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Ovando's Sideline Shot Gives Women's Soccer 1-1 Tie With Mt. SAC

Ovando's Sideline Shot Gives Women's Soccer 1-1 Tie With Mt. SAC image

For 90 minutes, the Pasadena City College and Mt. San Antonio College women's soccer teams traded a flurry of scoring attempts. But it was the most difficult shot of all for PCC that went in as Vania Ovando's goal from a tough angle with 12 minutes left gave the Lancers a hard-earned 1-1, South Coast Conference tie at Robinson Stadium Friday.

After Mt. SAC took a 1-0 lead on Diana Costello's goal in the 72nd minute, PCC would get a free kick along the sideline. Ovando set up the ball at the 17-yard line and despite the far angle was able to place a lofting shot that went over the head of Mt. SAC reserve goalie Loren Cerafice and hit the back center of the net. It was the fourth goal of the year for the left-footed kicking Ovando.

Ovando nearly gave PCC a victory with three minutes left. She got loose through the Mounties' defense on a breakaway, but her lob shot hit the crossbar. 

PCC improved to 5-2-3 overall and 1-1-2 in SCC play. Mt. SAC is 3-5-2 and 2-0-2 in conference. 

The Lancers and Mt. San Antonio each recorded 17 shots on goal. PCC goalie Sarah Wallick made five of her six saves in the second half while Mt. SAC starting goalie Diana Zambrano had seven of her eight saves in the first half. 

PCC had strong defensive games from Chanel Lewis and Lisa Kelley while receiving offensive spurts from Alexandra Dreves, Ovando, and Cristina Tachiquin. Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel was stopped on a point blank shot in the 21st minute.

On October 5 at Cerritos College, the Lancers dropped a 3-0 decision to the Falcons.

On Tuesday, October 12, the Lancers host Los Angeles Harbor College in a 1 p.m. conference match.

[Photo--Vania Ovando delivers her game-tying goal from the sideline as PCC tied Mt. San Antonio, 1-1, Friday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

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