Vaqueros Victorious

Ricky Nuño, Staff Writer

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The Glendale Community College Vaqueros (4-8-3 record) played Bakersfield College (1-10-4) in a game where GCC had control almost all game with a 4-1 victory.

The Vaqueros have been able to capture a couple more wins since their loss to Santa Monica Community College, picking up two wins, a loss and a tie.  Overall it’s been an improvement from the team’s recent struggles to start the season. Glendale’s current run of success can be attributed to their upswing in offensive efficiency.

Glendale started the night off with their first shot attempt by Fabricio Bonilla, only to have the Bakersfield goalie Israel Rodriguez block it. Bakersfield responded with two attempts of their own by Edui Pardo and Brian Nava.

At 17:09 Bakersfield made two substitutions. Jose Daniel Guerrero came in for Russell Tetzschner and Alex Calderon for Luke Tovar.

Bakersfield’s Marshall Compton hit a header that misses wide followed by a shot from Glendale’s Wilmer Bonilla and a save by the Bakersfield goalie Rodriguez.

Glendale would get another corner opportunity at 24:27 but failed to capitalize on it. The Vaqueros and the Renegade Knights traded off missed shots, leading up to a substitution by Bakersfield.

Fabricio Bonilla missed a shot wide followed by an offsides on GCC. Glendale and Bakersfield then failed to score on corner kicks.

Yassine Laraichi broke the tie as he scored the first goal for the Vaqueros at 37:47, with an assist to Christopher Mazzi. Bakersfield did not go quietly though as they came back with a goal of their own off a free kick shot by Jesus Baraja.

The first shot of the second period came from Bakersfield, but Glendale’s Alexis Guzman made the save keeping Bakersfield from scoring. Bakersfield came back with a great shot by Alex Calderon but the shot went wide of the goal.

It did not take long for Glendale’s offense to heat up as fabricio Bonilla knocked in a goal making the score 2-1 in favour of GCC at 50:51, the assist to Christopher Mazzi number two on the day.

Glendale took back-to-back shots by Ahmed Alqatan and Wilmer Bonilla, both shots went wide. The Vaqueros continued their red hot offense with another goal by Luis Cervantes, his first on the season.

Bakersfield raked up a series of penalties with an offsides, a foul and a yellow card given to David Martinez.

The game, now out of reach for Bakersfield, ended with GCC rubbing salt in the Renegade Knight’s wound with another goal, this time  by Ahmed Alqatan, making the game 4-1 with 79:23. It was Alqtan’s first goal of the season.

Glendale hopes to continue their recent success as they take on Victor Valley on Oct. 24 at Victor Valley at 4:00 P.M. Then they come home to play Canyons on Friday, Oct. 27 at 5:00 P.M. 

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Vaqueros Victorious