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Men's Soccer Back On Track, Now 4-1

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After a head-scratching loss to Los Angeles Mission College early last week, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team returned to its offensive ways in a 4-1 road victory at College of the Desert Sept. 9.

Pasadena improved to 4-1 on the season after rallying from a 1-0 deficit during the first half at Desert. Vahagn Manoyan picked up his second goal of the season on an assist by Gor Kirakosyan just before the end of the first half that tied it.

The Lancers then went to work in the second half as Kirakosyan scored on a penalty kick in the 66th minute for a 2-1 lead. Freshman forward Irving Rosales continued his fine play this year scoring in the 80th minute. Rosales then assisted on a combination score setting up Antonio Benitez in the final minute.

The high-octane scoring pair of Rosales and Kirakosyan have already put up strong numbers in just five matches played. Rosales leads the team with five goals (plus two assists) and Kirakosyan has four goals and four assists.

PCC freshman goalie Ramiro Martinez made three saves as the Lancers controlled the match, outshooting Desert, 15-4. 

"We learned that we have to be hungry after that poor effort v. Mission," Manvelyan said. "I thought the team really played, especially in the second half. Our defenders Anthony Jimenez (pictured) and Enrique Miranda were terrific as were Rosales and midfielder Ryosuke Tarui. Martinez is developing into a reliable goalie. We weren't sure about our goalie situation going into the season, but Ramiro is making good decisions and protecting our net."

PCC next visits Victor Valley College Tuesday, Sept. 13 in a 3:30 p.m. non-conference match. 

Release Date: 09/12/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu