Gutsy Performance

by staff Oct 15, 2018

Gavilan, CA – Anyone who has played a full game of soccer can tell you that it is exhausting. Now there are breaks in the action, halftime and substitutions and despite all of that one still has to go out and win the game. Now imagine trying to do that with only 11 players. Ten of which are relatively healthy and one who is at best is at 65 percent of his normal self, oh and by the way all eleven Rams are freshman. That was the task at hand for the soccer team of Gavilan College on Friday as they took on the Seahawks of Cabrillo College.

The tall task became even harder when the Rams found themselves down a goal just 22 minutes into the match.  For the rest of the half the scoreboard was unchanged. Then in the 58th minute Alfonso Lopez took a shot that found the back of the net to even the score. It was Lopez’s third goal of the season.

With fatigue perhaps setting in due to the lack of a bench, Cabrillo was able to retake the momentum and the lead in the 67th minute when their shot found it way past the Rams keeper. It appeared that the Rams were going to end up on the short side of the scoreboard as the time began to run out.

Then with five minutes to go Rodolfo Rivera set up Tony Ceja for his 5th goal of the year to tie the game at two. The Rams pushed forward trying to get the game winning goal as the momentum shifted back to them in the final minutes. Then with only 60 seconds left in regulation time, Rivera came up with the game winning unassisted goal, as his ball beat the Cabrillo keeper. For Rivera it was his third goal of the season. Rams keeper Jesus Lopez saved 8 of the 10 shots he faced as he picked up his 6th win of the year. He now has 61 saves on the year and a save percentage of .772.

The Rams are now 6-6-1 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The will look to improve their record on Friday as they will travel to Cupertino to take on De Anza College at 4:00 pm. Go Rams!