Soccer: Roadrunners rout Moorpark

With four second half goals, Rio Hondo College beat Moorpark 4-0 on Wednesday night in Whittier to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

In the first half, the Raiders held Rio scoreless after a strong defensive display left the hosts frustrated going into the break.

It took the hosts just 10 minutes of the second half to finally break the deadlock after forward Christian Bernabe slammed the go-ahead, and eventual game-winning goal into the back of the net.

“They put numbers back and it’s very difficult to penetrate that and when frustration set in we weren’t able to capitalize on our scoring opportunities,” said Roadrunners coach Orlando Brenes, “Basically, when we scored the first one, the rest followed easily.”

Once Bernabe opened the scoring, three other Roadrunners got into the scoring mix – forward Daniel Virgen (Fernando Guerrero) capped the night off in the 85th minute after forward Jose Maderos (Alejandro Luna) and midfielder Luna (Jacob De La Peza) extended the initial lead.

When Virgen made it four, the freshman became Rio’s 11th goal scorer of the season – showing that dependance on one player is not in future plans for head coach Orlando Brenes this season.

One game away from conference play, Bernabe, a Sonoma State transfer, spearheads the attack for the Roadrunners as winger Carlos Zarate and captain Moses Gutierrez nourish the center forward in front of midfielders like Luna, Sergio Saucedo, and another Seawolves transfer Fernando Guerrero.

Up next for the Runners is a home game against Santa Monica at 5 p.m. on Friday.