News: Men's Soccer Scoring Talent Kirakosyan Now At UC Irvine
Gor Kirakosyan, tied for fifth in all-time scoring for the Pasadena City College men's soccer program, accepted a scholarship to continue his education/playing career at NCAA Division I University of California, Irvine. The two-year Lancers' letterman led both the 2009 and 2011 PCC squads in goals scored. Last year, the forward scored 14 goals and added six assists in being named All-South Coast Conference First Team.
In June, Kirakosyan was honored as PCC men's top scholar-athlete for 2011-2012 with a 3.56 GPA, earning him one of the school's Elizabeth Jensen transfer scholarships.
In 2009, Kirakosyan had a season to remember as an athlete. He played as the Pacific League MVP as a senior at Burbank High. He then helped his CZ Elite Club team win a national championship. Kiraskoyan closed out the year by playing his freshman season for the Lancers, leading them in goals with five.
Kirakosyan finished his PCC career with 19 career goals and eight assists and his total of 46 points tied him with Miguel Meneses (1998-99) for the No. 5 spot on the Lancers' career scoring list. PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan is No. 2 on that list.
Joining the Anteaters' program under head coach George Kuntz, Kirakosyan will likely play at midfielder. UC Irvine won the Big West Conference title last year and set a school record for wins with 16. The team finished ranked 13th in the nation.
"Gor is a tough player to replace because he was relentless at driving our team's offense," Manvelyan said. "He's going to play in a superb university program at UCI. Gor is also an example for all that you can be a star player and be a star student. One doesn't have to be sacrificed for the other."
Manvelyan also announced that defender David Gonzalez will attend Division III University of La Verne.
Release Date: 08/13/2012