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Men's Soccer Scoreless Again, But Ties Wolverines

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While the Pasadena City College men's soccer team is still looking for its first victory since the end of the 2008 season, the Lancers are gaining confidence in 2010 as new head coach Edgar Manvelyan has the team playing inspired defense. PCC gained its second consecutive 0-0 tie Tuesday in a tough battle with San Bernardino Valley at Robinson Stadium.

PCC goalie Jorge Cervantes made several spectacular saves and nine in all to become the first Lancers' goalie since Gaetano Perez in 2006 to backstop two straight shutouts. With 18 minutes left, Cervantes, a freshman from Pasadena Muir High, made a leaping stop off a header by San Bernardino's Joshua Escobar.

On the game's final play, Cervantes dove for a cross pass inside the box as the referees blew the final whistle.

Manvelyan was pleased with his defenders, citing strong play by freshmen Josh Cuevas and Julio Osorio. Sophomore defender Francisco Cantero also made two strong plays in the first half, including a sliding stop on a breakaway in the eighth minute of the match.

The Lancers (0-0-2) ended up outshooting the Wolverines (2-1-2), 12-11, and had many chances in the final 45 minutes. With just nine minutes left, forward Omar Reyes (Pasadena High) took a nifty lead pass from sophomore midfielder Derek Olson, but his short range shot was stopped by SBVC goalie Marco Moreno. Reyes ended up with half (six) of PCC's total shot attempts.

Another two players who impressed were international players and frosh midfielders, Ryosuke Tarui (from Japan) and Valentine Obinwa (from Nigeria). The pair had several exciting rushes, but could not ultimately break through a talented SBVC defense that was led by Escobar and Eric Gonzalez. Wolverines' forward Garrett Belger was another player who controlled the ball on both sides of the field.

The Lancers hope to stop the program's 24-match winless streak on Friday, Sept. 10 when they host Cuyamaca in a 2 p.m. kickoff.

[Photo--Lancer goalie Jorge Cervantes makes this leaping stop late in PCC's 0-0 tie with San Bernardino Valley Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

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