GPC Men’s Soccer Team vs. Lindbergh College (2-1)
By: Maurice Raeford, Billy Esselburn
The GPC Jaguar soccer team enjoyed a great win over Lindbergh College on Aug. 31.
Lindbergh College is ranked amongst the top five teams, and GPC was able to edge out a victory with a 2-1 score.
The game was very intense. GPC’s Reece Weldon (number four) scored the first goal 10 minutes into the game.
The next goal was scored by Lindbergh College 10 minutes into the second half. So the score remained tied at 1-1 until Weldon scored a penalty kick with five minutes and 32 seconds left in the game.
Freshman defender, Alejandro Mendoza (number 15) added, “The team lives by the motto of go hard or go home.”
This was a very competitive game with a lot of defense, but also a lot of penalties.
Heated words from the opposing team towards our team almost caused a confrontation to break out. But due to the good nature of fellow teammates that showed good sportsmanship, the confrontation was resolved.
In the midst of the game, the opposing team tried hard to use dirty tactics such as tripping, sliding tackles, pushing, fake injury, and one crazy flying knee that missed one of our players. Also, there were plenty of yellow cards issued out to the opposing team for such actions. This was a shock because Lindbergh College is a top five team.
At the end of the game, the coach for LC came up to our players and said some nasty words to our team. This infuriated our coach, Coach Zagara, in which he told him to leave the field.
While this was happening, some of the players from Lindbergh College decided to change their clothes while still on the bench. This was so unprofessional as a team and as a college itself.
As their bus pulled up, Lindbergh players proceeded to exchange rude gestures to our team as they went into the GPC locker room.
When this occurred, Coach Zagara told our players to cool down and just wait to use the locker room. After the game, Coach Zagara said, “Our strategy was to outwork the other team. And as far as improving, I want us to get a little better and improve every day.”
All of the players respect the coach a lot.