Already down to their third goalie of the season, the Cerritos College women's soccer team had to call on two field players to step in and play, as the team posted a 2-0 win over visiting Long Beach City College on Tuesday. The Falcons (8-1-0, 2-0-0) will get sophomore starting goalie Ruby Nichols (Bishop Amat HS) back in the lineup on Friday when they face Los Angeles Harbor College at 2:00 p.m. at the Toyota Center in Torrance.
Nichols has missed the last five matches due to an injury, while her replacement, freshman Amber Jung (Los Alamitos HS), was injured in her first game. Freshman Arianna Armijo (North Torrance HS) has stepped in to take over the last four and a half games, but was injured 14 minutes into the contest against the Vikings (6-3-2, 1-1-1). Sophomore forward Cheyenne De Los Reyes (Santa Monica HS/Santa Monica College) came on to play the final 31 minutes of the first half and posted one save.
In the second half, sophomore Natalie de Leon (St. Joseph HS) was called into duty and she immediately made a pair of saves while the game was still scoreless. She finished with three saves and earned the win.
After coming out of the net, De Los Reyes played a role in both Falcon goals. In the 47th minute, her point blank shot was stopped by LBCC goalkeeper Ronnie Gonzalez, but sophomore Laura Aquije (Warren HS) was in position to tap home the rebound for an early second half goal.
Cerritos looked to get another goal a little over a minute later, but were called offside, which negated a goal by De Los Reyes. She was not to be denied in the 52nd minute, as sophomore Jill Messersmith (Newport Harbor HS) lofted a pass over the Viking defense and De Los Reyes was able to work the bal away from Gonzalez, who came 15 feet out of the net to play the ball. It was the fourth goal of the season for De Los Reyes.
Photos by Daryl Peterson