The women’s soccer team dropped two games over the weekend, extending their losing streak to five games with one game left to play.
After being blown out 7-0 by Cerritos College last Friday, the Lancers traveled to East Los Angeles College hoping for a victory. But in their second-to-last match before the regular season ends, the Lancers couldn’t quite keep up with the Huskies and lost 4-0.
The scoring for ELAC got under way in the 24th minute of the match. Freshman midfielder Estella Becerra was able to get off an open shot from the left side of the net. The ball passed under the hands of PCC goal-keeper Angelique Ulmer for the 1-0 Husky lead.
The before halftime arrived, ELAC was able to put another pout on the board in the 42nd minute, making it a 2-0 deficit for the Lancers. Sophomore Cristal Montoya gave freshman midfielder Estefani Rivas a nice cross and she took care of the rest, putting the ball into the back of the net for the score.
The Lancers looked ready to fight in the second half, looking to mount a comeback. But 15 minutes into the 2nd half, ELAC was able to put another mark on the scoreboard, as freshman forward Arye Loone was able to get a wide open shot off from the right side of the net. Loone capitalized, giving the Huskies a 3-0 lead.
Just five minutes later, the Huskies put the game away for good. Sophomore forward Maria Becerra was able to score from ten yards out on a beautifully placed ball over Ulmer as she leaped and stretched as high as she could, but it wasn’t enough to block the shot. The ball found the net, and PCC trailed 4-0. The remaining minutes dwindled down, and the referee blew the final whistle.
The Lancers did have a few opportunities to score, especially on a couple of corner kicks. However, they just couldn’t contribute a goal, as the Huskies defense stood its ground throughout the entire match.
“I thought the girls played really hard. They worked hard for each other. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any goals. We had a lot of great opportunities we created,” said head coach Reggie Rivas. “I thought ELAC played a very good game. They are a really good team.
Ulmer said defense was the difference in the game.
“We had a good game, we just kind of lacked on marking,” Ulmer said. “That’s how ELAC scored, having open players.”
Now with one game left in the regular season, the Lancers currently sit at 3-9-1 in conference play. Also, not only have they dropped five consecutive games, they have not scored one goal during that streak.
Despite the losing streak coach Rivas has remained positive and is looking forward to ending the season back at home with a victory.
“We’d like to win that game, it’s our Sophomore Day,” Rivas said. “It’s at home, in front of our fans. So we’re hoping that we play as hard as we can and get a win.”
The Lancers will close out the regular season in the friendly confines of Robinson Stadium against Long Beach City College this Friday.