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End-To-End Offense As Men's Soccer Outlasts LBCC, 3-2

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Playing in four 0-0 ties already this season, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team has often found itself in a position of being almost too careful to not make mistakes. The team's playing style has been tweaked a few times this season by head coach Edgar Manvelyan in an effort to generate offense without compromising the team's defense.

On Tuesday afternoon at Robinson Stadium, the Lancers and visiting Long Beach City College threw out the text book on territorial soccer. They dueled in a fast-paced, end-to-end shootout with the Lancers prevailing, 3-2, in a South Coast Conference game that featured a combined 37 shots on goal.

In ending a four-game winless streak (0-1-3), the Lancers improved to 6-3-6 overall and 3-2-4 in SCC play. Long Beach is 6-5-5 and 3-3-3.

PCC jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead on goals by reserve forwards Brandon Flores and Bryan Garcia. In the second half, Long Beach sacrificed its defense to go on the offensive attack. The result was a bevy of shots for the Vikings, but an endless amount of breakaway opportunities for the Lancers.

Pasadena fired away at LBCC reserve goalie Jorge Becerra, but were robbed of at least five golden scoring chances by Becerra's acrobatic saves. A miscue by PCC goalie Jorge Cervantes allowed Long Beach's Adrian Garcia to steal the ball from him in the box and cut the score to 2-1 in the 55th minute.

In the 69th minute, PCC's Elio Anguiano tossed in a throw-in from the corner. Backup forward Erik Rios reeled in the throw and then knocked in a short-range shot to up the Lancers' lead back to two, 3-1.

LBCC wouldn't quit, scoring in the 79th minute on a goal by Tony Gonzalez. With four minutes left, PCC reserve goalie Fernando Zavala made a key save on a side angle shot in the box by Long Beach's Jesse Aguirre.

For Pasadena, Derek Olson, Yuta Tsuijioka, Aram Emirzian, Kevin Figueroa and Josh Cuevas all had one-on-one shot attempts that were stopped by Becerra. By game's end, Becerra had nine saves in playing just the second half for LBCC.

The game was scoreless until the 40th minute when Flores headed in a rebound shot to give PCC a 1-0 advantage. Just three minutes later, reserve forward Ryosuke Tarui dribbled the ball into the far left corner, then delivered a precision lateral pass to a streaking Garcia who tallied his first goal of the year.

Tarui, Flores and midfielder Valentine Obinwa created many scoring opportunites for the Lancers with skilled manuevers.

Cervantes finished with five saves in 69 minutes of goalie play with Zavala making two saves over the last 21 minutes. Defenders Enrique Miranda and Jordan Brooksher played well in front of the two goalies, clearing out several Long Beach attempts.

The Lancers next host Cerritos College Friday, Oct. 29 in a 3 p.m. match at Robinson Stadium.

[Photo--PCC's Valentine Obinwa, from Nigeria, (22), battles for the ball against Long Beach's Adrian Garcia during Pasadena's 3-2 win over the Vikings Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/26/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu