News: Men's Soccer Undefeated In Last 4 Games
The Pasadena City College men's soccer team has appeared to turn a corner in the 2012 season and its recent play has produced a four-match undefeated streak. The Lancers are 2-0-2 in the stretch following a 2-0, South Coast Conference blanking of East Los Angeles College Tuesday at Robinson Stadium.
The Lancers are 3-8-5 overall and moved above .500 in SCC play at 3-2-4. PCC also avenged a 3-0 setback against ELAC back on Sept. 28. In fact, PCC has only lost once since that match in going 2-1-4 in the last seven conference matches. PCC's defense has allowed just eight goals in that period, scoring nine and keeping each contest close for 90 minutes.
Against the Huskies (5-7-4, 3-6 in SCC games), the Lancers broke a scoreless duel two minutes into the second half when Luis Flores headed in a perfectly placed free kick by Zachary Larson from the near side of the 20-yard line for his second goal of the year. Just eight minutes later, PCC struck again as Irving Rosales assisted on Brandon Flores' blast in the 55th minute.
Pasadena goalie Alex Radillo made five saves in recording the shutout. The player of the game for PCC, however, was defender Christian Vasquez, who made a number of clearouts around the Pasadena goalbox. Vasquez, a freshman from Jefferson High, stopped a sure ELAC goal with 12 minutes left in the game. A corner kick by the Huskies' Daniel Llanos was captured by Jimmy Espinal, who drove a blast that beat Radillo, but not Vasquez who headed the ball out of danger standing at the goalline.
The Lancers outshot East LA, 12-6, and closed off the Huskies' offensive attack. Other PCC players who contributed on defense were defenders Elio Anguiano, Michael Alcaraz, and Yeyson Caballeros.
"We seem to be playing with some energy and our defense has clamped down," said PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan. "It's a bit disappointing that we could only gain a few ties, but we're playing signficantly better on our own side of the field. We're not giving up breakaways or easy scoring chances. Our offense connected twice on set plays."
On October 19 at El Camino College, Eric Chavez scored in the third minute, but the Warriors tied PCC, 1-1, thanks to a goal by Jess Chamberlain in the 15th minute. Pasadena goalie Marino Bianchi made six saves and stood strong as ECC took 20 shots on the Lancers' net.
PCC plays at Long Beach City College on Friday, October 26 in a 4 p.m. match.
[Photo--PCC's Christian Vasquez heads the ball during the Lancers' 2-0 win over East Los Angeles Tuesday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 10/23/2012