Photo courtesy of COD Athletics. The two teams congratulated each other at midfield at the end of the match, as the Roadrunners pulled off a stunning upset.
COD started off the 2018 season with quite the bang, as they knocked off Cerritos, the #3 team in the nation, 2-1. All three goals were scored in a ten-minute span in the middle of the first half, with the Falcons first on the board with a goal from their leading scorer, Bryan Ortega.
However, the Roadrunners quickly bounced back with two goals from freshman midfielder Lucas Rosales, as he lifted two shots over the head of the aggressive Cerritos goalkeeper to make the score 2-1. Each of Rosales’ goals was scored from 45 yards out, with the first being assisted by freshman forward, Nathan Ocampo and the second by the sophomore midfielder, Dante Delgado.
With the lead secured going into halftime, the second half consisted of staunch defense by the Roadrunners, especially by freshman goalkeeper Jesus Negrete, who had 13 saves to revive his team.
Negrete, who spoke to COD Athletics after the contest, gave praise to his defense, “We played our heart out, it’s how every game is gonna be…I mean, you saw one of my defenders Andy, he gave it all on that play and hit himself into the post, but he didn’t care, he saved the goal, saved my back and they got my back and I got their back,” said Negrete.
The play Negrete was referring to, took place in the 58th minute, as sophomore defender Andy Teran made an outstanding goal-line-slide to save a goal from an indirect free kick, injuring himself on the play as he hit his shin on the goalpost.
It was reported that the injury was not serious with evidence that Teran and his team returned to the game after a 10-minute time-out. With the Roadrunners securing a win to start their season, it’ll be interesting to see how they do up against the Dons in Santa Ana on Friday.