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."
The Mounties were led by two goals each by freshman forward Andre Gamboa and sophomore forward Michael Flores.
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.