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EC men’s soccer team drops last game of season, misses out on playoffs

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EC men’s soccer team drops last game of season, misses out on playoffs

TEC Warriors midfielder, Andy Salguero, blasts in a goal from the penalty box to tie the game up 1-1 in the first half, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men's soccer match held at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

TEC Warriors midfielder, Andy Salguero, blasts in a goal from the penalty box to tie the game up 1-1 in the first half, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men's soccer match held at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

TEC Warriors midfielder, Andy Salguero, blasts in a goal from the penalty box to tie the game up 1-1 in the first half, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men's soccer match held at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

TEC Warriors midfielder, Andy Salguero, blasts in a goal from the penalty box to tie the game up 1-1 in the first half, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men's soccer match held at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

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Hard work led to a successful season and a bright future for the El Camino College men’s soccer team as they closed out the season at home against the Pasadena City College Lancers on Friday.

“I think we had a good mindset going into that game,” EC head coach Michael Jacobson said. “We were on that bubble to make the playoffs.”

EC relied on yet another comeback effort to get a result as the game finished tied at 2 goals a piece.

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EC goalkeeper, Brandon Cardenas, catches the shot on goal from Pasadena City at El Camino College, on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Mari Inagaki

PCC opened up the scoring in the first half after a through ball to forward, David Vasquez-Mena, resulted in the EC goalkeeper being chipped.

“It was a good goal, our captain set me through and I did a quick look and the keep came out,” Vasquez-Mena said.” It was good to score the first goal. Obviously, we’re away and that’s one of the hardest things.”

EC quickly tied it back up after midfielder, Andy Salguero, put one back past the PCC goalkeeper in the 19th minute.

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EC Warriors midfielder, Andy Salguero, tries to get past his defender but is tripped and fouled by a Pasadena defender which eventually receives a yellow card on the play, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

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EC Warriors midfielder, Andy Salguero, puts on the brakes in an attempt to lose his defender, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match held at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

The second half proved to be more physical but a goal by PCC forward, Anthony Jimenez, put the Lancers up, 2-1.

A final shot by EC defender Cole Prince tied the game up in the 90th minute to give EC the dramatic 2-2 result.

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Men’s soccer El Camino vs Pasadena City, Friday, Nov. 9 at El Camino College. Photo credit: Mari Inagaki

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EC Warriors midfielder, Jose Hernandez, attempts to lob the ball over a defender, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

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EC Warriors midfielder, Jose Hernandez, chases the a shot on goal, into the hands of the Pasadena goal keeper, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

“I think the players that were playing tonight have good chemistry,” Jacobson said about his team.

PCC men’s soccer coach, Gerry Mora, could not be reached to discuss his team’s performance despite several attempts made by The Union.

The positive result was not enough as EC needed a win and the help of Compton College to make the playoffs, but, Compton fell to LA Harbor College 5-1.

“I think it was tough to set our future in someone else’s hands,” freshman forward, Kevin Negrete said. “It put us in a tough position and hopefully we take this as a lesson.”

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EC Warriors forward, Kevin Negrete, chases after a long pass, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match held at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

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EC Warriors forward, Kevin Negrete, has a tough time getting through the midfield as he is held by a Pasadena player, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

 

Nothing came easy for the Warriors after an early season five-game undefeated streak portrayed a “Cinderella” team looking to go dancing, followed by a string of inconsistent results.

In 2016 and 2017, the men’s soccer team won a combined seven games and only one conference win.

The remodeled 2018 team, led by first-year head coach Michael Jacobson, accumulated seven wins this season.

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EC Warriors forward, Kevin Negrete, blasts a volley kick in the penalty box from a sharp angle, but misses his target as the ball goes just wide, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

“Coming from a program that has had two bad seasons, we had to fight really hard to put the program back,” Jacobson said. “It’s a respectable season to get the program back up and running.”

Players like goal-scoring machine, Kevin Negrete, and experienced sophomore midfielder, Brian Burrell, have sparked life back into the team.

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EC midfielder, Oliver Diaz, protects the goal with a header against Pasadena City, on Friday, Nov. 9 at El Camino College. Photo credit: Mari Inagaki

Negrete, an LA Galaxy Academy High School graduate, started the season slowly but found his form and finished the season with a team-leading eight goals in 13 games, including a couple of game-winning shots.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about players, and you need to get talented players and we’re not far away,” Jacobson said. “It’s unfortunate that the season has ended because Kevin [Negrete] finally got his form.”

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EC Warriors midfielder, Oliver Diaz, goes up for a header while battling with a Pasadena defender during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

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EC Warriors midfielder, Andy Salguero, dribbles through two Pasadena defenders in front of the penalty box, during the EC Warriors vs Pasadena City College men’s soccer match at El Camino on Friday, Nov. 9. Photo credit: Darwyn Samayoa

The Warriors finished the year with a 7-7-6 record and will look to find new talent this off season to replace six sophomore players.

“There are lots of good things these kids have done,” Jacobson said. “[This] off season, these players need to learn to be fit. The staff will also be recruiting.”

 

 

 

 

 

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