American River College men’s soccer team ended in a 0-0 score, after a tough match against San Joaquin Delta College on Oct. 23 at ARC’s home stadium.
The game started with strong defense from ARC, and the team continued to play well defensively against SJD until the end.
ARC head coach Paul Hansen said he planned the formation of the team “five, four, one,”—which means he assigned four players in defense, five in the midfield and one forward, which resulted in stronger play, he said.
“We started to defend better,” Hansen said. “We played four, five, one so we were very defensive.”
Player Dalton Catanzaro, psychology major, said that the new formation in the last two games helped the team achieve a good result.
“We came out and beat them. Our formation helped us a lot; our communication is getting better as team,” Catanzaro said.
Catanzaro said he also believes that SJD was a strong team that had zero to lose in the league, but still competed very well.
After 90 minutes of play, neither team was able to capitalize and secure a win, bringing the game to a tie.
“I think we played very well, this is the first team in the league that [doesn’t] have a single loss,” Catanzaro said.
ARC’s Jonas Babel-Buckner said he felt the game was very tough and they played with one of the best teams of the league.
“They are one of the best teams in conference right now. They have won five games with no losses,” Babel-Buckner said.
According to Babel-Buckner, the league is letting toughness slide because of there is only three more games. In addition, teams want to come out with a good result.
“We just try to keep straight going we won on Friday, we tries today we just try to more wins and get more points and finish the season strong,” Babel Buckner said.