Men's soccer comes from behind to draw with SBCC
It would be wise for Santa Monica College Corsair men's goalkeeper Quetzalcoatl Badillo to learn what midfielder Duncan Bochicchio's favorite restaurant is, because, for scoring the tying goal in Friday's 3-3 draw against Santa Barbra City College, Badillo owes Bochicchio dinner. The sophomore Bochicchio saved the day for the Corsairs when he completed a two goal comeback, started by sophomore foward Jonathan Navas, on a through ball chip in past Vaquero net minder Oscar Haard-Thelm in the 78 minuet.
The game was on Bochicchio's foot in the dying moments as he cut through the heart of the Vaquero back line only to be met with a hard challenge that went uncalled, causing the Corsair bench to explode.
"I had him pretty twisted up and I think [the defender] swung his leg and it should have been a foul that would have changed the game," Bochicchio said.
The sophomore net-minder Badillo forced the Corsair comeback after putting them behind after two absolutely disastrous misplays on the goal line.
The first came at the end of the first half when Badillo, in an attempt to usher the ball into the corner, turned the ball over 50 feet from his net and allowed it to be crossed to Vaquero freshman midfielder Jonathan Mora who tapped it into the empty net.
"It's pretty obvious to everyone that it was a mistake, including him. To learn from the mistake is the real lesson there," SMC head coach Tim Pierce told Badillo at the half.
The second came in the 50 minuet when he redirected a shot straight in to the heart of the box and to the waiting foot of Vaquero sophomore defender Mehdi Badache.
Though Badillo's boneheaded plays put the Corsairs on the verge of their sixth loss of the season, he found no help from a porous back line that, though it did not break in the final minuets, allowed Vaquero forwards to run through them like bulls through the cape.
The trial of Pierce at the hands of officials continued Friday afternoon when he was warned twice by match referees for arguing calls. Unlike Tuesday's game against LA Mission however, there were no clever lines from the Corsair sideline.
"It's bound to turn around a little bit," Pierce said of the officiating in the recent past. "We haven't had great officiating but that is kind of the nature of the game."
The draw moves SMC to 3-6-3 on the season and 3-2-2 in conference and SBCC moves to 4-7-1 for the year and 3-3-1 in conference play.