Game date: September 21, 2011.
Undefeated powerhouse Mt. San Antonio demolished the visiting Dons Wednesday 8-1, in a non-conference contest.
“We have good rhythm and we are very confident. I think that was the end result of this game,” Mt. SAC Head Coach Juan Sanchez said.
The Mounties (6-0-1) dominated the possession, keeping the ball in their half for much of the game. The strategy worked, choking off the Dons’ offense.
“We wore them down. For the majority of the game they chased the ball without getting consistent possession,” Sanchez said.
The Dons (2-2-2) couldn’t play as a unit and scuffled against the stifling Mounties defense that disrupted its ability to complete multiple passes or form a coherent offensive attack.
“We didn’t have any leadership today,” Head Coach Jose Vasquez said. “ They just took it to us. I think we were intimidated.”
Mt. SAC netted four goals in each half, opening up the game with a goal at the 15-minute mark.
“Everybody played their game and as a result you see the score. We played a good game today and I’m proud of it,” Mt. SAC goalkeeper Adrian Topete said.
SAC was held to one goal or fewer in five of the six matches played this season, being shut out twice during those games.
“A game like today provides us with experience we have to learn. We were flat, intimidated and afraid. We weren’t ready to play,” Vasquez said.
The Dons scored its only goal minutes before the end of the first half.
“We put four passes together and that was how we scored the one goal,” Vasquez said.
The Dons open Orange Empire Conference play Tuesday at the Fullerton College Hornets. Friday the Dons will play its OEC home opener against the Cypress College Chargers.
Last season the Dons sat at (3-2-1) through six games, before going seven matches without a loss.
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