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EC men’s soccer wins in dramatic fashion.

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The El Camino College men’s soccer team got a positive result once again on the road, in dramatic fashion, as they beat East Los Angeles College 3-2 on Friday, Oct. 12, coach Jacobson said.

“This was a must-win game for us; our conference is really tough and this was an opportunity to get a win and that’s all we’ve been talking about, getting a win,” Michael Jacobson, EC men’s soccer coach said.

The match started slowly for both teams as neither could finish their opportunities, Jacobson said.

“We were controlling the run of the play. We had great opportunities but we couldn’t finish so the score was 0-0 at the half,” Jacobson said.

It was the second half when El Camino found themselves in a hole.

“They started pressing us pretty frantically but they were also trying to get a ‘W’. We were both in that pushing to win. ELAC was on a three-game losing skid and I knew it was going to be a hard game. Second half they come out very aggressive,” Jacobson said.

With about 15 minutes left, ELAC scored to take a 1-0 lead over the Warriors, Jacobson said.

“We got one back with like 12 minutes left in the game. We had a good response,” Jacobson said.

After midfielder Stanley Torres tied the game up, the Warriors continued to add to the tally with a set piece, Jacobson said.

The set piece started when Kevin Negrete passed the ball to Bryan Morales who then played the ball along the box to defender Cole Prince who scored to put the Warriors up 2-1 with a couple of minutes left, Jacobson said.

“With two minutes left, ELAC dumps the ball into our box and at the 90-minute mark we don’t get a proper clearance and it goes to their guy and he shoots it and scores,” Jacobson said.

The ref then signaled six minutes of injury-time, Jacobson said.

With the game tied 2-2, Cole Prince kicked the ball to Bryan Morales who turned the cross into a game-winning bicycle kick, Jacobson said.

“Literally, our team goes to celebrate and the ref blows the whistle to end the game. We win the game in the 95th minute,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson said Bryan Morales was the ‘Player of the Game’ after Morales got an assist and the game-winning goal in dramatic fashion, but gave credit to the team for never giving up.

“The group itself has been pretty resilient and has kind of stuck together which I’m really proud about,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson said he believes that the key for his team’s success in the future is finding a way to finish their scoring opportunities in the first half.

“I get we need to find a way. We’ve been scoring a lot of goals in the second half and we have opportunities in the first half but somehow, someway, we have to find the back of the net in the first half,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson said he was very proud of his team’s performance.

“I feel great. It was a very dramatic game. After the loss to Cerritos, we came back with two good results and how dramatic it was made it even more special. These guys will remember this game for the rest of their lives because of the way they scored it and the minute in which it was scored,” Jacobson said.

The EC men’s soccer team will look to continue their successful run when they return home to play Rio Hondo College on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.

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EC men’s soccer wins in dramatic fashion.