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Hernandez, Women's Soccer Shuts Down Cerritos, Earn 0-0 Tie

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The first-place Cerritos College women's soccer team was scoring at nearly a four goals a game clip against South Coast Conference opponents coming into their match at Pasadena City College Friday. In the three of their past four matches alone, the Falcons had posted routs over LA Harbor, 5-0, East Los Angeles, 7-0, and El Camino College-Compton Center, 6-0.

The Lancers refused to be another victim of the Cerritos scoring machine. Tenacious defense and stellar goaltending by Yvette Hernandez gave PCC a key 0-0 tie at Robinson Stadium as the Lancers kept alive their playoff hopes.

Pasadena is 7-4-5 overall and 3-3-4 in conference play. Cerritos is 14-1-2 and undefeated in SCC play at 8-0-2.

PCC Head Coach Randy Lilavois decided to shake up the team by inserting some of his season-long reserves into the starting lineup. The strategy proved to lift the Lancers as forward Jenne Jasper and midfielder Sarah Carretino played well in their rare starting roles.

Analuisa Castro was outstanding on defense as the sophomore used physical play to offset the finesse offense applied by Cerritos. Defender Amy Wallace also stepped up again at sweeper with top defender Lisa Kelley missing significant minutes during the match due to a sore ankle.

Hernandez, a sophomore goalkeeper, proved to again be the big story. Making nine saves, Hernandez now has shutouts in each of her last four starts and lowered her goals against average to below 1 goal (0.94). In the 20th minute, Hernandez robbed a goal-scoring attempt by Tatiana Cortes in her best stop of the game. She extended her string of shutout minutes to 384, last being scored upon late in the first Cerritos meeting on Oct. 5.

"This was a huge tie because it helps us in the power rankings formula that decides playoff seeds," Lilavois said. "We've had plenty of injuries that has hurt us offensively. Today, we figured we were going to help ourselves by containing Cerritos. We limited our mistakes and received big play from defenders like Castro and Wallace. Yvette continues to shine in goal for us."

PCC played without injured top playmaker Vania Ovando. While PCC had few opportunites on offense, Jasper nearly broke through on one play in the first half, but was knocked down on a breakaway before getting off a shot.

The Lancers next visit Mt. San Antonio College Tuesday, Nov. 2 in a 2 p.m. match.

[Photo--Yvette Hernandez continues her shutout string to 384 minutes in making a save during PCC's 0-0 tie with Cerritos College Friday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/30/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu