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Men's Soccer Dominates SD Mesa, 4-0
It took just two games for two Pasadena City College men's soccer players to match last year's leading goal scoring mark over the entire 2010 season. Sophomore forward Gor Kirakosyan and frosh forward Irving Rosales each picked up their third goal as the Lancers rolled past San Diego Mesa, 4-0, in PCC's home opener Wednesday at Robinson Stadium.
PCC is 2-0 in the young season, having now outscored its two foes, 8-1. The offensive-minded Lancers peppered two Mesa goalies for 22 shots to just six by the Olympians (0-2).
In the 21st minute, Kirakosyan drove past a Mesa defender down the right side, then sent a cross pass to letterman midfielder Ryosuke Tarui (from Japan), who one-timed a shot for his first goal. Just three minutes later, Kirakosyan sent a long ball that Rosales (from Muir High) headed in for his team-leading third goal.
Kirakosyan hit the left goal post on a free kick in the 66th minute, but the highly-skilled Burbank High product hit pay dirt in the 72nd minute. After receiving a short pass from midfield by sophomore defender David Gonzalez, Kirakosyan surprised everyone by launching a shot from the 35-yard line. Kirakosyan's long-distance blast soared into the upper left corner for his third goal in two matches. In the 84th minute, Tarui fed sophomore forward Khaled Gara for the Lancers' final goal.
Kirakosyan has now been a part of six PCC goals in the two matches, leading the team in assists with three and scoring nine points overall (two points are awarded in soccer for a goal, one for an assist).
PCC goalie Ramiro Martinez made five saves, including a spectacular leaping tip at the crossbar on a shot with 15 minutes left that preserved the shutout. Reserve goalie Fernando Leon played the final three minutes in net.
Besides the scorers, freshman midfielder Antonio Benitez (Marshall Fundamental) supplied several scoring opportunities while defender Anthony Jimenez (Arcadia High) played a strong match on the defensive side.
"We controlled that match from start to finish," said PCC Head Coach Edgar Manvelyan. "We had quality scoring opportunities, and created some nice redirects. It was a complete effort on both sides of the field. It's nice to be 2-0 after two matches."
PCC next hosts Fullerton College Friday, Sept. 2 in a 1 p.m. match.
[Photo--Irving Rosales heads in his third goal during PCC's 4-0 win over San Diego Mesa Wednesday in the Lancers' home opener, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 08/31/11