Story and photos by D.A. Phillips/ Sports Editor

The LBCC men’s soccer team lost its  home opener on a late goal against the visiting Taft Cougars, 2-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Taft put the Vikings in the hole early when forward Bryan Henriquez scored off an assist from forward Aldahir Perez, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute of the game.

The Vikes answered back in the 18th minute to tie the game.  With a free kick from the left pitch, midfielder Joel Atilano gave forward Bryan Majano a pass to score off a header to tie the game 1-1.

A late goal in the 85th minute of the game from Taft midfielder Danny Ortiz gave the Cougars the lead for good.

The Vikings’ record is 1-1-1 and  Taft improves to 2-1 on the young season.

LBCC’s next game will be at home at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, against Cuyamaca.

After that game, the Vikings will travel to Orange Coast at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Then the Viking will return home to host San Diego City at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

LBCC hopes to forget a disappointing loss in the first round of the playoffs last November.  Oxnard defeating the Vikings, 4-3, in a penalty kick shootout.

That lost left the Vikings with a 8-5-8 overall record after they finished 6-4-4 in the South Coast Conference.