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Women's Soccer Season Closes On Down Note
A season that started out strong for first-year head coach Randy Lilavois ended Thursday with a whimper. The Lancers lost at El Camino College, 3-1, and saw their 2010 season close with a six-game winless streak.
Injuries to key players tormented the Lancers for most of the season and affected the team's play down the stretch as they went 0-4-2 in their last six matches and just 1-5-3 in the final nine games.
The Lancers finished 7-7-6 overall, 3-6-5 and in sixth place in the powerful South Coast Conference. Against El Camino, Mallory Gutierrez scored the team's lone goal on an assist by Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel.
Pasadena can look back at an exciting September when the team went on a 4-match winning streak and opened the year at 5-1-1 overall. Lilavois said injuries were the No. 1 factor in the team's demise from that point on. Only three players appeared in all 20 matches.
"We lost one player after another," Lilavois said. "Each time, it was a player who was performing at the top of their talents. Then boom, the player would get hurt. We lost a leader-type in Carlene Abad, our best scorer in Vania Ovando, and then our next best forward in Alexandra Dreves. We didn't have our top player, Lisa Kelley, available in our last two matches.
"It killed our momentum and forced us to put players at different positions. You look at the scores of our games, and it's obvious we played about as well as we could under the circumstances. I'm proud of the team for sticking together and playing hard, especially when things didn't go our way."
PCC played first-place and nationally-ranked Cerritos College to a 0-0 tie on Oct. 29 and allowed one or fewer goals in nine of the Lancers' 14 conference matches.
Pasadena was limited to less than a goal per game in SCC play, scoring 12 goals overall, but only eight in the last 13 following a conference-opening, 4-0 win over El Camino College-Compton Center.
Overall, sophomore goalie Yvette Hernandez was a top performer as she put together a 490-minute shutout streak and finished with six shutouts and a sparkling 0.95 goals against average in 11 games.
Kelley proved to be one of the conference's top sweepers and she scored five goals on the year. Gutierrez finished as the team's top point-maker with six goals and three assists, just edging Ovando, who had four goals and six assists despite missing the last quarter of the team's games. Stephanie Hernandez tied Gutierrez for the team lead in goals with six. Dreves was another offensive talent with three goals and two assists.
Defensively, Analuisa Castro, Amy Wallace and Chanel Lewis were key defenders who aided Kelley. Sarah Wallick was a hard-luck goalie in a duo with Yvette Hernandez. She allowed a 1.68 average, but netted just two wins in 10 matches in goal.
Yvette Hernandez, Kelley, Wallace, Castro, midfielders Marina Lesse, Madellyn Pineda, Somaya Bounouar, and Cristina Tachiquin all have finished their two seasons of soccer at PCC as sophomores.
[Photo--Freshman forward Mallory Gutierrez (right, 19) tallied 15 points overall to lead the 2010 PCC Lancers, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/12/10