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Hornets wrangle in Mustangs

Led by Hornet forward Brian Pacheco’s two goals and one assist, Fullerton was able to overcome a slow start to get their first conference win. After allowing a goal in the first minute of play, Fullerton took control for the rest of the game.

Fullerton didn’t wait long to respond to the early Norco goal. Hornet forward Leonardo Morales found a streaking Austin Nazer in the penalty box, who calmly put the ball past the Norco goalkeeper for the equalizer.

Pacheco netted his first goal only two minutes later in spectacular fashion. After a quick restart, Pacheco decided to try his luck from 30 yards away. The placement in the upper corner of the goal was just out of reach of the diving Norco goalkeeper. Pacheco’s second goal came in a similar play just five minutes after his first. After collecting a loose ball in the Norco end of the field, Pacheco looked up and notice the goalkeeper off his line and lobbed a 30 yard shot over everyone into the back of the net.

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Hornets celebrate goal in 5-2 conference win over Norco College at Fullerton College Tuesday Oct. 13 Photo credit: Chelena Gadson


“I saw the goalie off his line and didn’t think about it. Luckily, it went in,” Pacheco said. “We have been struggling in the final third, and today, we know what we are capable of, and we did what we do best.”

After a penalty was awarded and converted by Norco captain Adrian Magana, Fullerton went into the halftime with a 3-2 lead.

Fullerton kept the pressure on at the start of the second half creating chances, which led to another goal. Hornet midfielder Eduin Munguia was able to hold off two Norco defenders and push the ball past the goalkeeper to regain the two goal advantage.

The final goal came at the end of a counter attack. Hornet midfielder Oscar Sandoval intercepted a pass at midfield and led the attack, which eventually found defender Jose Gutierrez, who beat the goalkeeper with a calm finish.

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Hornet Jose Gutierrez fight for loose ball in 5-2 conference win over Norco College at Fullerton College Tuesday Oct. 13 Photo credit: Chelena Gadson


“We have had some talks and got a response from the team we were looking for,” said head coach Alex Perez. “We still need to focus. Just because we got one win doesn’t mean we can take any days off.”

Fullerton (3-7-2, 1-2-2) looks to keep the momentum when they go on the road and visit Santiago Canyon (4-4-4, 2-2) Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. The Hornets next home game is Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. when they take on Orange Coast College.



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