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Rally Too Late For Men's Soccer v. East LA

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The flurry performed late in the second half by the Pasadena City College men's soccer team showed a glimpse of the offensive firepower of the Lancers this season. Three goals were knocked in over a 21-minute span during Tuesday's South Coast Conference home game against East Los Angeles College.

The only problem with the scoring run was that it occurred after PCC had incredibly gone down 5-0 over the first 51 minutes of play. The breakdown on defense, including two giveaways in the Lancers' zone, sent Pasadena into a hole it couldn't climb from in a wild, 6-3 loss at Robinson Stadium.

The Lancers had their conference winless slump extended to 10 games (0-7-3) as their season record fell to 6-8-3 and 1-7-3 in SCC action. East Los Angeles (10-4-4, 5-2-4) was led by an impressive performance from forward David Farias, who came off the bench in the first half and went on to score three goals and deliver two assists. Danny Suarez also had two goals for the Huskies.

PCC forward Gor Kirakosyan sparked the Lancers' rally with two goals and an assist. In the 51st minute, Kirakosyan cashed in on a penalty kick goal. Seven minutes later, Vahagn Manoyan led Kirakosyan on a pass to the left wing and the sophomore's shot was redirected in by Irving Rosales at the goal-line to cut it to 5-2. With 13 minutes left to play, Kirakosyan scored his 14th goal of the season, taking a pass from Ryosuke Tarui and firing in a shot in the goalie box.

Despite outshooting East LA, 12-8, in the first half, the Lancers would trail 3-0 by halftime. The worst part for PCC was how it gave up goals No. 3 and No. 4. Late in the first half, Kirakosyan made an errant pass toward the PCC goal that was intercepted by Farias, who lifted a shot past Lancers' goalie Ramiro Martinez to make it 3-0. Then just two minutes into the second half, Martinez misjudged a bouncing ball in the box that allowed a wide open net and a goal for Farias. The two PCC mistakes ultimately turned out to be the difference.

Kirakosyan continues his rise on the PCC all-time scoring list. He tied Miguel Meneses (1998-1999) for fifth place on the list of career points with 46 and tied Meneses for career goals with 19, also fifth. His 14 goals this year is the most by a Lancer since Rudy Bailon tallied 15 in 2006.

PCC hopes to break its winless string this Friday, Nov. 4 in a 1 p.m. home match against El Camino College.

[Photo--MIchael Alcaraz (red jersey) hurdles an East LA player Tuesday during the Lancers' 6-3 loss at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/01/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu