Men’s soccer unbeaten in October

Michael Mebratu and Michael Mebratu

A moment of brilliance from freshman midfielder Blake Nania saved the night for the Vaqueros 1-0 victory against Citrus College on Friday.

Prior to the game, the Vaqs lost their playmaker Danny Rodriguez due to a separated shoulder that will keep him out of the lineup for two weeks. Also out for two weeks is sophomore winger Stuart Kirk with a groin injury. That left the Vaqs with 10 freshman players on the field for the first time this season.

“We didn’t get after them at all today, we missed key players in Danny and Stuart,” Head Coach John Sisterson said.

The Vaqueros found it hard to establish rhythm and possession in the first half, but a few occasions of individual brilliance created some scoring chances.

Kalum Horne found Blake Nania and he dribbled past two defenders before beating the keeper to score the only goal of the game twenty-three minutes in.

“They tell to me to get at people when I play,” Nania said. “And that’s what I did.”

Nania got his first start of the season, and the freshman took advantage of the opportunity by scoring the game-winning goal.

After Assistant Coach Paul Hart said expressed that the first half looked “sloppy,” the Vaqs started out the second half controlling the tempo.

A couple of minutes later it was time for another change, Peter Aguillar came on for Kalum Horne, and two minutes later it was Peter’s time to test the keeper but he missed the ball with inches.

In the dying minutes of the game, Citrus College had a great chance to tie the game, but goalkeeper Ismael Guzman protected the lead.

“It was good to get a shutout,”Guzman said. “We didn’t get together well enough tonight, in the end we got lucky.”

The 1-0 victory keeps the City College soccer team unbeaten in October, and moves them 3 points ahead of College of the Canyons in the league.

“We have to improve if we want to win the conference, we can’t have another night like this,” left-back Lee Jackson said.