RHC women’s soccer team ends 12 game winning streak against defending state champions, Cerritos College 4-0

Rio Hondo College women's soccer play #10 Viviana Viramontes carries the ball up the field as an opposing Falcon chases her down the sideline Oct. 28 at Cerritos College

Photo by Aaron Martinez/ El Paisano

Rio Hondo College women’s soccer play #10 Viviana Viramontes carries the ball up the field as an opposing Falcon chases her down the sideline Oct. 28 at Cerritos College.

Crystian Mendoza, Sports Editor

The Rio Hondo College women’s soccer team travelled to Los Angeles Harbor College Oct. 25 as they looked to continue their undefeated streak in Wilmington.

The Lady Roadrunners are currently ranked No. 17 in the nation for the community college level as they extended their winning streak to four games after winning LA Harbor College by a close score of 1-0.

Rio Hondo’s win on the day improved their overall record to 10-0-4 while dropping LA Harbor’s overall record to 8-6-2 in the South Coast Conference.

The Seahawks managed to keep the score tied at 0-0 going into halftime as their goalkeeper Nitzia Gastillo kept every shot out of the goal.

While Rio Hondo dominated the tempo of the game, they were not able to score until the 87th minute when Sophomore Gracie Lopez scored a late goal after an assist from Erika Lizarraga to give the Lady Roadrunners the win that day.

Rio Hondo’s goalkeeper Jenny Garcia managed five saves to help the Lady Roadrunners get the shutout against LA Harbor.

Thanks to Lopez’s late goal, Rio Hondo continues to be undefeated in the South Coast Conference as they next looked to face No. 2 nationally ranked rivals Cerritos College Oct. 28.

Rio Hondo lost the CCCAA State Championship final against the Falcons last season, so the tensions were high for the Lady Roadrunners who now had to face their toughest opponents so far.

As Rio travelled to Cerritos College for their rematch against the Falcons, the possibilities for an explosive match were endless.

Cerritos College managed to get on the scoreboard first, as Amber Whitmore scored the opener off an assist from Carolina Jaramillo in the 13th minute.

The score remained 1-0 going into halftime, and the game appeared to be even sided despite the goal difference.

The score remained the same all the way until the 79th minute when Cerritos College scored the second goal of the game when Cheyenne De Los Reye scored off of Dana Jacobs assist as Rio Hondo was left helpless late into the game.

The momentum of the second goal helped Cerritos College pick up the tempo and shortly after Maria Hernandez scored another goal for the Falcons in the 84th minute of the game leaving the Lady Roadrunners with blank faces.

The last minute goal fiasco didn’t end there since four minutes after scoring their third goal, Cerritos got their fourth goal of the game after Jacobs got another assist and set up Ashli Villalobos to end Rio Hondo’s undefeated season.

After 12 undefeated games the Lady Roadrunners finally fell short, facing last season’s State Champions in a repeat of the 2015 final.

Rio Hondo College will next face East Los Angeles College for a South Coast Conference game at 2 p.m. Nov. 1.