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Men's Soccer Snakebit In 1-1 Tie With East LA

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With a 1-0 lead and the regulation 90 minutes expired, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team experienced the worst case scenario in extra time Tuesday. A controversial hand ball was called against PCC's Julio Osorio on a play in the goalie box, resulting in a penalty kick for visiting East Los Angeles College.

The Huskies' Fredy Alcaraz took advantage of the opportunity in sending in the tying goal as PCC had to settle for a 1-1, South Coast Conference tie. With one game remaining in the regular season, the Lancers appear to to be out of luck in qualifying for the upcoming regional playoffs as their record stands at 6-6-7 overall and 3-5-5 in conference. 

To add insult to injury for PCC, Osorio, who had played a strong game on defense, was whistled for a red card for apparently tripping Alcaraz after he had scored. The ejection suspends him for the team's finale at El Camino College Thursday, Nov. 11 (3 p.m.). 

Cervantes had another stellar goaltending performance for the Lancers as he made seven saves. His best stop was the final play of the first half as he made a point-blank save on a header by ELAC's Jesus Flores.

After being shut out in its previous two matches, PCC would reach pay dirt when Ryosuke Tarui captured a loose ball in the box and tapped a shot for his first goal in the 75th minute. Tarui, from Japan, created several scoring chances as Pasadena made a furious offensive attack in the second half of the contest.

The Lancers can look back at a missed opportunity in the 65th minute. Defender Francisco Cantero was knocked down on a play in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Cantero, who had two penalty kick scores this season, missed wide right on his attempt.

East LA (9-5-5, 7-2-4 in SCC games) outshot Pasadena, 16-11. 

The Lancers received high-level performances from Tarui, midfielder Valentine Obinwa, and forward Derek Olson, who frequently made drives toward the net. 

PCC broke a three-game losing streak, including tough 1-0 losses at LA Harbor (Nov. 5) and at Mt. San Antonio (Nov. 2). 

[Photo--Ryosuke Tarui fires in the PCC's only goal Tuesday in a 1-1 tie v. East Los Angeles at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.

Release Date: 11/09/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu