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Men's Soccer Can't Hold On In 2-1 Loss To Cerritos

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For the first 69 minutes Friday, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team had the upper hand on Cerritos College in their South Coast Conference match at Robinson Stadium. The Lancers led 1-0, but a Falcons rally produced two goals in a seven-minute span and sent PCC to a tough 2-1 loss.

The Lancers are 6-4-6 overall and 3-3-4 in conference play. The Falcons improved to 9-2-6 and 6-2-2 in SCC games, placing them just one point behind first-place Mt. San Antonio.

After a scoreless first half, PCC got on the board in the 52nd minute on a nifty play by two defenders. Josh Cueves sent in a corner throw-in and the 6-foot-4 Jordan Brooksher perfectly leveled a header shot into the goal for his first collegiate score.

Pasadena goalie Fernando Zavala, who played in place of an injured Jorge Cervantes, was brilliant in the defeat, making nine saves. The freshman nearly prevented both of Cerritos' goals.

In the 70th minute, Zavala stopped an initial point-blank header by Chadd Johnson, but the rebound was immediately deposited for the tying goal by Edgar Melendrez. Three minutes later, Zavala made back-to-back dazzling saves, robbing Johnson of a rebound attempt in the box.

In the 77th minute, Amilcar Lopez found a breaking Briant Reyes, who sent a blast from 20 yards out. Zavala dove and got his finger tips on the ball, but the shot just snuck into the far inside corner of the net for the decider. Reyes has three goals for the Falcons--all three game-winning scores.

Cerritos outshot the Lancers, 18-11.

Pasadena has an opportunity to strengthen its postseason playoff chances this Tuesday, Nov. 2 when it has a 4 p.m. rematch with first-place Mt. San Antonio at the Walnut campus. The Lancers beat the Mounties at PCC earlier this month, 3-2.

[Photo--Fernando Zavala goes up to secure the ball during PCC's 2-1 loss to Cerritos at Robinson Stadium Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]

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