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RCC men’s soccer off to a strong start

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By Javier Cabrera / Editor in Chief

By Javier Cabrera / Editor in Chief

The Riverside City College men’s soccer team is off to a positive start following its 2-1 win over Santa Ana College on Oct. 4.

The team won the match off a late penalty by Angel Mora after Riverside’s Jose Cosajay was tripped inside the goalkeeper box.

“It is always great to beat a team as Santa Ana,” coach Francisco Melgarejo said. “I knew that if the players would continue to work hard, the good result would come because I have a great group of talented players.”

Coach Melgarejo said the team is performing a lot better during the season because the main question heading into the season was if the team was going to be able to finish plays and score late in matches.

“We were some what inconsistent during the preseason games,” he said. “Right now I’m working on trying to keep the good consistency that the team showed the first there conference games.”

“Of course, we are taking one game at a time.”

With the win the Tigers have seven points in the Orange Empire Conference and sets themselves up to compete for first place in the conference for the remainder of the season.

Prior to the win over Santa Ana, RCC tied Irvine Valley College, 1-1, on Sept. 27 and defeated Orange Coast College, 2-1, on Sept. 30.

The Tigers now head off on the road for three matches starting with Golden West College on Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.

The other road matches are against Fullerton College on Oct. 11.

Riverside returns home against Santiago Canyon College Oct. 18 at Norco College at 3 p.m.

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