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Another 0-0 Tie For Defense-Minded Men's Soccer

Another 0-0 Tie For Defense-Minded Men's Soccer image

Defense has been a constant force for the 2010 Pasadena City College men's soccer team. The Lancers' offense has been another story under first-year head coach Edgar Manvelyan. For the third time this season, PCC played to a 0-0 tie, going scoreless against Los Angeles Harbor College Tuesday in a South Coast Conference match at PCC's Robinson Stadium. 

Pasadena is an impressive 2-1-2 in SCC play, and holds a 5-2-4 overall record. LA Harbor remains undefeated in conference play (2-0-3) and also 5-2-4 overall.

The Lancers have been held scoreless five times thus far, but also have put together four shutouts with the help of goalie Jorge Cervantes. PCC's defense has allowed an average of exactly one goal per game (11 goals allowed overall in 11 matches). Manvelyan has completely turned around the fortunes of PCC just a year after the team went winless (0-20-1) and had the state's poorest defense.

However, PCC's offense has been a concern, especially after one of the team's two most productive forwards--Khaled Gara--had to leave the game 16 minutes into the contest with an injury to his head. Gara, who is tied for the team lead in goals with three, is expected to return to the lineup soon. Ironically, PCC inserted playmaker Omar Reyes back into the lineup to replace Gara after he had missed five games with a concussion.

Reyes, who also has three goals as does defender Francisco Cantero, had an open shot from 15 yards out in the 90th minute, but his attempt was stopped by Harbor goalie Greg Williams. Then, in extra time, Reyes nearly set up the tie-breaking goal.

Reyes took a free kick from the 25 yard-line and placed a short ball for a streaking Derek Olson, who got underneath the Harbor defense, but saw his wide-open flick shot sail over the Harbor goal. The referees whistled for the game's end following the play.

The scoring opportunity was the closest either team got to reaching the back of the net. Overall, PCC's defender corps of Cantero, Enrique Miranda, Jordan Brooksher, and Joshua Cuevas kept Harbor's offense from generating chances. Harbor's defender crew of Juan Serafin, Hector Lopez, Anthony Gallegos and Ivan Gonzalez was equally as effective in limiting the Lancers.

Harbor outshot PCC, 11-9, as Cervantes and Williams each made four saves.

Pasadena will visit East Los Angeles College Friday, October 15 in a 6 p.m., SCC kickoff in Monterey Park.

[Photo--Lancers forward Derek Olson (17) goes up high to try to kick the ball away from LA Harbor's Ian Royds during PCC's 0-0 tie Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/12/10
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