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Women's Soccer Falls To San Bernardino Valley, 4-1

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Last year in the team's second match of the season, the Pasadena City College women's soccer team would suffer the worst loss in the program's history, a 10-0 defeat at San Bernardino Valley College. The 2010 Lancers and new head coach Randy Lilavois didn't get revenge for that lopsided match Tuesday but they certainly showed the talented Wolverines they were better than the '09 squad in a 4-1 PCC loss at Robinson Stadium. 

The Lancers are 1-1 overall while San Bernardino improved to 3-0-1.

At one point, PCC had tied the game, 1-1, on the third goal of the season by freshman Vania Ovando, who took an indirect free kick touch by sophomore Marina Lesse, and rifled in a 24-yard blast in the upper corner of the net. Ovando's score in the 18th minute was one of just two shots taken by the Lancers in the first half.

The Wolverines took a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute when PCC goalie Yvette Hernandez made a poor choice in saving a ball that was headed out of bounds and kicking it out. Angela Young made a steal at the 15-yard line and lofted a shot that eluded an out-of-position Hernandez for the score.

SBVC made it 3-1 by halftime with Angelina King's goal in the 34th minute.

Despite Hernandez's mistake, the sophomore was stellar at times, making six saves, none better than a spectacular one-hand bat away of a breakaway attempt by SBVC's Crystal Sanchez just three minutes into the match.

Wolverines' reserve forward Amanda Simpson would score her second goal of the match in the 55th minute to cap the game's offense. Just three minutes earlier, PCC nearly cut the margin to one but Lisa Kelley's header in the box was knocked away by defender Jensen Keith right at the goal-stripe.

Overall, PCC was outshot, 19-7, but did not back down against a powerful San Bernardino offensive attack. The Lancers got a moral victory in keeping Wolverines' forward Ruby Leon scoreless. Leon, who was the team's top scorer going into the match, has fond memories of a 5-goal performance last year at PCC when she was a freshman playing for Cerritos College. That was the most goals ever scored by an opponent v. a Lancers team.

For Pasadena, sophomore defenders Analuisa Castro and Amy Wallace stood out in the defeat.

PCC next plays at Santa Ana College in a 3 p.m. non-conference match Friday, Sept. 10.

[Photo--Vania Ovando boots in PCC's lone goal Tuesday in a 4-1 loss against visiting San Bernardino Valley, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/07/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu