News: Men's Soccer 2-0 In SCC For First Time In 5 Years
With a 3-0 victory over East Los Angeles College Friday at Robinson Stadium, the Pasadena City College men's soccer team is 2-0 atop the South Coast Conference standings. The last time the Lancers started 2-0 in conference was also the last year that PCC made the postseason back in 2008.
That squad featured a talented goalie in Jorge Sainz, and once again the Lancers have a gem in sophomore Gaetano Perez, who has been spectacular since taking the starting job away from Alex Radillo earlier in the season.
Perez pitched his second straight shutout, recording seven saves. In the 20th minute, Perez made a sensational one-hand stop on a shot by ELAC's Jose Garcia-Aranda. In the 54th minute, Perez made a diving save on a header by Billy Campos. Perez has made 31 saves in 3-1/2 matches and holds an impressive 0.29 goals against average with a .969 save percentage.
PCC's offense was clicking as the team opened things in the 11th minute as German Alfaro sent a lead pass to Zack Larson, who knocked in a roller into the left corner of the net for his third goal of the season. Right before the halftime whistle, the Lancers again scored on a breakaway play with Sergio Benitez feeding Midya Housepian for a 15-yard shot and goal.
With six minutes left, Jovanny Silva headed in a rebound off a free kick by Luis Flores that was originally stopped by ELAC goalie Pablo Sanchez-Rodriguez. Earlier, PCC had a goal by Alfaro waived off on an offside and Benitez hit the crossbar on a 25-yard attempt in the 41st minute.
Perez received help defensively by Jaime Jimenez, who played a strong game at defender.
"Gaetano has given the team a big lift with not only his outstanding performance as a goalie, but with his leadership skills," said PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan. "We played a great game today. We kept the ball moving, creating plays on offense. ELAC had its share of shots, but we didn't let them get wide open scoring opportunities and we didn't have any defensive letdowns."
Alfaro, Flores and Larson are becoming a formidable trio on offense. They have combined for nine goals and seven assists thus far this season.
PCC (3-2-4 overall) will visit Long Beach City College on Tuesday, October 8 in a 4 p.m. conference match.
[Photo--Lancer goalie Gaetano Perez goes up to secure the ball during PCC's 3-0 win over East LA Friday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 10/04/2013