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Perez PK Save Helps Men's Soccer Secure 1-1 Tie v. Cerritos

Perez PK Save Helps Men's Soccer Secure 1-1 Tie v. Cerritos image

Goalie Gaetano Perez stopped a penalty kick attempt in the 21st minute and inspired the Pasadena City College men's soccer team to a 1-1 tie against then first-place Cerritos College on Tuesday at Robinson Stadium. The Lancers improved their playoff chances while also knocking Cerritos out of first place with Mt. San Antonio's win over Los Angeles Harbor.

Perez, a sophomore, made a spectacular diving stop on a PK by Cerritos midfielder Thiago Lusardi and went on to total eight saves overall in keeping the Lancers alive v. the Falcons. Although Cerritos netted a goal by Cristian Zuniga 12 minutes into the second half, the Lancers responded with their tying goal just five minutes later.

In the 62nd minute, Zack Larson took a corner kick and instead of driving the ball toward the front of the net sent a short pass to Max Rico, who put a perfect combination kick to forward Eric Chavez at the goal-line.  Chavez easily tapped in his team-leading ninth goal uncontested.

Despite being outshot 15-9, the Lancers controlled the play in the second half and proved again why they are among the top 10 in the region in power points that decide the upcoming postseason playoff berths.

Besides Perez, the Lancers received sound play from defenders Jaime Jimenez, Rico, Mario Monroy and George Barba, a freshman standout who has been the team's most effective performer as part of PCC's first-year players.

On Wednesday at the South Coast Conference bi-monthly athletic directors meeting in Norwalk, it was announced that PCC received a forfeit win over El Camino College after a previous 4-2 loss to the Warriors on October 25 at Robinson Stadium. A Warriors player who was supposed to be serving a 2-match suspension due to a CCCAA by-law 1.15.8 that prohibits players from playing in an outside league played in the match and the penalty handed down by SCC Commissioner Rich Kollen was that ECC must forfeit its victory.

The Lancers now hold a 7-6-7 overall record and 6-4-3 SCC mark, good enough for a tie for third place in the conference with LA Harbor. With 14 teams advancing to the regional playoffs, PCC appears a shoo-in to secure its first playoff spot in five years and first under fourth-year head coach Edgar Manvelyan. PCC's rating is 1.99, currently seventh in SoCal.

"We're excited and we feel we did all the right things in both the pre-conference and conference to get to where we are," Manvelyan said. "We've had some ups and downs including some roster issues, but we've found a way to play the best teams well and not suffer letdowns against some of the other SCC squads."

PCC HOME FINALE MOVED TO EVENING KICK-OFF FRIDAY, NOV. 15

The Lancers announced today that their SCC finale v. El Camino College-Compton Center has been moved to a 6 p.m. start Friday, Nov. 15 under the lights at Robinson Stadium. PCC will honor its sophomores as the annual tribute done at the final home games for second-year players.

[Photo--PCC goalie Gaetano Perez eyes the save of the game as he stops this penalty kick during the Lancers 1-1 tie Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 11/13/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu