News: Menchaca's Goal Saves 1-1 Tie For Men's Soccer
The Pasadena City College men's soccer team suffered the ultimate letdown. One game after defeating the No. 1 team in the Southern California Region in Cerritos College, the Lancers nearly lost to last-place El Camino College-Compton Center Tuesday in a South Coast Conference match at Robinson Stadium. PCC needed a goal by Victor Menchaca with 16 minutes left to salvage a 1-1 tie against the Tartars.
For Compton, it was the team's first point in South Coast Conference action as its record stands at 0-6-1 in SCC play and 1-9-3 overall. The Lancers are 2-2-3 in conference games and a disappointing 2-8-4 overall.
Compton jumped ahead 1-0 in the ninth minute when Alfredo Munguia headed in a corner kick by Jesus Mejia. While the Lancers outshot Compton, 16-8, PCC didn't generate quality chances. The Lancers finally tied it when Menchaca picked up a loose ball after teammate Luis Flores sent it toward the box. Menchaca blasted in a side-angle shot from 15 yards out.
Compton nearly won it in the 88th minute when Enrique Soria got loose on a breakaway, but he chose to cross a pass that was deflected away by a PCC defender. In the 36th minute, Compton's Raul Estrada missed a wide-open net on a short attempt that trickled just wide of the near post.
Second-string PCC goalie Marino Bianchi made his first collegiate start and the freshman amassed four saves.
PCC's scoring woes continued as the team has just 15 goals in 14 matches (allowed 30).
Pasadena finished the first round of SCC play and begin second round games this Friday, October 19 when it travels to Torrance to face El Camino College in a 4 p.m. contest.
[Photo--Vahagn Manoyan (9) can't get the ball past diving ECC Compton goalie Raymond Garcia during the Lancers' 1-1 tie Tuesday afternoon at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 10/16/2012