Knights soccer team advances in playoffs

Celia Jimenez

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City College’s men’s soccer team played their best game of the season, advancing to the second round of playoffs of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)

The Knights beat the San Bernardino Wolverines 2-0 on Nov. 19 at Balboa Stadium.

San Bernardino has been tough on City College this season. The Wolverines beat the Knights at Harry West Gym 5-1 on Oct. 11, and tied the team 1-1 in San Bernardino on Nov. 10.

In the first CCCAA playoff game on Nov. 19, the play was very physical; a continuous back and forth of attacks and counter-attacks.

San Bernardino played aggressively but the Knights’ defense was pretty strong, stopping them in their goal area.

The first goal of the match came when sophomore forward Francisco Contreras sent an overhead kick that surprised San Bernardino.

The crowd and the Knights celebrated their goal.

It seemed to motivate the Knights, who stepped up their game against the Wolverines. San Bernardino responded, becoming more agressive.

Towards the end of the fist half, San Bernardino committed a harsh foul against freshman defender Hiram Chavarin. The player got expelled and the referee granted the Knights a penalty kick.

Contreras shot it and scored the second goal for the Knights.

In the second half, the tension grew between the teams. The Wolverines appeared to be frustrated and committed several fouls, with Contreras receiving a few of them.

Then the Wolverines regained their focus and tried to advance on the Knights’ goal but a lot of their plays were cut at midfield.

The game ended 2-0, in favor of the Kights.

San Bernardino’s head Coach declined to comment after the match.

The Knights had studied their rival carefully before this match.

“It’s nice to see all the hard work coming to fruition,” said Knights head coach Milton Hidalgo.

On Nov. 22 at 4.p.m., the Knights will play in Walnut against Mount San Antonio College, the second best on the state, according to the Knights’ coach.

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