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Women's Soccer Knocks Off 3rd Place El Camino

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Vanessa Capra assisted on all three Pasadena City College women's soccer team goals, including feeding a cross to Mallory Gutierrez for the game-winning score with eight minutes left as the fifth-place Lancers edged third-place El Camino College Friday. The South Coast Conference match was the home finale for PCC.

Capra, a freshman forward, put on a playmaking clinic as she frequently used her speed to outrace El Camino midfielders and defenders. PCC is 2-0-1 in its last three games to improve to 7-8-4 overall and 4-6-3 in SCC play.

PCC trailed 1-0 at halftime as head coach Randy Lilavois moved his best defender Hallie White to forward to start the second half. The position change paid off as White would score her first two goals of the season in a span of 13 minutes to start the period. White angled a mid-air cross from Capra to score in the opening minute of the half. In the 59th minute, Capra controlled the ball inside PCC territory, then sped past a few El Camino midfielders before sending a perfect lead pass to a streaking White, who blasted in her second score from 15 yards out.

In the 69th minute, El Camino (12-6-1, 7-5) tied it 2-2 on Pamela Mauricio's second goal of the game as she headed in a corner kick by Itchel Guzman. 

In the 82nd minute, PCC used a superb tic-tac-toe play to score the decisive goal. From the center of the field at the 35-yard line, Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel hit Capra with a pass to the right side as Capra immediately crossed a pass back to center to a waiting Gutierrez, who punched in a short-range shot for her team-leading 12th goal.

Pasadena sophomore goalie Jessica Capra made a brilliant save on a header attempt by Guzman just a minute after PCC's big score. Earlier in the half, Capra made back-to-back saves at point blank range, stoning Guzman on a rebound in the 60th minute. Capra finished with five saves.

"We've had two great games against the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the conference," Lilavois said. "I moved Hallie up because I felt she could matchup with El Camino's top defender and it worked. Vanessa was all over the field and created every one of our scores. Her lead pass to White was a perfectly placed ball. We have two matches left and we want to finish on a high note in conference."

PCC tied second-place East Los Angeles, 2-2, on Tuesday after blanking LA Harbor, 4-0, on Oct. 29.

The Lancers next play at Long Beach City College, fourth place in the conference, on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in a 3:15 p.m. match.

[Photo--Vanessa Capra leads the PCC women's soccer team this season with 10 goals and seven assists for 27 points, image by Richard Quinton.]


Release Date: 11/04/11
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