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Women's Soccer Season Opens: PCC Gains 1-1 Tie v. Moorpark

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Last season, no Pasadena City College women's soccer player created more goals than freshman forward Vanessa Capra. Capra, who had 10 goals and dished out a team-best seven assists, once again established herself as the team's No. 1 offensive talent Friday. The sophomore scored the Lancers' lone goal in a hard-fought 1-1 tie against Moorpark College that opened the 2012 season at PCC's Robinson Stadium.

In the 27th minute and Pasadena trailing 1-0, Capra captured a loose ball in front of the goalie's box and fired in an unassisted goal. Moorpark (1-0-1) had scored on a rebound shot by Cassandra Mathison in the 19th minute.

The Lancers outshot Moorpark overall, 15-12, but strong goaltending in the second half by both teams prevented anymore scoring.

Late in the first half, Capra nearly netted a second score but her rebound attempt after an initial shot by Cassandra Orozco (freshman midfielder, Crescenta Valley High) was blocked by Raiders' defender Julie Watson at the goal-line. It was Watson's long drive earlier that hit the cross bar to set up Moorpark's goal.

In the 60th minute, Capra was thrwarted on a point-blank opportunity by second-half goalie Tiana Fortuna. In the final few minutes, PCC again came close, first on a sideline free kick by sophomore defender Heather French (returning from 2009), whose 30-yard drive hit the crossbar. In the 88th minute, freshman forward Nancy Nunez (Ramona Convent Secondary HS) took a pass from frosh defender Danielle Busta (Crescenta Valley HS) but Fortuna made a difficult save.

Pasadena first-year goalie Tatiana Sanchez (Burbank Burroughs High) made four of her six saves over the game's final 20 minutes. In the 73rd minute, Watson sent in a free kick that squirted through the defense with Sanchez diving to make the save. Just a few minutes later, Sanchez made a brilliant diving stop on an open attempt by Allison Oliver.

PCC head coach Randy Lilavois, in his third season in charge of the Lancers, has put together a 21-player roster, including All-SCC First Team selections in Capra and defender Hallie White. Defenders Bianca Mercado and Tanya Pila and midfielder Alexandria Jimenez also return from last season.

"We feel our defense is much better with the return of French and having the big foot of Hallie White," Lilavois said. "Busta was an All-Area player last year. Tatiana is an experienced goalie, a position we've had trouble filling the past few years. I think our offense is better too with Capra and Nunez up front. We have good speed at the forward spots."

The rest of the Lancers' freshman class is made up of first-game starters in Cassandra Saavedra (midfielder, Alverno High), Taylor Gore (midfielder, Burbank HS), Amanda Papac (midfielder, Arcadia High), and the following: Rina Garcia (goalie, Fairfax), Adriani Andrews (midfielder, Foshay LC), Lizbeth Rodriguez (midfielder, Sierra Vista), Alexandra Martinez (defender, Sierra Vista), Isabella Montano (midfielder, Glendale), Makenzie Winslow (defender, Alverno), Jennifer Hernandez (midfielder, Muir), and Sarah Castellanos (midfielder, Diamond Bar).

Lilavois, PCC's part-time soccer director, was named Pasadena Star-News All-Area Soccer Coach of the Year earlier this year for his work in coaching South Pasadena High to the Rio Hondo League title and a trip to the CIF Division VI semifinals.

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, PCC hosts Glendale College in a 3 p.m. match at Robinson Stadium.

[Photo--Jessica Capra in action Friday during PCC's 1-1 tie, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 09/01/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu