Men’s Soccer looks impressive against Santiago Canyon


The 2022 season started off strong in a competitive 5-3 win over Norco, but the Roadrunners started to slow down, losing three out of five games, plus two draws. The momentum shifted after following back-to-back 5-0 shutout wins over Santiago Canyon and San Diego City this past week. 

The team has three key stars that have looked impressive on this three-game stretch. Adan Villareal led the way scoring four goals in two days for the Roadrunners, and Manuel Soza showed outstanding skill scoring two against Santiago. Rogelio Silva also scored one goal in two consecutive games for the ‘Runners. 

Santiago Canyon had a pretty good record coming into Tuesday’s game, but they did not look impressive against Rio Hondo. This was a huge win for the ‘Runners. Coach Orlando Brenes mentioned that they needed this win, “These young men have been through tough loses… two of them came down to the last minute of the game”. “If we can win the next two games, I think it can give us the confidence to give the expectation that we had to start the season.”

Coach Brenes hopes that they strive to get better, and he has high expectations for this young Rio Hondo squad. Most, if not all, of the team are freshman and sophomore students this season. “They are working hard, and they are a really good group of young men, that I can say.”

Brenes also mentioned that he supports what Ms. Nedra Brown, Athletic Director of Rio Hondo, is doing for the team this year. New uniforms debuted this season and they looked fantastic. He appreciates the support given to a team that really hasn’t had the support needed in a long time.

What’s Next

The Roadrunners lost their final game of a tough three-game stretch last week against Santa Monica, with a final of 2-1. Their upcoming games include a pair of non-conference games before starting out division play against Mt. San Antonio College.