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Rosales Scores Again, 3 Straight Wins For Men's Soccer

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Freshman forward Irving Rosales has scored at least one goal in each of his first three intercollegiate matches. That has been the lucky charm for the Pasadena City College men's soccer team as it won its third straight, non-conference match, 2-0, over Fullerton College at Robinson Stadium Friday afternoon. 

The Lancers' 3-0 record is the program's best start in eight years when the 2003 team began the season with five straight victories. Fullerton dropped to 0-1-1. 

In the 14th minute, freshman midfielder Michael Alcaraz (Burbank High) sent a long ball that Rosales (Muir High) headed slightly to alter the shot past Fullerton goalie Eduardo Ramos for his fourth goal of the season. That total would have led the team in overall goal scoring in the 2010 season.

In the 33rd minute, sophomore midfielder Ryosuke Tarui got open in front of the Fullerton goal and fired in a short shot after a pass by midfielder Vahagn Manoyan that gave the Lancers a commanding 2-0 lead. PCC would go on to outshoot Fullerton, 16-4, and spent the majority of the game in the Hornets' zone. 

"Again, we created so many opportunities and put the pressure on the other team," said PCC Head Coach Edgar Manvelyan. "Our forwards and midfielders did a great job of controlling the middle of the field and attacking. When Fullerton did bring the ball into our territory, veteran defenders like Derek Olson and Enrique Miranda shut their offense down. We're 3-0 because we're playing a complete game."

Freshman goalie Ramiro Martinez made four saves to earn the 90-minute shutout. He also played 87 minutes in PCC's 4-0 blanking of San Diego Mesa on Aug. 31. The Lancers have outscored their three opponents, 10-1. 

The soccer match wasn't physical, but still resulted in a slew of infractions whistled by the referee. The two teams combined for 10 yellow cards (six on PCC) and two red cards as each team played one man down for most of the second half. 

PCC looks to make it four straight when it hosts LA Mission College in a 1 p.m. match Tuesday, Sept. 6. 

[Photo--It's been all smiles for the PCC men's soccer team, now 3-0 in the young season. Leading goal scorer Irving Rosales (gold cleats, second from right) celebrates during Wednesday's win v. San Diego Mesa.]

Release Date: 09/03/11
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