The men’s soccer team got back on track as it won its fourth match of the season by a score of 4-1 against College of the Desert on Sept. 9.
PCC rallied back just before the end of the first half when freshman forward Vahagn Manoyan scored his second goal of the season. The goal was set up by sophomore forward Gor Kirakosyan.
The Lancers worked hard during the second half as Kirakosyan scored on a penalty kick in the 66th minute. The Lancers did not stop there. Scoring continued as freshman forward Irving Rosales scored in the 80th minute and assisted on a combination score with freshman mid fielder Antonio Benitez in the final minute.
“We are bonding really well,” said Head Coach Edgar Manvelyan. “It’s still early but so far I am very happy with the chemistry of the team.”
The teamwork is truly evident in Rosales’ and Kirakosyan’s games as both have put up strong numbers in the past five games. Rosales is the team leader with five goals and two assists while Kirakosyan has four goals and four assists.
Freshman goalie Ramiro Martinez made three saves as the Lancers out-shot Desert, 15-4.
Though it’s early in the season, Manvelyan already has his eye on the team’s biggest challenge.
“We have to think about Mt. San Antonio College because they are the defending champions,” he said. “Our conference is very tough and every game is going to be competitive. We just have to take one game at a time and we’ll be alright.”
The team improved its record to four wins and one loss this season but collected a draw when it drew a 1-1 tie against Victor Valley College in Victorville on Sept. 14.
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