Gauchos take the sting out of the Hornets

Matt Garvey

     The Gauchos shut out Fullerton College on Friday winning 3-0. A fast start allowed Saddleback to control the match throughout.

     At the three minute mark a crossing pass sent in from Casey Zeffiro was scored on by Victoria French. Zeffiro advanced from her defensive position to put pressure on the Fullerton goalie and the result was an early lead.

     Its tough for any team to play from behind. It was like the Fullerton Hornets were chasing after the wind and of course was never able to catch it.

     Saddleback increased the lead 21 minutes into the match when Kaelyn Kaichi scored on an assist from Valerie Hlozek. The offensive attack was too much for Fullerton who are now 1-3 in Orange Empire Conference (OEC) play.

     Zeffiro added to her earlier assist with a goal of her own in the second half. The pass this time came from the foot of Diane Kim. The connection was the exclamation point on the fantastic teamwork that characterized the day.

     Capping off the shutout was the play of goalie Kristen Egner who had four saves onthe day.

     Saddleback now holds the record of 5-2-1 on the season and 1-2 in OEC league. The next match will be Friday against Santa Ana at JSerra High School.