rivals in the first 45 minutes, however they went scoreless at the half.

Cerritos had a total of 15 shots with 5 on goal in the game’s entirety.

Sophomore forward No. 13, Christian Perez was injured before the 15 minute mark after a challenge from the opposition. Perez had a knee injury before this match and played only 25 minutes total.

Cerritos had two shots on goal in the first half that were prevented by both the goal post and crossbar.

The Falcons scored in the last 20 minutes of the game when freshman forward No. 9, Kevin Diaz received a pass from freshman midfielder No. 17, Bryan Ortega.

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Sophomore forward No. 9, Kevin Diaz after the pass from his teammate. Diaz scored on this run against Moorpark at Cerritos College on Sept. 7.

Diaz scored the game’s winning goal leaving the visitors goalkeeper Jose Vega in stunned disbelief.

This game also was the first one in which the Falcons did not receive any goals from the opposing team.

Aldama’s three saves contributed towards the team’s first clean sheet for Cerritos this season.

Head coach Benjamin Artiaga said, “The team can not lose their mind on the field.”

During the game there were 29 fouls from both teams. Only one Cerritos player was given a yellow card: midfielder Ortega.

Artiaga when asked what the team needed to work on for the next match against Oxnard College said, “Our offense needs to learn from their mistakes that could have made the score more than 1-0.”

He continued, “This is a great win and we had discipline on the field; we had four of our starters injured … really impressive game.”

Sophomore midfielder No. 10, Erick Gallinar who had one shot on goal also explained that offense needs to improve and that there are no days off.

Gallinar said of the team’s performance: “The team started slow, but we were patient and we scored late in the second period.”

Ortega said, “At first man marking was terrible. The opposing team was committing so many fouls and the referee was frustrating me.”

In regards to the match in general he stated, “We were calm with ball possession. We need to play more as a team. We need to make our shots on goal count.”

Perez said, “Overall we did good. In the previous games this season we were in a panic and desperate to get the win, however today we were not in panic.

“We did a really good job on the field and we got our goal the three points.”

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The team celebrating the goal with sophomore forward No. 9 Kevin Diaz, after scoring late in the game.

In regards on the team’s improvement Perez said, “It is not just about improving on the field we [forwards] need to score more goals.”

On Sept. 14 the Cerritos Men’s Soccer team will travel to Oxnard College at 4 p.m. and look forward to a third victory this campaign over the Condors.

The following game after the trip to Oxnard, will be a rematch of the State Semifinal match from last season against Taft College on September 18th at 3 p.m.


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About the Contributors
Randy Tejeda
Randy Tejeda, Staff Writer
Randy Tejeda is a communications major at Cerritos College and co-sports editor for Talon Marks. He would love to become a play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports in the soccer department. In his free time, Randy enjoys listening to regional Mexican, rock en español, reggaeton and top 40 music.
Carlos Ruiz
Carlos Ruiz, Managing Editor
Carlos Ruiz is the Managing Editor for Talon Marks. He admires photography, and even launched his own website and has dedicated his Instagram to his work. His dream job is always changing, but most recently, he would like to travel the world taking photos, or something having to do with photojournalism. He’s hopeful to continue working on a newspaper staff at the CSU he decides to attend.  
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