The Hawks lost 3-1 to the Cañada Colts on the road this past Tuesday Sept. 25.
Conference play has not started off the way it was envisioned for the men’s soccer team at LPC.
The first half was competitive, with LPC having more shots on goal. After a goal from Colts’ midfielder Ulyssis Milanes, Hawks’ center midfielder Gerardo Garcia answered right back with a goal of his own towards the end of the half to tie it up.
In the second half, Cañada took control with two unanswered goals from midfielder Andres Peredes Carrasco.
The Hawks continue to not be able to capitalize on opportunities to come out on top.
“We were not able to carry the momentum from the first half to the second,” Head coach Larry Aguiar said.
“We need to do a better job of finishing strong, the pieces are there.”
In two conference games, the Hawks have been unsuccessful in their efforts to get a win.
They played undefeated Hartnell (3-0-5) to a scoreless draw in the conference opener on Sept. 22.
Their record now stands at 1-3-4 overall with a 0-1-1 conference record.
It is about a third of the way into the season.
The Hawks only have one win, which is out of conference.
However, the players are optimistic about the future because of the amount of close games they have been in this year.
With Conference play underway, Midlfielder Jacob Torres feels now is the time to do damage.
“We’ve been in a bunch of close games this year,” Torres said. “I think those (close games) are going to turn into wins now.”
The team seems to be gelling together.
The Hawks have been trying to play more of the team oriented soccer that coach Aguiar stresses to the team.
They will need to keep working on improving that if they want to have more wins this year.
“The team is playing more motivated than the last year I played,” Sophomore midfielder Edgar Santana said.
“All the games have been close.”
The Hawks next game will be at home on Friday Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. against Gavilan College.