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Mt. SAC Too Much For Men's Soccer, 4-1

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A year ago, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team surprised many when it rallied to beat Mt. San Antonio College, 3-2, in what was the Lancers' biggest highlight of the 2010 season. Ever since that match, Mt. SAC has been a team on a mission.

The defending state champion Mounties haven't lost since that game and made sure there would be no repeat of events Tuesday as they extended their undefeated streak to 27 games, soundly defeating the host Lancers, 4-1, at Robinson Stadium.

Mt. SAC (13-0-1) is a perfect 7-0 to lead the SCC. Meanwhile, it's been tough times for Coach Edgar Manvelyan's Lancers, who are winless in their last six matches. After a fine start in pre-conference play, PCC saw its record fall to 6-5-3 overall and a disappointing 1-4-2 in the SCC.

Pasadena started out strongly by taking the game's first three shots on goal. But Mt. SAC started to mount the pressure and PCC's defense began turning the ball over. Edgar Padilla stole an errant defender pass and scored in the 33rd minute to give the Mounties a 1-0 lead. In the 42nd minute, Salvador Rosales caught PCC goalie Ramiro Martinez out of position and lobbed a shot over his head into the far corner for a goal. Just before halftime, again the Lancers coughed the ball up and it resulted in a point-blank attempt that Martinez stopped, but Kareem Morad scored on the ensuing rebound as PCC's hole deepened to 3-0.

Even though the Lancers appeared to play better in the second half, Mt. SAC began to pepper Martinez with shots late in the game. Over the final 15 minutes, the freshman netminder made six of his 10 saves as PCC took more chances offensively.

PCC finally answered with five minutes left on a goal by Khaled Gara, who took a short cross from Miguel Navarette and blasted in a 20-yard attempt that broke the shutout.

The only field standouts for the Lancers were defender Enrique Miranda and midfielder Derek Olson, who each made a bevy of defensive gems that prevented the Mounties from turning the game into a complete blowout. Mt. SAC outshot the Lancers, 21-9.

Pasadena hopes to break its winless string Friday, Oct. 21 when it plays at El Camino College-Compton Center in a 2 p.m. SCC game.

[Photo--Enrique Miranda (13) goes up to head a ball away from a Mt. SAC forward during PCC's 4-1 loss to Mt. San Antonio Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/18/11
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