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Men's Soccer Suffers Worst Home Defeat, Cerritos Wins, 8-0

Men's Soccer Suffers Worst Home Defeat, Cerritos Wins, 8-0 image

For the first 34 minutes of its South Coast Conference game Tuesday, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team used solid play by its defenders to stay scoreless with national power Cerritos College. For the last 56 minutes, PCC showed why it's still winless after 16 matches this season.

The Falcons scored six second-half goals and handed the Lancers their worst home loss in school history, 8-0, at Robinson Stadium. Pasadena (0-15-1, 0-8-1 in SCC action) was outshot, 30-9, by Cerritos. State leading scorer Luis Gonzalez scored two goals and Ruben Gonzalez also added a pair for Cerritos (now 13-1-2 and 7-1-1 in conference play).

Cerritos goalie Anthony Iniquez stopped one of PCC's few scoring opportunities when he made a diving save at the goal-line on a header by Lazaro Zuniga in the 59th minute. Zuniga made a perfect attempt off of a free kick by Alan De Leon, but Iniquez timed his dive just right to make the stop.

In the first half, the PCC defending corps of Francisco Cantero, Raul Ruiz and Justin Gener were able to close down Cerritos' offensive firepower. The Falcons would force the play in the second half as the Lancers suffered numerous breakdowns around their own goal.

Maybe an example of the frustration that has mounted for the Lancers occurred with nine minutes left when Cesar Castillo stole the ball from Pasadena goalie Iran Rodriguez, who was trying to kick it out of the box, with Castillo cashing in for another Falcons goal.

Rodriguez made 11 saves.

PCC next plays at East Los Angeles College Friday, October 30 in a 4 p.m. conference match.

[Photo--Rodolfo Bueno (left red jersey) gets his leg extended going for a loose ball with teammates Raul Ruiz (22) and Justin Gener (4) looking on during the Lancers' 8-0 loss to Cerritos Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/27/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu