By Diana Viera
The Dons capped its worst season since 1980, losing the last home game of the season Nov. 10, 3-0, to the Irvine Valley College Lasers.
Lasers Forward Joseph Ferguson controlled a loose ball in the box and beat Dons goalkeeper Andres Figueroa one-on-one, netting the first goal in the 18th minute.
“Ferguson had a couple of injuries, so we had to play him in different positions. I thought he did very well,”
Lasers Head Coach Wade Fraser said.
The Dons struggled to put the ball on net, totaling only three shots on goal out of 16.
“Our game is not to play long ball, but in our desperation we were trying to find something to get us back in,” Dons Head Coach Jose Vasquez said.
IVC Forward Toby Waterman battled Dons defenders in the middle of the box before scoring the second goal in the 50th minute.
“We started good and then we just fell apart and the opportunities that we had we didn’t finish,” Vasquez said.
“The other team was hungrier, they did take advantage of their opportunities.”
The loss drops the Dons to 7-9-4 overall and 6-5-2 in the Orange Empire Conference. It is the fewest wins since 1980 when Head Coach Rudy Campos led the team to six.
SAC will miss the playoffs for the second year in a row after advancing to the state playoffs in 2013.
Next season, having more sophomores on the team, the Dons are looking forward to having experience.
“It’s probably a season to forget but we’re going to get whatever we feel that was good enough in the season and build up from there and whatever we need to work on and whatever holes we need to cover for next year,” Vasquez said.
The Dons played the final game of the season Friday at Golden West College.