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Winless Men's Soccer Season Ends on Friday, the 13th
It was almost a fitting way to end the season for the Pasadena City College men's soccer team. The 2009 Lancers closed a winless season on Friday, the 13th, losing to visiting Long Beach City College, 4-2, at Robinson Stadium.
The Lancers finished with an 11-game losing streak and a record of 0-20-1 overall and 0-13-1 for eighth and last place in the South Coast Conference. PCC hasn't won since the second round of last year's Southern California Regional Playoffs when it beat Los Angeles Harbor College in overtime, 4-2.
That was nearly a year ago and it was almost exactly a year since it last won a regular season match when it defeated El Camino, 6-0, on Nov. 14, 2008.
Against Long Beach, PCC allowed a goal in the first minute, but tied it 1-1 on sophomore Lazaro Zuniga's fourth goal in the 23rd minute on a pass from freshman Francisco Castro (his team-leading sixth assist). LBCC scored the next three goals before sophomore Devin Mix at least allowed the Lancers a happy note to end the year with a goal with three minutes left in the match.
Iran Rodriguez, the Lancers goalie in 20 of the team's 21 matches, should receive a medal for perserverance after facing more shots than likely any goalie in the state this year. Rodriguez finished with 163 saves this year, a new school record and most for a career. All-SCC perfomer Jorge Sainz last year had the previous mark of 146.
[Photo--Lazaro Zuniga heads the ball away to prevent a goal during the Lancers' season-ending 4-2 loss to Long Beach City College Friday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/16/09