By Omar Reyes / Staff Writer
After three consecutive victories, the Vikings’ men’s soccer team lost three in a row to Rio Hondo, Cerritos, and El Camino Compton Center before beating El Camino, 3-1, Tuesday, Oct. 6.
The Vikings’ are 5-4-1 on the season with a conference record of 1-2.
Although the Vikings received three yellow cards and committed 14 fouls, they were victorious with Ari Claro scoring the first goal at the 31 minute mark and Mario Ballesteros scoring the following two goals at the 32 and 57 minute marks. The Warriors received one red card, five yellow cards, committed 21 fouls.
With the game being his first since recovering from an injury, Ballesteros said, “I knew that we had to come back strong with a win because we were in a slump. The whole team came out with positive energy so it was a team effort. We played as a team and as a unit like we know how to.”
Chris Ruiz, sports information specialist for LBCC, said, “I think they are very talented from what I’ve seen. They’re a strong all around, very well-balanced and probably one of the better teams we’ve had in the past few years.”
The Viking’s next match will be at Los Angeles Harbor College at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.
Ruiz said he believes the Vikings have potential and said, “If they have a good enough team, I think they can make the playoffs this year and make a run at a championship. They definitely have the talent where they can go far in the playoffs.”
Ballesteros said he is sure the team has received motivation from the recent win and said “This win is going to give us positive energy and we’re going to keep playing harder and try to improve so we could come out as champions.”