News: Robinson Stadium Is Fun House For Women's Soccer
Home advantage has taken on new meaning for the Pasadena City College women's soccer team this season. The Lancers remain undefeated after five games on the SprinTurf surface of Robinson Stadium following a 5-1 pounding over Los Angeles Valley College Friday evening.
The Lancers are 4-0-1 at home (4-2-1 overall) and have outscored opponents, 21-4. Against LA Valley, PCC badly outshot the Monarchs, 24-3, and had numerous scoring chances throughout the match.
"We've talked as a team about the idea of playing a full 90 minutes without having a lapse in either half," said PCC head coach Randy Lilavois. "I thought the players accomplished that today. When you score in the first five minutes and the last five minutes, it's a sign you've played well from start to finish."
The number of fans have increased at games with more than 100 viewing this match. PCC athletics has implemented a fan-friendly atmopshere at contests, including pre-game and halftime music, scoreboard operation, including game time and game score, while adding the announcement of starting lineups (for both teams) and the playing of the national anthem over the stadium's public address system. Even chants of "let's go Lancers" were heard on Friday from excited fans.
Against Valley, sophomore forward Vanessa Capra scored the first of her two goals, accepting a lead pass from Taylor Gore and netting PCC a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the game. Capra missed on a penalty kick later in the half and the Lancers kept that slim margin into halftime.
In the second half, sophomore defender Hallie White headed in a perfectly placed corner kick by frosh forward Nancy Nunez for a 2-0 lead in the 59th minute. Just five minutes later, sophomore defender Heather French launched a 35-yard free kick into the upper corner for a 3-0 lead. After the Monarchs cut it to 3-1, Capra scored on a breakaway set up on a pass by Cassandra Orozco in the 84th minute. With three minutes left, Nunez closed the scoring, ripping in a penalty shot goal for her team-leading seventh this season.
Sarah Castellenos had a second-half goal nullified by the referee. If not for a few spectacular saves by LAVC goalie Tiffany Tobar (seven overall), the Lancers might have piled on their lofty lead.
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Lancers open the South Coast Conference portion of their schedule as they host El Camino College. Game time is 1 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.
[Photo--Amanda Papac (11) raises her hands in glee as teammates congratulate Heather French (middle) following her long-range goal Friday during a 5-1 win over LA Valley, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 09/22/2012