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Men's Soccer, Kirakosyan Keep Juggernaut Going

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Matching last year's win total in just eight matches this season, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team continued its ability to dominate opponents with a 3-1, South Coast Conference-opening victory over El Camino College Compton Center Tuesday at Robinson Stadium.

The Lancers are 6-1-1 overall, a marked improvement in head coach Edgar Manvelyan's second season in charge of the program. Last year, PCC finished 6-6-8 overall.

Although Compton managed to briefly tie them at 1-1, the Lancers controlled the field territory throughout the home conference opener. PCC outshot the Tartars, 23-6, and pressured Compton goalie Erik Menchaca frequently.

PCC sophomore forward Gor Kirakosyan continued his climb up the school's all-time points scorer list, now at No. 11, tying Dan Cuello (2002-2003) at 35 points (14 goals, seven assists). Kirakosyan, who created numerous scoring opportunities, scored two goals to give him nine on the season.

In the 11th minute, he took a lead pass from midfielder Ryosuke Tarui and fired in a goal for a 1-0 PCC lead. After Compton responded with a goal by Isaac Rosales in the 58th minute, the Lancers came up with the game's biggest play. In the 60th minute, a sideline throw-in by Lucas Fontes was eventually corralled by Irving Rosales inside the goalie box. Rosales tapped it to sophomore defender Enrique Miranda, who placed a short shot in the left corner of the net to regain the Lancers lead, 2-1.

With four minutes left, Vahagn Manoyan dribbled past a Compton defender and fed Kirakosyan for a short-range blast, capping the game's scoring. Kirakosyan had earlier clanked a 42-yard attempt off the right post and twice was robbed by Menchaca on point-blank attempts.

Fernando Leon, a freshman, played his first full game in the PCC goal and made three saves to backstop the triumph. Tarui, Kirakosyan, Manoyan, and Rosales were often making precision tic-tac-toe passes resulting in premium scoring chances.

The Lancers next travel to face Cerritos College (Norwalk) in a 2 p.m. SCC match Friday, Sept. 30.

[Photo--Gor Kirakosyan (Burbank High) leaps over a Compton defender as teammate Ryosuke Tarui turns the play into an odd-man rush for the Lancers during their 3-1 win Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/28/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu