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Host Men's Soccer Blown Out By LA Mission, 5-1

Host Men's Soccer Blown Out By LA Mission, 5-1 image A streak of play where it allowed 10 consecutive goals over two matches continued a rare season-opening slide by the Pasadena City College men's soccer team. Off to the college's worst start ever in the sport at 0-3, the Lancers were crushed by Los Angeles Mission, 5-1, Tuesday in their home opener at Robinson Stadium.LA Mission's William Velasquez scored 2 goals eight minutes apart early in the first half, then assisted on a goal by Juan Gomez in the 35th minute to make it 3-0 by halftime. The score could have been worse but PCC goalie Iran Rodriguez stopped Velasquez on a penalty kick, making a diving save to the left side in the 27th minute. The Lancers, who have been outscored 11-2 this season, broke the shutout with seven minutes left as reserve freshman midfielder David Krievs headed in a free kick off the foot of Gor Kirakosyan. The goal followed a red card called on LA Mission. Overall, LA Mission (2-1 record) totaled 26 shots to just 11 by the Lancers. Rodriguez, a freshman from Mountain View High, made 12 saves and often was left by himself in a rocky afternoon by the PCC defenders. Francisco Cantero, a defender from Marshall Fundamental, was one of the lone starters who helped out on defense. Cantero made a spectacular kick save that initially stopped Velasquez in the goal box, before he knocked in the rebound for the game's first goal. Pasadena looks for its first win of the season Friday, Sept. 11 when it plays a non-conference road game at Oxnard College. Game time is 4 p.m. [Photo--PCC defender Francisco Cantero (5) goes up high for the ball against LA Mission in the Lancers' 5-1, home-opening loss Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/08/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu