News: Orange Coast Spoils Rivas' Women's Soccer Head Coaching Debut, 2-0
Orange Coast College ruined the Pasadena City College women's soccer head coaching debut for Reggie Rivas, 2-0, but the Lancers' new leader felt the 2013 season opener proved to be a "good learning experience." PCC played the contest on Friday afternoon as part of the Ventura College Showcase Tournament.
"For the first 25 minutes, the players did everything we asked of them playing together for the first time" said Rivas, who served as an assistant coach last year during the program's strong second place finish in the South Coast Conference.
"Orange Coast basically played its third match (one scrimmage and a 0-0 tie on Thursday v. San Diego Mesa) and this was our first game. That made a difference because we showed some fatigue, especially during the second half. Orange Coast had its game legs and then picked up the momentum after scoring late in the first half."
The Pirates (1-0-1) broke a scoreless duel just a minute before halftime when Karly Freeman got ahead of the PCC defense in the corner, then centered a pass to Shelle Zito, who fired a goal past Lancers' starting goalie Tatiana Sanchez. Just five minutes into the second half, Freeman set up OCC's second goal as she gave a lead pass for a breakaway score by Aly Vargas.
The Lancers, who carried the play like Rivas said early in the game, never threatened offensively as they were limited to just five shots on goal. PCC's best opportunity came in the 53rd minute when midfielder Lizbeth Rodriguez led forward Cassandra Saavedra with a pass into the goalie box. However, Saavedra was foiled before taking a shot as OCC goalie Emily Harrier made a diving play to thwart the opportunity.
Defender Bailey Shaw later had a nifty play in which she dribbled 25 yards into OCC territory before delivering a short-range shot that went wide of the goal in the 83rd minute.
"Bailey impressed me the most and had a great game for us," Rivas said. "I also liked the energy that our second goalie Angie Ulmer gave us in the last 20 minutes. Both defender Amanda Papac and midfielder Kaylin Richards also had strong performances for us. "
Ulmer made two saves in relief of Sanchez. Shaw and Papac made several defensive breakups throughout the contest. Orange Coast outshot PCC overall, 9-5.
The Lancers (0-1) look for their first win Saturday, Aug. 31 when they face West Valley in an 11 a.m. game to close out the Ventura Showcase Tournament.
[Photo--PCC sophomore Amanda Papac (11) defends an Orange Coast attacker during the Lancers' season opener at Ventura College Friday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 08/30/2013