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By Graham Henderson
The City College Rams men’s soccer team continued their successful season with a 3-0 win at home over the Cañada College Colts on Oct. 28. The Rams improved their record to 14-1-2.
“I thought we played pretty good today, especially in the first half,” Head Coach Adam Lucarelli said. “I wanted us to come out and really attack hard today, and we were able to do that.”
Allen LaSpina got the Rams’ offense started with a goal after receiving a perfectly placed pass from sophomore forward Wilson Jimenez.
Despite solid play from the Colts, the Rams were controlled the pace of the game. Ram’s sophomore defender Jose Navarrete took advantage of the corner kick after Colt’s keeper Tony Reinosa was unable find the ball, allowing Navarrete to power it through for the Rams’ second goal.
Despite a two point cushion, the Rams continued to play with passion. Even though the Colts were able to hang on, the Rams’ offense was simply too strong.
2007 Defenseman of the Year Shea Whelan created a scoring opportunity for the Rams after the Colts’ keeper Reinosa was unable to control Whelan’s header. This allowed midfielder Esteban Uribe to head the rebound in for the Rams third and final goal.
“[Whelan] headed the ball and it bounced off another player, and I was in front of the net,” Uribe said after the game.
The frustration of the Colts started to show at the start of the second half and the game became increasingly physical. Both teams ultimately received two yellow cards each.
Even though the Colts offense came on stronger during the second half, the Rams remained unfazed and kept the Colts off the scoreboard.
“When a team’s down three to nothing, it’s hard for them not pick it up and attack more, and they’re gonna send more balls in, but we were able to control the tempo of the game,” Lucarelli said.