Coming off a strong week where the Rio Hondo men’s soccer team finished up the last of their inter-conference games against Los Angeles Harbor College and Cerritos College winning 2-0 and 3-0 respectively, the Roadrunners came home for a game to face East Los Angeles College Nov. 1.
After previously meeting Sep. 30 where Rio Hondo came up on top 1-0 after a late goal in the 88th minute from Angel Flores, the Roadrunners had an opportunity to sweep the season series and gain an advantage in the South Coast Conference.
While the majority of the game was played tightly, the Roadrunners managed to strike first in the 20th minute when Nicholas Knapp setup Jesus Garcia in the box to give Rio an early 1-0 lead in the first half.
While Rio carried most of the momentum in the first 45 minutes, it was ELAC who would dominate the second half, scoring in the 50th minute to tie the game at 1-1.
Completely in control, ELAC would score again in the 63rd minute to go up 2-1 and looked as if Rio Hondo would suffer their first loss since Sep. 23.
The Roadrunners managed to rally back into the game with Andrew Gomez delivering in the 80th minute with a goal to tie the game at 2-2 and end what was a physical matchup between the two teams.
Trying to finish up the week on a win, Rio then travelled to Pasadena City College Nov. 4 to face the Lancers in their last meeting of the year after previously tying 1-1 in their first game.
Pasadena started off strong with two goals in the 16th and the 35th minute of the first half to give them a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
Faced with adversity as they have this whole season, Rio would respond back in the second half with two goals of their own to tie the game at 2-2.
It started with Angel Flores scoring at the 50 minute mark from an assist from Antonio Villegas to give the Roadrunners their first goal and cut the lead to 2-1.
With time winding down and potentially losing the game, a corner kick from Flores would set up Alex Saenz with a header for a goal at the 87th minute to tie the game and finish in a draw.
The two games still left Rio Hondo undefeated, but with the pair of draws saw their record go to 9-2-8 and are currently third place in the conference.
The Roadrunners will finish up the regular season with games against the first place Mt. San Antonio College at home Nov. 8 and play they will play their final game away from home against Chaffey College Nov. 11.