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Men's Soccer Cashes In On Red Card, Beats Compton, 2-1

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Apparently Target is not the only place a red card comes in handy. On Tuesday, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team appeared it would have to accept a tie against El Camino College-Compton Center as the 1-1 game entered the final moments of extra time at Robinson Stadium.

However, the physical play that was seen throughout the contest reached an ugly climax for Compton. Starting goalie Erik Manchacha was whistled for a red card and ejection for throwing an elbow at PCC's Julio Osorio inside the goalie box as he held the ball in his other hand.

The infraction gave Pasadena an automatic penalty kick and sophomore defender Francisco Cantero played hero as he rifled the game-winning goal in the upper right corner of the net, beating Compton's second goalie Issac Carbajal. Instead of a tie, PCC walked away from its South Coast Conference opener with a 2-1 victory.

The Lancers improved to a sparkling 4-1-2 overall under first-year head coach Edgar Manvelyan only a year after PCC went winless in 2009 (0-20-1). The Tartars fell to 0-4-1 overall.

Ironically, a rough play in the second half resulted in Compton's tying goal. In the 59th minute, PCC's Elio Anguiano and Compton's Adrian Robles battled for a loose ball in Lancers' territory. It appeared Robles pushed Anguiano in the back, tripping the defender as Robles followed with a cross angle shot that beat goalie Jorge Cervantes for the goal. The non-foul call infuriated Manvelyan and the Lancers' bench.

Pasadena took a 1-0 halftime lead, scoring in the 37th minute as Erik Rios sent a perfectly placed corner kick that was redirected by Josh Cuevas into the net.

PCC's defense continues to be the team's strength with Anguiano, Osorio, Cantero, and Yeyson Caballeros constantly clearing out potential Compton opportunities. Cervantes relieved the game's starting goalie Fernando Zavala (no saves, first half), making three saves in the second half. In the 88th minute, he dove to punch away a close-range attempt by Compton's Christian Saray.

In seven matches this season, PCC has allowed only six goals.

The Lancers return to action Friday, October 1 when they travel to face Long Beach City College for a 4 p.m. conference match.

[Photo--Valentine Obinwa heads the ball in front of the Lancers goal during the team's 2-1 win over ECC Compton Center Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/28/10
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