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Kirakosyan On Scoring Binge, Men's Soccer 5-1-1
With the program off to its best start since 2003, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team is 5-1-1 in the pre-conference season. The Lancers' successful start has been spearheaded by sophomore forward Gor Kirakosyan's playmaking talents.
Kirakosyan scored two goals Wednesday as the Lancers tallied all their goals in the second half of a 3-0 whitewash over host Santiago Canyon College. Kirakosyan upped his team-leading points total to 19 (two points for goals, one for assists). He has seven goals and five assists in just seven matches, responsible for 60 percent of the team's scoring thus far.
A returner and leading goal-scorer from the 2009 team, Kirakosyan led that squad with just five goals in an injury-plagued freshman year. The Burbank High product is on a torrid pace as he is just the 15th player in PCC men's soccer history to reach 30 points in his career and one of just 14 players to score at least 12 goals as a Lancer.
Against Santiago Canyon, Kirokosyan's accurate foot resulted in a goal on a free kick that broke a scoreless tie in the game's 47th minute as his attempt ricocheted off the post and in. After letterman midfielder Ryosuke Tarui punched in his third goal of the season on a pass from Vahagn Manoyan in the 67th minute, Kirakosyan struck again 10 minutes later, scoring a nifty goal just outside the goalie box on an assist from Yuta Tsujioka (sophomore defender from Japan).
"Gor is a talented goal maker," said Lancers Head Coach Edgar Manvelyan, who knows something about great scorers in PCC history. Manvelyan is second on the all-time PCC scoring list with 58 points when he played here in 2001-2002.
"He has a deadly shot, and can score from long distance or by using his creative skills. Our biggest problem last season was our inability to score. With Gor back, we're not struggling to find the net."
The Lancers dominated much of the Santiago Canyon match, outshooting the Hawks, 13-3. Manvelyan praised the play of Kirakosyan (pictured), Tarui, Anthony Jimenez (freshman defender, Arcadia High), and sophomore defender Enrique Miranda. Frosh goalie Ramiro Martinez made two saves for his second complete-game shutout.
PCC opens South Coast Conference play Tuesday, Sept. 27 when the Lancers host El Camino College-Compton Center in a 1 p.m. match at Robinson Stadium.
Release Date: 09/23/11