Brycen Neville scored the game winning goal for American River College men’s soccer team against San Joaquin Delta College, making it the first win for ARC the entire season with a score of 1-0.
“The goalie came out, and I got to the middle of the field and I just shot it,” said Neville.
It was the first time ARC’s men’s team delivered a shutout this season.
Coach Paul Hansen said that he was pleased that the team is still playing to win.
“It has been a very tough season, but our guys was committed to finish strong and finish as strong as we could,” Hansen said.
Hansen said, “We had so many close games that (have) gone against us for our own reason, but today to come up on top and find the goal and to hold on to it was very special for the guys.”
“It was just a relief. We had a tough season. It feels good to have a win,” said Neville.
Yellow cards were handed out frequently throughout the game, especially in the second half. One player received a yellow card for talking back to a referee.
“I don’t think there were a lot,” said Hansen. “A lot of emotions were boiling up for the guys. It is somewhat typical.”
Neville said the coaches were specifically harsh on their calls towards ARC.
However, he later went on to say, “That’s how it is, man. Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t.”
Modesto defeated ARC the last time the two teams played each other this season with a score of 3-0.
“We are going to try to end this season on a win,” said Hansen. “The guys are excited and rather not ending wanting to quit, they are excited to play.”
ARC’s last home game of the season will be against Modesto College on Nov. 14.