News: Men's Soccer Scores Season High in 4-0 Win At LBCC
What was amounting to a lost season earlier this month has completely changed for the Pasadena City College men's soccer team. The Lancers were 1-8-3 overall through games of October 9, but now PCC is becoming a potential playoff contender.
The Lancers poured in a season high four goals to surprise host Long Beach City College, 4-0, Friday. PCC is undefeated in its last five matches (3-0-2) and now stands in fourth place in the powerful South Coast Conference at 4-2-4 in league games. The team has 16 standings points, one behind third-place El Camino, four behind second-place LA Harbor, and eight behind first-place Mt. SAC.
Pasadena (4-8-5 overall) has lost just once in its last eight games (3-1-4). The stat that is most amazing and perplexing all at once--the Lancers won two straight SCC games for the first time since 2008 and first under third-year head coach Edgar Manvelyan.
"We played a really hard pre-conference schedule against some top teams in the state, and now it's paying off for us," Manvelyan said. "We went 0-6-1 and I think we were even doubting ourselves as coaches. But now look at us. We're doing things this program hasn't done in several years. The confidence is high among the players and they are believing in themselves."
The Lancers had four different goal scorers in the LBCC victory. In the sixth minute, Luis Flores took a pass from Irving Rosales and drove in a shot off a Long Beach defender for a 1-0 lead. In the 40th minute, PCC struck when Victor Menchaca headed in a corner kick by Vahagn Manoyan.
With 16 minutes left in the game, Manoyan took a shot, got the rebound and touched pass to a waiting Eric Chavez, who blasted in his third goal of the season. Chavez took four of the team's 15 shots in the contest. Capping things for the Lancers was Brandon Flores, who took a lead pass from Hector Trujillo and scored on a breakaway goal in the 85th minute. Goalie Alex Radillo made four saves for his second straight shutout.\
PCC hosts second-place Los Angeles Harbor College on Tuesday, October 30 in a 3 p.m. match at Robinson Stadium.
[File Photo--Victor Menchaca was one of four different Lancers to score on Friday in a 4-0 win at Long Beach.]
Release Date: 10/27/2012