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The South Coast Conference schedule has never been an easy task for the Pasadena City College women's soccer team. This is especially true when it comes to scoring goals.

The Lancers' recent lack of scoring has coincided with a five-game winless streak that continued Friday in the team's 2-0 loss to Long Beach City College at Robinson Stadium.

PCC (4-6-3) is 1-4-1 overall in conference play, and the squad has netted just four goals in the past five games. Including its one victory in SCC games, the Lancers have scored only five goals or less than the number of league matches played--six.

"We have a young team and it's taking longer for some of our players to develop," said PCC Head Coach Randy Lilavois. "We had a couple of tough breaks today. We need the midfielders to do a better job of getting the ball to our forwards. Our defenders are doing their job, but we still need to eliminate mistakes in our own end."

A hand ball in the box resulted in Long Beach's second goal, a penalty kick with 17 minutes left by Claudia Toledo.  The Vikings had the lead for virtually the entire match after Camila Veron followed up a free kick by knocking in a goal in the game's opening minute.

PCC's opportunities were few, but two nearly resulted in scores. In the 14th minute, defender Hallie White sent a 50-yard free kick that was punched away by Long Beach goalie Jeanette DeAnda. With 11 minutes to go, Vanessa Capra placed a shot toward the right corner, but DeAnda (five saves total) a diving tip away for the save. Lancers' goalie Jessica Capra had four saves overall, including a terrific two-hand grab on a close range blast by Paola Alonso early in the second half.

In the field, Vanessa Capra and White (pictured) continue to be the Lancers' most effective players as Capra carried the play with her speed over the final 10 minutes while White often kept the Lancers out of trouble with solid defensive breakups.

PCC came into the match after consecutive road defeats against East Los Angeles, 4-0, Oct. 7, and v. El Camino, 3-1, Oct. 11. Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel , who Lilavois has praised for her consistent play this year, scored PCC's goal in the ECC loss.

PCC will host Mt. San Antonio Tuesday, Oct. 18 in a 3 p.m. SCC game at Robinson Stadium.

Release Date: 10/14/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu