Powered by a hat trick scored by a freshman midfielder, the Lancers women’s soccer team won its third consecutive game on Tuesday afternoon in their SCC conference opener against ECC Compton at Robinson Stadium.
It was also the third consecutive shutout, as PCC breezed past the Tartars 3-0.
Lancers’ head coach Reggie Rivas was especially pleased with how the squad is coming together.
“I’m really excited,” Rivas said. “If we keep playing like this, we will do really well in conference this year.”
Unlike its two previous games, the Lancers’ offense was able to break through almost immediately. Early in the first half, freshman midfielder Ani Hemelians used her speed and a little bit of finesse to score her first of three goals on the afternoon.
From about 10 yards out, at a very difficult angle, Hemelians was able to stick the ball in the top left corner of the net, just out of the reach Compton’s goalkeeper. Hemelians later capitalized on a pair of open shots in the second half to complete her hat trick.
“I just tried to be first to every ball,” Hemelians said. “The opportunities were there and I took advantage.”
Sophomore defender Bailey Shaw-Rodriguez was extremely pleased after another defensive clinic put on by the Lancers.
“Wanting to win for each other is big,” Shaw-Rodriguez said. “I have a great goalie, and a great defensive line to work with.”
The Lancers will travel to meet conference rival Mt. SAC on Friday afternoon, as they look to improve to 2-0 in conference and grab their fourth victory in a row.