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Manvelyan Coaching Era Begins With Scoreless Tie At Golden West

After having one of the state's poorest goals against averages last year, the Pasadena City College men's soccer program turned a positive Friday in the 2010 season opener. New head coach Edgar Manvelyan guided the Lancers to a 0-0 tie at Golden West College.

The Lancers, a program that went winless last year at 0-20-1, earned a tie v. the Rustlers thanks to stellar defense around goalie Jorge Cervantes. The freshman only had to make 4 saves to earn the shutout. While PCC's offense didn't generate much, the Lancers managed to keep the ball often away from the Pasadena frosh netminder.

Manvelyan credited the play of his two center-midfielders, Elio Anguiano (Pasadena's Marshall Fundamental) and Julio Osorio (Santee Educational Complex, Los Angeles), in doing a "great job" as well as Cervantes, a John Muir High product who picked up a shutout in his collegiate debut.

"We have to stress defense and keeping the ball out of our zone," Manvelyan said. "We picked up a tie, but we also built confidence in our defense. Goals will come for us, but the encouraging thing is that we didn't have any defensive breakdowns. In a close game like this, all it takes is one mistake. We earned this tie."

PCC extended a winless string that goes back to the 2008 season. The Lancers are 0-21-2 in their last 23 matches.

Manvelyan's squad hopes to get that elusive win on Tuesday, Sept. 7 when PCC hosts San Bernardino Valley in a non-conference match at 2 p.m.

Release Date: 08/28/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu