By John Broadway / Staff Writer
The LBCC men’s soccer team scored within the first 10 seconds on the way to their first win in four games when the Vikings beat Irvine Valley, 4-1, in their first road win of the season Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The Vikings started out 2-0 this season, then suffered a loss and three ties in the following four games.
Freshman goalie Kifi Cabrera, said, “It was a great win for us. The last couple of games we tied, so it felt good to finally get back to a win.”
Cabrera gave shout-outs to forwards Jose Garcia and Rafael “Pollo” Arroyo for a great game. The Vikings dominated from the beginning. Freshman defender William Morse scored a goal in the first 10 seconds. Sophomore midfielder AJ Rocha sunk a hail mary from 35 yards out in the 27th minute.
The Vikings continued to pull away when Morse recorded another assist, sending a cross pass from the right sideline that found Rocha in front of the net. He one-timed the pass to the back of the goal and the Vikings took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Irvine Valley was only able to shoot the ball eight times, while LBCC was able to get off 13 shots. Cabrera recorded three saves throughout the game and nearly posted a shut-out.
Irvine wasn’t able to score until the 66th minute when Juan Gutierrez scored a goal off an assist from Joe Rousseau. LBCC responded with a goal soon after when freshman Jose Torres converted on a penalty kick in the 70th minute to close out the scoring.
Players said they were feeling good. Sophomore Jose Torres said, “We played very well. We start conference next week on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and we are all confident because of the strength of our offense and teamwork.”
The Vikings are in 5th place in the conference with a record 3-1-3. With the remainder of the regular season being conference games, they will have ample opportunities to catch El Camino Compton, which is 5-1, for first place in conference.
The next game is at home against LA Harbor Friday, Oct. 4. at 4 p.m.