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Women's Soccer Uses Late Goal To Tie ELAC, 2-2

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The Pasadena City College women's soccer team was pleased to earn a 2-2 tie against visiting East Los Angeles College Tuesday. But the Lancers knew they were ever so close to leaving Robinson Stadium with a win instead.

The Lancers rallied to tie it with four minutes left in regulation when Mallory Gutierrez fired in a short-range shot on a feed from Vanessa Capra. In the 90th minute, PCC twice appeared poised for a win. First, Capra was taken down in the goalie box by an ELAC defender, but the referee did not blow a whistle for a foul that would have resulted in an automatic penalty kick. Earlier in the game, the same referee called for a penalty kick that led to the Huskies' first goal in the first half.

Moments following the non-call, PCC midfielder Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel fired a shot from 25 yards out that hit the right goal-post.

PCC settled for the tie despite being outshot, 18-8. Sophomore goalie Jessica Capra made 10 saves and kept the Lancers alive for the tie.

Pasadena (6-8-3 and 3-6-2 in SCC games) took a 1-0 lead just nine minutes into the game when Vanessa Capra (cousin of Jessica) fooled the ELAC goalie with a cross corner roller that hit paydirt for her 10th goal.

East LA, a 4-0 winner over the Lancers in their first conference meeting, was led by two goals by Mariah Palmer. The Huskies will likely earn a regional playoff spot with their sparkling 10-4-4 record and 5-2-4 mark in the SCC.

"When we lost to Compton a few games ago, it served as a wake-up call to the players," said PCC Head Coach Randy Lilavois. "We have a young team where now the players understand they are good enough, and they do belong at this level. We played the type of game against a quality team that you have to play to make it in the SCC. We're building on two straight strong performances."

Alexandra Dreves, Nicole Washburn, Kirstyn Allyson and stalwart Hallie White shut down the ELAC offensive attack in the second half. PCC then peppered the Huskies' defense with scoring attempts in the last 10 minutes and extra time.

PCC next hosts El Camino College in a 3 p.m. SCC match Friday, Nov. 4 at Robinson Stadium.

[Photo--Jessica Capra goes to the turf to make the save during PCC's 2-2 tie Tuesday v. East Los Angeles, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/01/11
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