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Knights Erase 2-Goal Deficit, But Fall to SBVC, 4-3


The San Diego City College men's soccer team erased a two-goal deficit on Tuesday, but could not complete the comeback as San Bernardino Valley broke the tie in the 78th minute to win the PCAC opener, 4-3.

The Knights have dropped two straight and fell to 1-4 overall, their worst start since 2015 when they also went 1-4 in the first five matches. 

Jonathon Bonilla scored San Bernardino's first goal in the sixth minute from 25 yards out. Lance Diaz gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead when he scored in the 45th minute.

The Knights, however, got back into it with with a goal just before the halftime whistle in stoppage time. Luis Espinoza dribbled along the left side, through a couple SBVC defenders, and crossed the ball over to Isaac Mejia in front of the net for the easy goal. 

San Bernardino seemingly took command of the game with a Raymundo Zuniga goal in the 63rd minute to go ahead 3-1, but the Knights kept fighting. 

City earned a penalty kick in the 67th minute after a foul by SBVC goalkeeper Abraham Garces. Jose Garcia took the kick and hit the back of the net to bring the Knights within a goal. 

Then, in the 76th minute, Erwin Hampton's strong throw in made it near the left goal post where Abraham Rodriguez was waiting and he headed in the equalizer. 

Unfortunately for City, San Bernardino responded two minutes later with the go-ahead goal from Fred Zaragoza. 

Next up for the Knights will be a road game at Palomar on Friday, September 15. They will be back home against College of the Desert on Tuesday, September 19 at 3:15 p.m.

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