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Offense Musters 2-Goal Comeback, But Women's Soccer Falls 4-2
The Pasadena City College women's soccer team forced the play in controlling the offensive side of the field during Tuesday's match against visiting Mt. San Antonio College.
The Lancers bombarded Mt. SAC goalie Dianna Zambrano with 24 shots on goal, and capped a comeback from two goals down when Melissa Fudge initially tied the game, 2-2, on a score in the 73rd minute.
But just a minute later, the Mounties' Cindy Paez blasted in a 25-yard shot into the upper corner for the decisive goal as Mt. San Antonio downed Pasadena, 4-2, in a South Coast Conference game at Robinson Stadium.
Paez scored 2 goals for Mt. SAC, now 10-5-2 overall and 8-2-1 in the SCC. Despite maybe the team's most heroic effort of the season, PCC fell to 7-9-1 and 4-6-1 in conference play.
PCC trailed 2-0 at halftime before clawing back in it when Molly Pink punched in a rebound goal off a shot by Bianca Garoian in the 64th minute. It was Pink's sixth goal of the season. Pink would then send a lead pass to a racing Fudge, who rifled in her team-leading eighth goal that tied it.
The Lancers were stopped often by Zambrano, who made 13 saves. But the biggest stop was turned in by the Mt. SAC cross bar when Pink's attempt in the 88th minute just missed the upper part of the goal and bounced off the bar. A few minutes later during injury time, the Mounties sealed the victory on a breakaway goal by Christina Ascencio.
While Zambrano played well for Mt. SAC, Pasadena goalie Yvette Hernandez made two brilliant stops late in the match on breakaways, including one on Brianna Joseph in the 85th minute. Hernandez made 7 saves.
Fudge, Pink, Garoian, Alexa Weigand, Marina Lesse, Somaya Bonouar, Maya Kasfy, and Heather French all contributed in pushing the offensive play for the Lancers.
"We outplayed them, but it just didn't show on the scoreboard," PCC Head Coach Cherif Zein said. "We created so many opportunities. I was proud of the way we battled back. It seems that in a lot of matches, we're a shot here, a post there, or we get stoned by the other team's goalie. Luck just isn't on our side."
The Lancers travel to face El Camino College Friday, November 6 in a 3 p.m. SCC match.
[Photo--Molly Pink is right on the spot as she scores her sixth goal on a rebound during the Lancers' 4-2 loss to Mt. San Antonio College Tuesday afternoon at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/03/09