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Women's Soccer Looks For Improvement In 2011
After a first season that saw his team start with promise but fizzle thanks to injuries and tough South Coast Conference opponents, Pasadena City College women's soccer head coach Randy Lilavois is looking for the Lancers to show improvement and excel more as the season progresses in 2011.
"We had a great streak of success early on (six-game undefeated streak), and then we just got hit hard by injuries to key offensive players," Lilavois said of his PCC debut season of 2010 as the Lancers started the year 5-1-1 and finished 8-7-5. "We were very competitive even after losing players, but it didn't show in the win column. After the first month of the season, we lacked any offensive punch."
Lilavois returns five players from last year, including All-SCC honorable mention defender Brittany Austin. The coach has moved field player and letterman Jessica Capra to goalie. Leading goal-scoring forward Mallory Gutierrez (six goals) and midfielders Alexandra Dreves (three goals) and Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel are also back from the 2010 team.
"The returning corps players and midfielder Claudia Garcia (from two seasons ago) give us experience at some key spots. We like to see our freshmen make a difference, but it's going to take some time to get into the flow. This year, we want to be able to get better and start peaking during the conference schedule."
Kirstyn Allyson, a transfer from LA Valley College, is another sophomore at defender.
Of the freshmen class, Lilavois said his biggest impact players could be defender Hallie White (Burbank Burroughs High) and forward Vanessa Capra (Eagle Rock, and cousin of teammate Jessica Capra). White was an All-Pacific League First Team selection and Capra was a leading scorer at her high school with 15 goals as a senior.
Also on Lilavois' opening-day roster are goalie Tatiana Cruz (LA Wilson High), defender Tori Floyd (Pasadena), midfielder Alexandria Nomura (South Pasadena), defender Bianca Mercado (Maranatha), defender Nichole Washburn (Temple City), defender Tanya Pila (Sierra Vista), defender Chloe Reyes (Kennedy), midfielder Leila Farazdaghi (Burbank), midfielder Graciela Guevara (LA Wilson), and midfielder Alexandria Jimenez (Mark Keppel).
PCC lost its home season opener Friday against visiting LA Pierce, 6-3. Pierce's Daisy Alvarenga scored the hattrick in the first half, but PCC would get it to as close as 4-3 on a penalty kick goal scored by Galeazzi-Pimentel in the 53rd minute. Dreves scored PCC's first goal nine minutes into the match on an assist by White. In the 24th minute, Gutierrez was credited with a goal assisted by Galeazzi-Pimentel.
The Lancers next host Santa Ana College in a 3 p.m. non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Robinson Stadium.
[Photo--Defender Brittany Austin is back from last year's PCC women's soccer team.]
Release Date: 09/03/11