News: Men's Soccer On Longest Hot Streak Since 2005
The path to the postseason is beginning to look like a possibility for the Pasadena City College men's soccer team. The Lancers pulled off another upset, downing state No. 8 and nationally-ranked No. 13 Los Angeles Harbor College, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon at Robinson Stadium. PCC extended its undefeated streak to six games (4-0-2), the longest such streak since 2005.
It was also the third consecutive victory (longest streak since winning five straight in 2007) for the Lancers, whose 5-8-5 overall record is deceiving. They are at 5-2-4 in South Coast Conference play and with 19 points to stand in a fourth place tie with Cerritos. The more important ranking is the sport's power rankings that currently place PCC No. 16 in the region at 1.7944. The top 16 teams advance to the Southern California Regional Playoffs with only conference champions as automatic qualifiers.
PCC is one point behind Harbor and El Camino, who are each tied for second place in the SCC with 20 points. With 27 points, Mt. San Antonio has all but sewn up the conference title.
Against Harbor, Pasadena scored the game-winner just three minutes into the second half when Luis Flores controlled a throw-in by Michael Alcaraz (Burbank High, pictured) and touched it to Eric Chavez who blasted in his fourth goal of the season. In the 68th minute, PCC needed a brilliant defensive play by Alcaraz who dove to stop a close-range shot by Sergio Cervantes after Cervantes got by PCC second-string goalie Marino Bianchi. Flores and Chavez are each products of Pasadena High.
The teams traded penalty kick goals in a 1-1 tie by halftime. PCC scored in the 29th minute when a Seahawks' handball in the goalie box resulted in a penalty shot goal by Luis Flores. In the 39th minute, things got tough for Pasadena as starting goalie Alex Radillo tackled Harbor's Angel Jimenez inside the box resulting in a red card. In the 41st minute, the Seahawks tied it on Eric Medina's SCC-leading 21st goal via the ensuing penalty kick.
"We've turned it around and now we are a playoff contender," said PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan. "The play by Alcaraz was one in a million, the way he jumped up and used his whole body to protect the posts. As a team, we are just going to take it one game at a time with the hopes of preparing for the playoffs."
PCC hosts Mt. San Antonio in its final home game of the season at Robinson Stadium (4 p.m. start) on Friday, Nov. 2. The Lancers finish SCC play with road games at Cerritos on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and at El Camino College-Compton Center on Friday, Nov. 9. The final three games will ultimately decide the team's postseason fate.
Release Date: 10/31/2012