News: Playoffs? Playoffs? Women's Soccer In Hunt
Forgive Pasadena City College women's soccer head coach Randy Lilavois if he appears worried about the Lancers' 2012 playoff chances. On Friday night, things were not looking in good shape following a 0-0 tie at Mt. San Antonio as PCC stood in 19th in the power rankings that determine playoff seedings. But by Sunday morning, a look at the power rankings had PCC listed in No. 18 at 1.9079. Eighteen teams qualify for the Southern California Regionals this season.
The Lancers are tied for second place in the South Coast Conference at 10-4-5 overall and 6-2-4 in league games. However, power rankings aren't based on conference standing. PCC is fifth among SCC teams in that powerful statistic with Cerritos at No. 1, Mt. SAC at No. 4, Long Beach City at No. 16, and East Los Angeles at No. 17. The saving grace for the Lancers is that they are .1142 ahead of No. 19 El Camino, yet another South Coast team.
Pasadena also has an opportunity to truly strengthen its power standing on Tuesday, Nov. 6 when they host state No. 3-ranked Cerritos College, the regional leader in power points at 2.4028. Kickoff is 3 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.
PCC last made the postseason in 2007.
In the tie at Mt. SAC, defender Taylor Gore (pictured) made the play of the game when she blocked a goal-line attempt in the 32nd minute after a Mounties' forward got around PCC goalie Tatiana Sanchez. Gore stopped the point-blank shot, then cleared the ball out of danger.
Sanchez made seven saves overall to record her sixth shutout of the season. Mt. SAC goalie Lindsey Stocks made three saves in the defensive grudge match. PCC defenders Gore, Hallie White, and Heather French all played strongly, according to assistant coach Reggie Rivas.
The following is a link to the power rankings for women's soccer:
FESTIVE HOME FINALE ON FRIDAY, NOV. 9 AT 5:30 PM
The Lancers host El Camino College-Compton Center on Friday, Nov. 9 in their final home match at Robinson Stadium. The game will be played at a special 5:30 p.m. start time under the stadium lights to accomodate parents and others wishing to see the Lancers in action.
Lilavois has invited several youth groups, including the AYSO, in hopes to bring a large crowd to the match.
Even if PCC were to gain a home playoff match, it would have to play off campus due to the strict postseason rules on host venues. Robinson Stadium's narrow field does not pass the test for regional playoff hosting. In the event that PCC does host a playoff match, it would be at a place to be determined.
Release Date: 11/03/2012