Rio Hondo women’s soccer tie ELAC 2-2 and dominate PCC 7-2


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RHC sophomore Melissa Gonzalez looks up for an open teammate who was making a run against ELAC Nov. 1.

Crystian Mendoza, Sports Editor

The Rio Hondo College women’s soccer team started off their week with a home game against East Los Angeles College Nov. 1 in a game that would see both sides walk away with a point, as they tied 1-1 on the evening.

The draw saw the Lady Roadrunners overall record now go to 11-1-4 while putting them in a 2-0-3 position in conference.

The game started off evenly matched, but it was the East Los Angeles College Huskies who managed to score the opener early on in the eighth minute of the game.

Colleen Tamashiro opened up the scoring for ELAC, with Kremlin Perez getting the assist. The Huskies were then able to hold off the Lady Roadrunners all the way into half-time.

When the second half started, Rio Hondo picked up the momentum of the game and began driving at the goal with every opportunity that they had.

With roughly 25 minutes left to go in the half, Emma Contreras of Rio Hondo took it upon herself to drive the ball forward past a few defenders leaving her with an open shot against the defenseless ELAC goalkeeper, which she then put into the back of the net tying the game at 1-1.

The game ended in a draw and after losing to Cerritos College the previous game, it was definitely not a result Rio Hondo wanted but it was better than a loss.

The Lady Roadrunners now had to travel to Pasadena City College Nov. 4 to face the Lancers in yet another South Coast Conference matchup.

After a loss and a tie, Rio Hondo came into this game with no other option but to go all out for the win against the Pasadena City College Lancers.

The Lady Roadrunners did just that, and dominated the game winning 7-2 with five different players getting on the scoreboard for Rio Hondo on the evening.

Emma Contreras scored the opener in the 20th minute after an assist from Daisy Gallegos, and it only took another six minutes for Samantha Garcia to give Rio Hondo the second goal of the match.

With the score now at 2-0, the Lady Roadrunners sat in a comfortable position as they continued to dominate their Lancer opponents.

Another nine minutes after scoring the second goal of the game, Rio Hondo got a third goal when Erika Lizarraga lobbed the goalkeeper from 20 yards out.

With the score now at 3-0 in the 32nd minute, Garcia managed to get on the scoreboard again, scoring a roller from about ten yards out in the 35th minute.

In the 40th minute Pasadena City College finally scored a goal of their own, with Alexis Acosta scoring a driven shot from the top of the box after a throw in assist from Isabel Diaz, ending the half at 4-1 in Rio Hondo’s favor.

As the second half commenced, it only took three minutes for Rio to score their fifth goal of the evening, with Gallegos scoring her second goal in the 48th minute.

Shortly after, Pasadena City managed to get another consolation goa,l with Diaz scoring a bullet from the top of the box after a Toni Dwyer assist.

The score remained the same for the next forty minutes as Rio Hondo chose to slow down the tempo of the game leaving their opponents to chase the ball around for a majority of the remaining game time.

Finally in the 89th minute Lizarraga carried the ball up the middle of the field after an assist from Contreras that saw her score her second goal of the match.

With the score now at 6-2, it seemed that the game was all but over for Pasadena City College as they were dominated by the Lady Roadrunners.

Yet, a free kick opportunity in the 90th minute stoppage time gave Gracie Lopez the chance to score a goal herself, and she did placing a shot that bounced past the keeper from 30-yards out.

Rio Hondo won the game 7-2 against Pasadena City College that improved their overall record to 11-1-5 and brought their conference record to 3-0-3.

The Lady Roadrunners will next face Mt. San Antonio College Nov. 8 and will close out the South Coast Conference with an away game against Chaffey College Nov. 11 before the start of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.