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Men's Soccer Out of Playoff Picture

Still reeling from having a victory foiled in a last-second tie v. Mt. San Antonio last week, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team had its postseason fate sealed Tuesday in a 5-0 loss at Cerritos College. The defeat snapped a seven-match (4-0-3) undefeated streak by the Lancers.

The Lancers, tied for fourth place in the South Coast Conference, dropped to No. 17 in the power ratings that determine the 14-team, regional playoff field. PCC is 5-9-6 overall and 5-3-5 in conference games. 

With one game remaining at No. 38-rated El Camino College-Compton Center, Pasadena will try to finish conference on a good note. The Lancers play the Tartars on Friday, Nov. 9 in a 3 p.m. season finale.

At Cerritos, the Lancers played the second half down two players due to red cards as they lost two of their best players--freshman forward Luis Flores and sophomore defender Michael Alcaraz (charged with two yellow cards to receive ejection).

Recently, PCC felt it was in a perfect position to gain a playoff spot, having secured wins v. No. 5 Cerritos, No. 9 LA Harbor and No. 11 El Camino. Had PCC finished off the victory v. Mt. SAC, rated No. 2 and the South Coast's first-place team, it's possible the Lancers would have moved into the top 14. The team lost a full tenth of a percentage point in Friday's devastating tie.

PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan played a difficult pre-conference schedule, which despite an 0-6-1 mark proved to help the team's power ratings. But PCC's lack of overall victories ended up ultimately leaving the team out of the postseason. In the pre-conference, the Lancers faced current rated No. 6 Southwestern (loss), No. 7 LA Mission (tie), No. 12 San Diego City (loss), No. 13 Santa Barbara City (loss), and No. 15 San Bernardino Valley (loss). PCC also faced No. 18 Rio Hondo (loss) and No. 20 College of the Desert (loss).

When it was all said and done, the Lancers faced nine of the top 14 rated schools and 11 of the top 20 while also being rated among that group at 17.

"We prepared ourselves for conference well, and even peaked at the right time," Manvelyan said. "A goal here, and a goal there, and we have eight wins and we're talking playoffs. Instead, we at least are pleased that we proved to the conference that we belong with everyone. We played easily one of the hardest schedules in the state."

The Lancers were 3-3 in games decided by a one goal margin, but were limited to one goal scored in 11 matches, not winning a single one of those matches at 0-7-4. When scoring two goals or more, the team's record was a strong 5-2-2.

Release Date: 11/07/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu