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News: Women's Soccer Moves Into 2nd Place in SCC


{Editor's note: changes to tie for 2nd]

It was win-win-win for the Pasadena City College women's soccer team Tuesday in defeating host Los Angeles Harbor College, 3-1. The Lancers entered rare territory for the program by moving inot a tie with Mt. San Antonio for second place in the South Coast Conference. Also, the team learned great news regarding the postseason.

In an announcement by the soccer coaches association, this year's Southern California Regional Playoffs has increased the number of teams for 2012, going from 16 teams to 18 teams. With PCC high in the standings, but not as high in its regional power rankings (No. 19, 1.8237), the chances are good that the Lancers will advance to the playoffs.

The power rankings are based on a combination of strength of schedule, strength of conference, and win percentage. PCC has games left v. No. 9 Mt. San Antonio and No. 2 Cerritos, which will up its power points.

This Friday, Nov. 2, the Lancers play at Mt. SAC in a pivotal 4 p.m. match. A tie v. the Mounties should up the team's power ranking. The formula used puts heavy emphasis on overall strength of opponents--an area PCC falls behind Mt. San Antonio, fifth-place Long Beach City, and sixth-place East Los Angeles in its own conference. No team with as high a win percentage as PCC (.684) is as low in the power ranking process. In fact, PCC's final game against El Camino College-Compton Center actually hurts the Lancers, win, lose, or tie, as Compton is last in the region in power points.

"I think we are the only sport that unless you win your conference, you have no idea if you're good enough for the playoffs," said PCC head coach Randy Lilavois. "But the significance of going into second place in the SCC for this team is important to us. We've come a long way this year to bring our program back to a formidable one within the state."

The Lancers moved to 10-4-4 overall and 6-2-3, the first time the team has won at least 10 matches since 2008.

In the Harbor win, leading PCC points scorer Vanessa Capra (Eagle Rock High) and Isabella Montano (Glendale High) each scored a goal and made an assist. For Capra, it was her 12th to tie teammate Nancy Nunez for the team lead in that category. The Lancers scored all three of their goals in the second half, including Cassandra Saavedra's eighth goal in the 52nd minute after consecutive cross passes by Nunez and Capra.

Defender Bianca Mercado (pictured, from Maranatha High), who assisted on the Montano goal by stealing an outlet pass in the 60th minute, was the team's top player on both ends of the field v. Harbor, according to Lilavois.

The Lancers are 3-0-2 in their last five games and matched an earlier year streak of being undefeated in their last five matches.

Release Date: 10/31/2012
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018


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