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Men's Soccer Gives SCC Champs A Scare, Ends 2011 With 1-0 Loss

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The final result was a loss, but the Pasadena City College men's soccer team knew it earned the respect of its worthy opponent, undefeated and two-time defending state champion Mt. San Antonio College as the Lancers held tough in a 1-0 season-ending defeat at Walnut.

Pasadena finished the 2011 season with a disappointing 7-10-4 overall record and 2-9-3 mark in the conference. However, the Lancers played some of their best soccer over the final three games--a 4-2 comeback win over El Camino, a 2-0 loss to Long Beach and the close Mt. SAC decision.

"I'm very proud of how well we played against one of the state's best squads," said PCC second-year head coach Edgar Manvelyan. "We never got on track in conference, and who could blame the players if they were not getting up for these last few games. Instead the players gave tremendous efforts to end the season."

The Lancers nearly spoiled Mt. SAC's conference title run. Had PCC tied Mt. SAC, the conference title might have been overtaken by Cerritos had they defeated East Los Angeles in their match Thursday evening (score unavailable as of this release). The Mounties are on a 34-match undefeated streak with its last loss being against none other than Manvelyan's Lancers last season at PCC.

PCC sophomores Gor Kirakosyan, Ryosuke Tarui, Derek Olson, Enrique Miranda, David Gonzalez, Yuta Tsujioka, Francisco Guzman, and Khaled Gara all played their final games as Lancers. Kirakosyan shared the team's goal scoring title with freshman Irving Rosales as both poured in 14 goals. Freshman Vahagn Manoyan topped all players in assists with eight.

The Lancers started the season with promise with one of the region's best records at 6-1-1, but from the second game of SCC play on, the team played up and down soccer.

"We thought our offense would take care of some of our defensive deficiencies. It just didn't happen for us. We stopped scoring and then we didn't take care of the ball at our end of the field. All we can do is go out and recruit and evaluate the freshmen we want to keep on the roster in 2012. Gor and Ryosuke were outstanding players all season for us and will be missed."

[Photo--Sophomore defender David Gonzalez carries the ball during PCC's loss to Long Beach on Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

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