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Tie Is Fitting End To Season For Men's Soccer

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The Pasadena City College men's soccer team played well enough to match many of the top opponents from the South Coast Conference this season. But often its games were almost too even. The Lancers closed out the 2010 season Thursday with their eighth tie in 20 matches, a 2-2 draw at El Camino College.

Pasadena made a fine rebound from a winless 2009 season under first-year head coach Edgar Manvelyan. His Lancers produced a 6-6-8 overall record and a 3-5-6 mark in the SCC, which put the team in fifth place in the powerful eight-team league.

While Pasadena had one of the state's toughest defenses, allowing just 1.25 goals per game, the team could only score an average of 1.45 goals. In the 14 SCC games, the Lancers produced just 14 goals or exactly one per game. 

Against El Camino, both Rimar Daisley-West and Bryan Garcia picked up their second goals of the season. 

Freshman goalie Jorge Cervantes proved to be one of the team's top players as he posted a 1.20 goals against average and .817 save percentage (85 total saves). Cervantes had five shutouts to his credit.

Offensively, Khaled Gara, Omar Reyes and Francisco Cantero (pictured) all tied for the PCC goals lead with three a piece. Kevin Figueroa topped the Lancers in assists with four. 

PCC's defender corps was a center of strength for the squad. Cantero, Julio Osorio, Elio Anguiano, Josh Cuevas, Enrique Miranda, Jordan Brooksher, and Yeyson Caballeros made few mistakes throughout the year and cleared the zone in front of Cervantes. 

While the team's forwards didn't produce much, midfielders such as Figueroa, Valentine Obinwa, and Ryosuke Tarui were solid and helped keep the flow of play out PCC territory. Reyes may have been the team's top forward, but he was lost to injury for half of the team's games.

"I had higher aspirations for us, but I think we definitely served notice that we are a worthy opponent against every conference team," Manvelyan said. "We got into a lot of ties because we couldn't score. We had opportunities that we didn't take advantage of, and it cost us victories. We have a great corps of guys that should come back next season, and we certainly will be looking to add a top goal-scorer or two."

The highlight to PCC's season was a 3-2, come-from-behind win over first-place Mt. San Antonio on Oct. 8.

Cantero, Daisley-West, forward Derek Olson, forward Aram Emirzian, midfielder Francisco Castro, and forward David Vasquez all lettered their two seasons in finishing their PCC playing careers.

Release Date: 11/12/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu