Women’s soccer earns third shutout of the season


Freshman defender Princess Butler sprints away from a defender on Friday. The women’s soccer team defeated El Camino-Compton Center 4-0 on Friday. Photo credit: Shontel Leake

By far the easiest game of the season for women’s soccer as they showed no issue defeating El Camino-Compton Center 4-0 at home on Friday.

It’s the second time these two teams have played each other in conference, and El Camino beat Compton in both games. Both match-ups even ended with the same results; 4-0 victory by the Warriors.

The Warriors improve their record to 4-7-4 overall and 3-3-2 in conference, while the EC-Compton Center Tartars remain on a losing streak (overall 1-12-1, conference 0-7).

“We have lots of injuries and no bench,” Tartars’ assistant coach Luis Cerda said. “Our players held up pretty good defensively against a tough team like El Camino, despite us losing 19-1 to Cerritos College on Tuesday. A 4-0 loss is not a bad loss for us.”

El Camino’s first goal came at the 13-minute mark from freshman midfielder Micah Miller, with the assist going to freshman defender Emily Cano, who created the opportunity with a midfield pass; Miller was able to execute it with nice long-run shot penetrating the Compton defense.

Three minutes later, sophomore midfielder Tonya Gonzalez scored on a pass from co-captain, sophomore midfielder Rocio Najero. The pass was accurate enough to get through four defenders, and Gonzalez was able to connect and shoot right past the Compton goal-keeper, who had no chance at stopping the ball from going in.

The number of combined shots on goal in the first half from the El Camino offense was 19. The Warriors’ offense showed a lot of strength in the first half, and many of those shots had really good chances at going in.

“We kinda took it for granted,” ECC freshman midfielder Micah Miller said. “This game gave me confidence because I scored my first goal of the season. Also, it can help us all play harder next game at Pasadena on Tuesday.”

In the second half, the Tartar defense stepped up and made the home team work.

Compton allowed only two goals out of the 11 shots El Camino fired at them. At the 70-minute mark, freshman forward bench player Nicole Chura tipped in a rebound to put the Warriors up 3-0.

“After we were up 2-0, we got comfortable and decided to experiment with players in different positions,” Coach John Britton said.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, El Camino was awarded a free kick far from the keeper. Freshman forward Kalyn Kaemerie fired a strong shot over the Tartar defenders and keeper that led to the Warriors sealing the game with a 4-0 victory.

Compton was only able to attempt three shots in the entire game, giving Warriors’ freshman goalkeeper Olivia Hover no real threat.

“This team was put together this season, it’s challenging,” Compton coach Amanda Evans said. “Everyday we continue to improve and get better. We should be good next season.”

The Warriors next game is away at Pasadena City College on Tuesday at 4 p.m.