News: Men's Soccer 1-0-1 v. State Power Mt. SAC
The Pasadena City College men's soccer team can thank the power points system in its sport and its ability to play well v. uber power Mt. San Antonio, the four-time defending CCCAA state champion, to give the Lancers a strong footing to reach the upcoming postseason.
Despite being the only team with an under-.500 overall record among the region's 15 highest power point squads, the Lancers are rated No. 9 following a 3-3 tie at Mt. San Antonio on Nov. 8. Fourth-place PCC is undefeated v. the second-place Mounties in South Coast Conference play at 1-0-1 after securing a tie on a penalty kick goal by freshman defender George Barba with 10 minutes left in the game.
The Lancers are 6-7-6 overall and a modest 5-5-2 in SCC play, but their strength of overall schedule and their success v. Mt. SAC have served as pluses in comparison to many other SoCal colleges.
Against Mt. SAC, forward Sarmeen Ibrahim, an international student from Iraq, scored two goals to give PCC a brief 2-1 lead in the second half. The Mounties responded with two goals in a seven-minute span to regain a 3-2 lead before Barba netted his tying PK shot. Goalie Gaetano Perez made 11 saves. Earlier this year, the Lancers handed the Mounties a 5-2 defeat at Robinson Stadium.
On November 5 at Los Angeles Harbor College, the Lancers blew a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 loss to the Seahawks. Defender Max Rico scored with four minutes left in the first half on an assist by Ibrahim and forward Eric Chavez drove in a goal only a minute into the second half. Harbor scored in the 51st minute then tied it on Jesus Gutierrez' score in the 68th minute. With just a minute left, Gutierrez scored the winning goal on a pass by Eduardo Ramirez.
In a game played November 1 at PCC, Long Beach City College won 1-0 when Robert Burgos blasted a free kick from 18 yards out into the upper corner right at the close of injury time.
"We're not out quite out of the woods on clinching a playoff spot, so we have to make this final week of conference one where we play at our best," said PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan. "You can look at our record and not be impressed but the majority of our losses have been games that were decided in the final few minutes. We definitely should have a lot more than six wins, and we've certainly played like a team that deserves a playoff seed."
Fourteen teams will qualify for the SoCal Regional Playoffs, something the Lancers have not reached since 2008.
The Lancers will host first-place Cerritos College on Tuesday, Nov. 12 (3 p.m.), then close out the regular season in a Friday, Nov. 15 contest against El Camino College-Compton Center (game time to be determined, possibly a 6 p.m. evening start).
[Photo--Eric Chavez in action during a recent Lancers game. Chavez has scored a team-leading eight goals this season.]
Release Date: 11/11/2013