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Long Beach Strikes In Final Minute To Beat Women's Soccer, 1-0

Long Beach Strikes In Final Minute To Beat Women's Soccer, 1-0 image

Over the large course of the 90-plus minutes played Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, the host Pasadena City College women's soccer team controlled the ball, or frequently kept on the offensive against Long Beach City College. But like in any sport, the team that outplays its opponent doesn't always end up on the winning side.

Despite keeping the ball on the LBCC side of the field for nearly all of the final 20 minutes of play, the Lancers couldn't net a score. In the 90th minute, Long Beach broke the scoreless deadlock as Lauren Ingram's corner kick was headed in by Dennis Chaidez, giving the Vikings a 1-0 victory. It was Long Beach's fifth straight conference triumph.

The Lancers dropped to 7-4-4 overall and have an even 3-3-3 mark in the SCC. Long Beach is 8-5-3 and 6-2-1 in second place in the conference.

Pasadena outshot Long Beach, 11-5. Maybe its best scoring chance came in the 30th minute when Mallory Gutierrez made a nifty pass for a one-timer kick by Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel that was stopped by LBCC netminder Sara Thatcher. Thatcher finished with four saves.

PCC goalie Sarah Wallick had three saves, and the game's best stop just four minutes into the game. Chaidez got underneath the Lancers' defense and her point blank shot was caught by Wallick.

The Lancers received strong play from defenders Amy Wallace and Lisa Kelley, but also pushed the the ball into Long Beach territory often thanks to the work of midfielders Alexandra Dreves, Marina Lesse, Galeazzi-Pimentel and forward Gutierrez. 

Pasadena's scoring problems has now reached a stretch where the team has only six goals in its last eight conference matches, still recording two wins and three ties (and three losses) in that period. 

PCC's offense has been hurt by a slew of injuries, including one to top playmaker Vania Ovando, who left today's match with an undisclosed injury just 15 minutes into the contest. Stephanie Hernandez missed her second straight game due to a concussion. The team also lost Carlene Abad and Somauya Bounouar, both key players, to injuries that have kept them out for much of the season.

The Lancers next host first-place Cerritos College on Friday, Oct. 29 in a 1 p.m. match at Robinson Stadium.

[Photo--Sophomore defender Amy Wallace plays a header during the Lancers' 1-0 loss to visiting Long Beach City College Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/26/10
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