News: Tie Is No Relief For Women's Soccer
Despite its best season in several years and a third place ranking in the South Coast Conference standings, the Pasadena City College women's soccer team finds itself needing victories over ties and stuck in an unenviable position in relation to the postseason.
As of this weekend, the Lancers are rated No. 18 in the state's SoCal power rankings. PCC is behind even two teams that it's ahead of in the conference in No. 13 East Los Angeles and No. 15 Long Beach City College. On Friday, Pasadena didn't help itself in earning a 1-1 tie against the defensive-minded Vikings of LBCC at Robinson Stadium.
The Lancers are 9-4-4 overall and 5-2-3 in SCC play. Pasadena outshot Long Beach, 19-8.
"We gave it all we had on the offensive end in the final minutes," said a concerned PCC head coach Randy Lilavois. "Long Beach threw everything at us, including the kitchen sink. We just couldn't get that tie-breaking goal. We still played one of our best games of the season. I'm proud of our team's efforts."
Pasadena trailed 1-0 before Nancy Nunez took the South Coast Conference goal-scoring lead over teammate Vanessa Capra. Ironically, it was Capra who fed Nunez on a ball in the goalie box that Nunez jetted in for her 12th goal in the 41st minute.
Long Beach goalie Jeannate DeAnda, the leading goalkeeper in least goals allowed in the conference, made eight saves, including spectacular stops on a one-timer attempt by Nunez in the second minute and a save on a point-blank shot from Cassandra Saavedra with 14 minutes left in the game. In the final moments, PCC argued that a shot taken by Capra was struck on a handball at the goal-line by a LBCC defender. However, no call was made.
Capra also was thwarted by the goalpost in the 19th minute when her long-range drive hit the crossbar above DeAnda.
Long Beach (8-4-4, 4-2-4 in SCC play) scored its goal in the 33rd minute by Rocio Hernandez.
On Tuesday, October 30, the Lancers visit Los Angeles Harbor College in a 4 p.m. match. Harbor is a low-ranked power ratings squad. On Friday, Nov. 2, PCC will likely need to defeat the No. 4 power rated squad and second-place conference foe Mt. San Antonio on the road.
"We still have control over our own destiny, but we have to either beat Mt. SAC or beat No. 1 Cerritos," Lilavois said. "For us to shoot up in those power rankings, it's going to take that kind of effort. I feel, either way, we have a team that deserves to make the playoffs. But deserving to get in and making it happen are two different things."
[Photo--Danielle Busta (red jersey) goes up to control the ball during the Lancers' 1-1 tie against Long Beach at Robinson Stadium Friday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 10/27/2012