M. Soccer: Falcons still looking for first win after five games

File Photo: Mark Cruz recorded a goal for the Falcons over the weekend
File Photo: Mark Cruz recorded a goal for the Falcons over the weekend

There always seems to be a time where the Cerritos College men's soccer team hits a spot in the season where they find themselves in a bit of a slump. On their way to the CCCAA State Championship last year, the Falcons went 1-2-4 during South Coast Conference play. This season, the team has experienced their rough patch at the start, as they have started the 2015 year with a 0-3-2 mark. Over the weekend at the Hartnell Tournament, Cerritos lost to both Fresno City College (4-0) and Lake Tahoe College (3-1), while they posted a 1-1 draw with American River College. The team will now have over a week to regroup before they travel to Taft College on September 15. Last year, the Falcons defeated the Cougars, 1-0 in the state semifinals.

Cerritos vs. Fresno: The Rams held a 1-0 lead at intermission, but struck for three more goals in the second half, with two coming just four minutes apart. The Falcons mustered just five shots on net, while Fresno City peppered goalkeepers Jaime Sanchez (Aspire Pacific Academy HS) and Eduardo Valdovinos (Long Beach Millikan HS) for 10 shots.

Cerritos vs. Lake Tahoe: It was a rough first half for the Falcons, as the Coyotes put three in the net before the team could respond. But with 15 minutes left, freshman Mark Cruz (El Toro HS) got the team on the board with an unassisted goal. It was his second goal of the season.

Cerritos vs. American River: Trailing 1-0 late in the game, the Falcons got the tying goal they were looking for, as sophomore Christian Carrillo (Katella HS) fed freshman Alberto Filorio (Long Beach Wilson HS). Moving toward the net on the play, Filorio picked up his first goal of the season in the 75th minute when he was able to ship the ball past the goalkeeper for the equalizer.