Santa Ana College Men’s Soccer Wins Second State Title; Record Seventh Overall
Santa Ana College won its second consecutive men's state soccer title and record seventh overall as the Dons (24-2-1) downed previously undefeated Santa Rosa Junior College (23-1), 3-1, in the championship game of 2005 California Community College Commission On Athletics Soccer Championships held in December at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA.
Hugo Ramos and Omar Ramos each scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Dons. Abraham Cruz, who was named the men’s state soccer championships most valuable player, put Santa Ana up 1-0 on a penalty kick in the 41st minute. The Dons were awarded the penalty kick following a handball call (yellow card) on Bear Cubs' midfielder inside the penalty box. Cruz ricocheted a shot off the right post that hit the shoulder of Bear Cubs' goalkeeper before crossing the end line to give the Dons the lead.
Two minutes later, out of frustration, the Bear Cubs’ picked up another yellow card that resulting in an ejection after tripping a Santa Ana player from behind giving the Dons a man advantage to start the second half.
The Dons took advantage of the extra man and made it 2-0 when Omar Ramos scored off of Hugo Ramo's pass on a breakaway goal.
The Bear Cubs were forced to play two men down when another team player was dismissed from the match after receiving his second yellow card in the 72nd minute. Hugo Ramos gave the Dons a 3-0 lead eight minutes later when he collected a double pass from Richardo Juarez and Omar Ramos on the left side to beat the Bear Cubs.
Despite being shorthanded, Santa Rosa made it 3-1 in the 82nd minute.
The goal was the first given up by the Dons in the previous four state championship matches dating back to last year.
SAC State Titles: 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004
SAC National Titles: 1996, 2004
SAC Men’s Soccer Website: www.sac.edu/msoccer