Men’s soccer drubs Imperial Valley Arabs

Donovan Terblanche

In the final home game of the season, the City College Knights would end the term with an 8-0 drubbing over their opponents the Imperial Valley Arabs.

The game was lopsided to begin with and City College would open the scoring within the first two minutes and continue their run from then onwards.

Imperial Valley showed up to play and had several opportunities to score, with several shots on goal that had the City goalkeeper having to earn his worth on the team.

Over the first half of the game, City College would score on a regular basis and be up by 5-0. The dominance displayed by City College would see numerous minor infractions from Imperial Valley that bordered on yellow cards but that they seemed to get away with. This was a situation of City College retaliating on almost every occasion.

The ref and both of his assistant refs were kept busy trying to ensure that the game did not go down hill.

During the match both coaches would take full advantage of an endless string of substitutions in order to keep the game in control.

The second half would not see any let down in the dominance shown by City College as they continued with shot after shot on goal. City College on average was taking shots at goal every 1 and a half minutes, and Imperial Valley’ s back four did a great job holding their line.

Numerous throw ins and forward balls set up were well cleared by Imperial Valley, as they fought to hold back the juggernaut from the Knights.

City College ended the season with numerous ties and no losses in the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC).
“We went undefeated in our season, we had a great year. We finished second because of ties,” said Head Coach Milton Hidalgo.

“It was fairly easy, and I’m very proud of my team. We all pulled out in the end. Coaches were right behind us this season,” said Enrique Anguiano, freshman defender for City College.

During the course of the PCC season, the standing for City College was 8-0-4 if City College had won one more game they would have taken first place in the conference.

Palomar’s record for the PCC play off’s was 9-1-2 a little disheartening for City College considering how much work the men put into the season, tied in with the fact that Palomar’s only loss in the PCC was to City College with a score of 6-1, proving that City on that day played a superior game.

The overall performance this season was a lot better than last. All the coaches from Hidalgo to his assistant coaches Mike Pellicio and Chris Tolles did an excellent job with the team.

The most important and different change was the mood of the players, the use of substitutions in order to control the tempo of the game and calm jittered nerves. By doing so, the coaches created a much smoother flow and progression of the game.