Santa Monica College Men's Soccer Team Beats The Moorpark Raiders 3-1
A hot Southern California day proves to be no match for Santa Monica Men's soccer team. The Corsairs' high-octane and fast-paced offense accumulated three goals against Moorpark College. Santa Monica scored an early goal thanks to a marvelous setup by Kevin Martinez, the sophomore put the ball right in front of teammate Danny Hernandez, who put the ball in the net. This display of teamwork gave SMC a one-goal lead and ignited their offense. The Corsairs were quite persistent, they kept getting the ball on the Raider's side of the field, but could not find pay dirt. The Corsairs may have been discouraged at their missed chances because right before the half Moorpark Raider, Oscar Ramos scored a goal that tied the game 1-1.
SMC head coach Tim Pierce may have made the correct adjustments, after the halftime break, the Corsairs came out with energy on both sides of the ball. Freshman Andy Naidu scored two-goals and helped seal the victory for SMC.
When asked about his two-goal performance Naidu said, "first goal I saw Carlos Rincon, my left winger, he is very good one on one and he shakes and bakes players, so I ran to the middle of the box and he crossed it to me just like I knew he would, and I placed it into the back of the net." Naidu who has six assists is continuing to prove his versatility. When a player can pass and score, it truly shows their IQ for the game. The Santa Monica freshman went on to explain his second goal, "They were playing short all game, I stepped high, the ball switched just as I pictured, and I slid it left foot past the keeper." Naidu said.
The Corsairs Men's soccer team hits the road takes their nine wins and faces an in-conference opponent in Allan Hancock on Friday, October 13th.