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Early Flurry Helps Women's Soccer Defeat SMC, 4-3

Early Flurry Helps Women's Soccer Defeat SMC, 4-3 image

The Pasadena City College women's soccer team scored three goals in a seven-minute span early in the first half, then withstood a furious second-half onslaught by visiting Santa Monica College in posting a 4-3, non-conference victory Tuesday at Robinson Stadium.

The Lancers snapped the program's nine-match winless streak dating back to last season (0-6-3) in winning for the first time since October 22, 2010.

PCC (1-2-1) scored in the third minute when Graciela Guevara headed in a corner pass by Alexandra Dreves. Four minutes later, Lancers goalie Jessica Capra kicked a send out that led to a breakaway near midfield by freshman Vanessa Capra (Jessica's cousin). The Eagle Rock High product ripped a short shot past Santa Monica goalie Alisa Sheldon for a 2-0 PCC advantage. In the 10th minute, the Lancers appeared to be headed toward a rout when Dreves redirected an airborne pass by Hallie White into the far rightside of the net for another goal. At that point, the Lancers had scored on all three of their shot attempts.

After SMC cut the lead to 3-1 by halftime, the Lancers scored in the 56th minute when Jessica Capra slid a short pass to Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel, who lifted a perfectly timed cross pass to Mallory Gutierrez. The sophomore forward headed an attempt that just got in under the crossbar for her team-leading fourth goal and a commanding 4-1 PCC lead. Gutierrez has scored a goal in each of PCC's four games this season.

From that point on, Santa Monica relentlessly attacked a sagging PCC defense. The Corsairs (0-3) scored on a Vianca Barajas goal in the 76th minute, then sliced the lead to one with three minutes left in regulation as Olivia Patterson tallied a breakaway goal. Fortunately for the Lancers, it would be the last shot attempt of the match as a few minutes of extra time elapsed before the game's final whistle.

Santa Monica outshot PCC, 17-9, overall, and had a lopsided 14-4 shot advantage in the final 45 minutes. Jessica Capra made seven saves over the first 76 minutes and reserve goalie Tatiana Cruz played the final 14-plus minutes, giving up one goal and making one save. In the 51st minute, Capra made back-to-back, point blank saves for her biggest plays of the match.

The Lancers had strong efforts from the forwards, but also received stellar defensive play by White and defender Bianca Mercado.

PCC next travels to face Mt. San Jacinto College on Friday, Sept. 16 in a 4 p.m. game.

[Photo--Jessica Capra (red jersey) fires her first collegiate goal past SMC goalie Alisa Sheldon during PCC's 4-3 win at Robinson Stadium Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/13/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu