News: Defense Gets Rewarded For Men's Soccer On All-SCC Team
After finishing in fourth place in the difficult South Coast Conference, the 2012 Pasadena City College men's soccer team placed two players on the All-SCC First Team and two more on the Second Team. Fittingly, a pair of Lancers' sophomore defenders were selected by conference coaches to the First Team in Elio Anguiano and Michael Alcaraz.
The Lancers (6-9-6 overall) finished the year with a flourish, going an impressive 5-1-3 in their last nine matches and almost grabbing a postseason playoff spot. In fact, PCC nearly knocked off first-place Mt. San Antonio, having to settle for a last-second tie that ended the team's playoff hopes.
Anguiano, from Marshall Fundamental, and Alcaraz, out of Burbank High, were two big reasons why the team became a force late in the year. Anguiano was the team's center defender and maybe the most steady player for the past two seasons. Alcaraz also was an outstanding defender and also the team's main throw-in player on sideline offensive plays, finishing with four assists.
PCC's defense produced three shutouts and six 1-goal games in the 14-match conference season.
Making the All-SCC Second Team for the Lancers were sophomore defender Yeyson Caballeros (Fairfax High, two goals, one assist) and freshman midfielder Victor Menchaca (Belmont High, three goals and one assist). Again, these two players were pivotal ones on the defensive end and each were strong at transitioning the ball to the PCC forwards. Frosh forward Zachary Larson, (Deer Valley High) who scored five goals this year, was named All-SCC honorable mention.
In PCC's season finale on Nov. 9, the Lancers blanked host El Camino College Compton Center, 2-0, as sophomore midfielder Vahagn Manoyan (from Armenia) assisted on both Lancers' goals. Sophomore forward Irving Rosales (Muir High) scored his third goal as he finished his PCC career with 17 goals and 10 assists to put him seventh on the college's all-time scoring list (44 points). Sophomore forward Brandon Flores (Manual Arts High) picked up the other PCC goal. Freshmen goalies Alex Radillo (Salesian) and Marino Bianchi (Crespi High) each played one half and both had two saves to combine for the shutout.
Kevin Figueroa (Burbank High) closed out his college career as one of seven sophomores on the squad.
In a light offensive season for the Lancers, frosh forward Luis Flores led the team in overall scoring with 13 points (five goals and three assists). Larson, Flores and freshman midfielder Eric Chavez tied for the team lead in goals with five each. Both Flores and Chavez are products of Pasadena High. Rosales was the team leader in assists with six. Radillo led the team in goaltending with a 1.68 goals against average and 62 saves.
"We know what it takes to be a contender in the South Coast," said PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan. "We feel justified to have played a hard pre-conference schedule (0-6-1) and it prepared us to play well in conference. We need to work on reloading our defense and improve our scoring. We had a seven-match undefeated streak in SCC play and that's not easy to do against the level of talent among all the teams."
[Photo--Michael Alcaraz (left) and Elio Anguiano (right), the Lancers' All-South Coast Conference First Team selections for 2012.]
Release Date: 11/22/2012