Men’s soccer: Four wins out of four

Freshman forward Tobias Garcia-Mendez scored his second game-winner in a row. To propel the Rio Hondo men’s soccer team past the San Diego City College Knights.

Friday, Aug. 31, Garcia’s goal against Mira Costa College in the last minute of the game gave the Roadrunners a last-gasp 2-1 victory. Tuesday, Sept. 4, his goal in the first minute of the match was enough to secure a 1-0 win over the Knights.

With the win, coach Orlando Brenes’ squad remain undefeated through its first four games. But Brenes believes there is still a lot to work on. Better game management being the target.

“We came out very offensive right away and then all of a sudden, they become complacent.” Brenes said, “No movement off the ball and as a result we have to struggle for the victory rather than breeze by.”

It has become an unwanted norm in the four games where the Roadrunners seem to be in control in terms of possession and field positioning, but the squad lacks the cutting edge needed to leave no hope in the opposition’s chances.

“At this stage of the game, we got to get better. We can’t get any worse.” Brenes said.

When a team starts a season with four wins in four games, criticizing the team becomes nit-picking for errors because no team that wants to win titles will ever be complacent. Garcia’s way of going through things is to look in the mirror and face himself in order to help the team get better.

“I just want to be my own competition. Be better every game” Garcia said, “Hopefully I continue scoring and helping the team win.”