By John M. Sherrard
(WALNUT) After a tough 1-0 loss to El Camino-Compton Center last week, the Mt. SAC offense came alive with a 4-0 shutout over El Camino College in a South Coast Conference crossover game on Friday at the Mounties soccer complex.
The Mounties, top-ranked in the state, had a ten-game winning streak broken with that loss, but came back with a convincing victory Friday heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.
The Mounties (11-2-1, 3-0-1) will play four of the final six games in SCC North action.
"That was a nice bounce-back win," Mt. SAC coach Juan Sanchez said. "The teams' attitude was great and we played like a team.
"We defended well and did a great job moving the ball with a purpose."
Goal keeper Edwyn Gutierrez picked up his tenth win of the season and sixth shutout. The freshman is third in the state with a 0.64 goals against average.
The Mounties quickly scored at the one-minute mark as Gamboa received a great through-ball from freshman midfielder Jesus Granados and Gamboa ran into it and finished the goal for the 1-0 lead.
That was the only goal of the first half.
At the 58th minute Flores beat three defenders on the flank and found Gamboa wide open with a cross on top of the 6-yard box for the Mounties 2-0 advantage. Gamboa now has four goals on the season.
Flores got into the soring column ten minutes later (68th minute) on a beautiful cross in the air from the right flank by sophomore midfielder Edzon Cuevas. Flores then headed the ball for the 3-0 lead.
"The fourth goal was the best of the four goals," Sanchez added.
Flores, who scored his 18th goal of the season for the fourth-best in the state, scored the last goal of the game in the 89th minute for the Mounties as he beat two defenders to his left. He hit a nice left-footed shot across his body to finish the unassisted goal and the 4-0 lead.
The Mounties travel to LBCC on Tuesday for another crossover game. Game time is 4:00 p.m.