ARC men’s soccer looking for its first win against Napa Valley College


A soccer player from ARC and a player from Feather River College clash as they fight for the possession of the ball in ARC’s season opening loss to Feather River College. ARC dominated possession, but couldn’t find the back of the net, losing 1-0. (Photo by Joe Padilla)

Johnnie Heard

American River College’s men’s soccer team is still looking for its first win of the 2015 season against 3-1-1 Napa Valley College, a team that is coming off a 1-1 tie against Ohlone College.

“From what I heard they have been doing pretty good,” said freshman center back Roberto Rodriguez.

“We haven’t.”

ARC is still trying to score more than one point in any of its games. ARC’s offense has been stagnant to start the season, with just 0.7 goals per game and four shots on goal all season.

By contrast, Napa is fourth in the state with 1.50 shot percentage.

“We need to score, that’s about it,” said freshman center Eddie Cervantes.

ARC players said they feel like there is a sense of urgency in this particular matchup, and Rodriguez said this game is a must win.

Players agreed that execution and finishing are areas the team needs to work on.

“We definitely need to work on finishing because throughout the season we haven’t scored too many goals,” said Rodriguez.

Freshman goalie Ricardo Vega echoed that statement.

“We need to work on finishing and communication. Technically we got it all passing, shooting, everything,” said Vega.

One area the team is excelling is in time of possession, according to Rodriguez.

“We’re dominating most of the games (in that area) but we’re just missing that one last touch for the goal,” he said.  

ARC last played Napa on the road on Sept. 13 2013, and won the game 2-0.