The Cerritos College Men’s Soccer team obtained its first draw on home soil against Long Beach City College on Oct. 9. The match ended 1-1, which means both teams are undefeated in the South Coast Conference tournament.
Sophomore forward No. 9 Kevin Diaz received the ball from Sophomore midfielder No. 8 Oscar Penate and scored for the Falcons, nine minutes into the game.
The Vikings however, obtained an equalizer thanks to a goal scored by forward No. 10 Carlos Maldonado 67 minutes into the match.
Cerritos had the ball in its possession for most of the match against LBCC.
The Vikings were really quiet throughout the match until a dangerous counterattack midway through the second period which ended in the goal they needed to obtain the point on the road.
It was a rough game between these two squads; fourteen fouls were called by the referee. Only three yellow cards were issued during the course of the match, Freshmen midfielder No. 11 Amaury Maldonado was the only player cautioned for Cerritos.
Both teams had four shots-on-goal in the full 90 minutes, however, both goalkeepers made three saves, which kept the game open for either team to win.
Cerritos ended a 10-game winning streak and 327 minutes without conceding a goal at home this campaign. This result could impact their No. 1 ranking in the State of California; however, because of goal difference the Falcons will remain in the top spot of the conference.
Head coach Benjamin Artiaga stated, “We started the game very well. We made Long Beach work, we went away with a goal and gave rhythm in the first half. We had to win the game.”
With regards to improvement, Coach Artiaga said that, “Today was one of those days where we had shots-on-goal, but did not capitalize and as a team we will work on it.”
“We did not finish our shots-on-goal and just did not score.” Penate said, “We do not need to improve is it just the final third that needs to finish the chances to score.”
Freshman midfielder No. 17 Bryan Ortega also interpreted the team performance by saying, “The first half, we dominated and played until the last 30 minutes of the game when we fell.”
Ortega explained that, “We need to improve on communicating to finish the shots-on-goal.”
Sophomore goalkeeper No. 1 Jordan Aldama said, “We could not score when we had the opportunities to score goals.”
He stated, “The referee did a really good job, he could have called a penalty kick for us, however they do not decide the game, we do.”
Cerritos Men’s Soccer will travel to play against Mt. San Antonio College on Oct. 12.
Their next conference matchup is on Oct. 26 against Los Angeles Harbor College at home.