They spent the first five weeks of the season on the road and posted a 9-0-1 record heading into their first home contest against Long Beach City College in a South Coast Conference game on Tuesday. But home was not where the heart was, as the nation's #3-ranked Falcons dropped a 2-1 decision to fall to 4-1-0 in conference play, while the Vikings improved to 1-1-3 in the SCC. The team will get another shot at picking up a win at home when they host Pasadena City at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
Early on, it appeared as though Cerritos would take a lead, but sophomore Gaby Zamarripa (Artesia HS) missed on a point blank scoring opportunity, as Jeanette DeAnda came away with a huge save. Not long after that, DeAnda charged out of the goal to try and cut down a loose ball, but missed on her clearing attempt. Freshman Jasmine Cornejo (Artesia HS) took a swipe at the ball, but could not find the open net. One of the biggest omissions from the game was sophomore Lauren Nanez (La Mirada HS), who is out of commission due to an injury.
That could not be said for DeAnda, who came across the field to take a direct kick after freshman Jazmin Aguas (San Pasqual HS) was called for a hand ball in the box. DeAnda calmly drilled a shot into the upper right corner of the net to beat freshman Maria Santoyo (Universidad de Guadalajara HS) for a 1-0 Viking lead in the 15th minute.
The lead became a 2-0 disadvantage for the Falcons after they were unable to maintain control of the ball near midfield. LBCC gained the ball and Brooke Denton fed former Cerritos player Rocio Hernandez, whose shot deflected off the hands of Santoyo and into the net in the 61st minute.
For the majority of the game, the Falcons had complete control of the tempo, but was just a pass or two away from a high percentage shot. The LBCC defense did a solid job of intercepting dangerous passes deep in their zone and held off all attempts by Cerritos. With time running out, freshman Claudia Ibarra (Universidad de Guadalara HS) sent a corner kick in front of the net, where Cornejo was there to knock the ball in for a goal.
That goal came on the heels of Hernandez missing a penalty kick in the 85th minute, which seemed to spark the Falcons. Then, in extra time, Ibarra saw her shot hit the cross bar, while Aguas also had a hard shot on DeAnda, who made her 11th save as time expired.
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January 18, 2013 W. Soccer: National Award given to Ruben Gonzalez
January 2, 2013 W. Soccer: Ruben Gonzalez named Regional Coach of the Year
December 11, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons named National Champions
December 2, 2012 W. Soccer: Cerritos wins third state title in six years
November 30, 2012 W. Soccer: Win sends Falcons to State Championship Game
November 24, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons advance to State Tournament with 3-1 win
November 21, 2012 W. Soccer: Pair of first half goals hold up to advance Falcons
November 17, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons advance in playoffs with win
November 13, 2012 W. Soccer: Team seeded #3 for SoCal Regional Playoffs
November 9, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons conclude regular season with win
November 6, 2012 W. Soccer: Cerritos drops 4-2 decision to Pasadena City
November 2, 2012 W. Soccer: Unbeaten streak now at seven games
October 30, 2012 W. Soccer: Offense continues to produce in 6-1 win
October 26, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons dominate El Camino, 4-0
October 23, 2012 W. Soccer: Claudia Ibarra scores four times in 11-1 win
October 19, 2012 W. Soccer: Nanez and Zamarripa lead Cerritos to 7-1 win
October 16, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons play to scoreless draw against Mt. SAC
October 12, 2012 W. Soccer: Cerritos dominates Pasadena City, 4-1
October 9, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons lose first game of the season
October 5, 2012 W. Soccer: Late goal salvages win for the Falcons
October 3, 2012 W. Soccer: Ruben Gonzalez named SCC Women's Coach of the Year
October 2, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons post 7-0 shutout win over El Camino
September 25, 2012 W. Soccer: First half goal enough in 1-0 victory
September 19, 2012 W. Soccer: Cerritos ranked #3 in state in first poll
September 16, 2012 W. Soccer: Cerritos remains unbeaten after win
September 14, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons record 2-0 shutout win
September 9, 2012 W. Soccer: Cerritos scores two second half goals for win
September 7, 2012 W. Soccer: Road wins will go a long way as season progresses
September 2, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons score early and often in win
September 1, 2012 W. Soccer: Falcons rebound for win
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