The Taft College men’s soccer team remained unbeaten Friday when the Cougars scored two late goals to defeat visiting Long Beach City College 3-1 in a bruising match on the Tenth Street field.
The win pushed the Cougars to 3-0-0 heading into this afternoon’s 3 o’clock home match against East Los Angeles. It is the third of four straight home outings. The fourth will be Friday when Los Angeles Mission comes to town.
The Cougars will then hit the road for seven consecutive matches.
“It was not our best game,” said head coach Angelo Cutrona. “We weren’t connecting our passes like we are capable of. We were just giving it away to them (LBCC). But we were still able to score even though we played poorly.”
Roberto Mariscal scored the first goal and got the assist on the third.
The sophomore forward from Palmdale booted in a crossing pass from Julio Lopez in the 22nd minute, then flagged down a long downfield kick and sent a perfect pass during injury time that Ramiro Barraza headed in for the clincher.
After Long Beach scored in the 70th minute on a free kick to tie the match at one apiece, freshman midfielder Gerardo Gonzalez put the Cougars ahead for good 10 minutes later when he followed up a free kick that appeared to cross the goal before rolling out. Omar Nuno got credit for the assist.
“I thought it went in but there was no call so Gerardo followed to put it into the back of the net,” Cutrona said.
The game was physical with tempers flaring on a regular basis.
“I thought the referee lost control of the game,” Cutrona said. “We’re a young team and our guys didn’t know how to handle it either. We just found a way to win ugly.”