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Men's Soccer In Unfamiliar Territory
For a program where success has been the norm, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team is wondering when its 2009 opening-season nightmare will end. The Lancers went winless in pre-South Coast Conference play and are trying to snap the school's longest losing streak, now at seven matches.Outscored 29-7 in those games, PCC opens SCC play Tuesday, Sept. 29 with a 1 p.m. game at LA Harbor College.
While PCC has improved its play in the past two matches, the end results are not what Lancers associate head coach Warren Altounian had in mind.
"It's going to be tough for us to show improvement on the win board when we will face far better teams in the South Coast Conference," Altounian said. "That doesn't mean the team won't improve, but it is a very hard situation for us. We have already lost to some teams that we probably should have beaten. All you can do is ask the players to play hard and hope things start turning around."
Against Cuyamaca at Robinson Stadium Sept. 25, the Lancers let a 2-1 lead slip away in a 4-3 loss to the Coyotes. Cuyamaca earned its first win of the season after also coming into the match with six losses.
After Cuyamaca took a 1-0 lead with a goal in the first minute, PCC's Gor Kirokosyan scored his team-leading third goal on a penalty kick to tie it at the 13-minute mark. Ten minutes later, Suren Shaginian scored his first goal of the year with an assist from Francisco Castro to give the Lancers a 2-1 advantage. In the second half, Cuyamaca's Dominic Satriano followed with 2 of the Coyotes' next 3 goals. With three minutes left, Lancer freshman Justin Gener knocked in a goal from Devin Mix to close the scoring.
In a 3-1 loss to visiting College of the Sequoias Sept. 22, the Lancers needed a penalty kick goal by Kirakosyan in the 72nd minute to prevent a blanking. The Lancers did pepper Sequoias goalie Antonio Diaz with many scoring opportunties as Diaz made 17 saves overall. For PCC, Iran Rodriguez made 9 saves (he had 8 v. Cuyamaca). Daniel Martinez's goal gave the Giants a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute, marking the game's decisive score.
[Photo: Pasadena's Hrant Narinyan (3), a freshman defender from Burbank High, plays the ball during the Lancers' 4-3 loss to Cuyamaca Friday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/28/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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