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Fullerton Soccer loses battle 3-2 against Southwestern

After falling behind 3-0 midway through the second half, the Hornets showed no quit and scored two unanswered goals to end the game.

Freshman midfielder Brian Pacheco led the resurgence with two goals and constant pressure on the Jaguar defense. Pacheco entered the game as a late sub, and his impact was felt immediately scoring within five minutes of coming on the field. After a free kick was awarded to the Hornets, Pacheco stepped up to take it and found the corner of the net to beat the goalkeeper.

Fullerton didn’t stop there; The Hornets continued the pressure and with five minutes left to play freshman midfielder Emerson Bonilla sent a through ball to find Pacheco, who calmly sent it past the goalkeeper for his second of the game.

“I saw the goalie take a few steps off the line and saw a chance, and I was lucky enough to hit my spot,” said Pacheco. “My second goal I couldn’t hesitate and saw the goalie come out so I just made sure it was on goal, and it worked out good.”

Fullerton freshman goalkeeper Robert Bradley pulls in a cross against Southwestern College Photo credit: Patrick Quirk

The game wasn’t all offense for the Hornets. After allowing a goal midway through the first half, the Hornet defense was under constant pressure. The visiting Jaguars found the net twice more in the second and extended their lead to three goals.

The Hornets did have most of the possession in the first half but could not find the final pass to break down the Jaguar defense.

“Simple mistakes… Simple mistakes we can’t make led to the goals and thats what’s frustrating,” head coach Alex Perez said. “We were experimenting giving a few kids a chance to play before we start conference and they played well, but one mistake can lead results like this.”

Fullerton freshman midfielder #27 Israel Lua running after a loose ball against Southwestern College. Photo credit: Patrick Quirk

Fullerton looked to be the more dangerous team in the second half, which they tied. The momentum could be what the Hornets need with just one more non-conference game left.

Fullerton Soccer loses battle 3-2 against Southwestern but still hold faith for the season. Photo credit: Patrick Quirk

“I feel ready, but there is a lot of practices left for not only myself but our team to get better. We will be ready for [conference] games against anyone. We’ll be ready for anyone,” said Pacheco.

The Hornets (1-4) have their last non-conference game at home Tuesday, September 25 at 1 p.m. against L.A. Harbor College.

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