The Lancers men’s soccer team made a big statement with their 1-0 victory over the state’s No. 5-ranked Mt. SAC Mounties on Friday.
With an imposing defense and an aggressive attack on offense, the Lancers handed last year’s state runner-up its first loss of the season.
“We always are motivated to play a talented, well-coached team like Mt. SAC and seem to have their number at home,” PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan said.
The Lancers extended their undefeated streak to five games (2-0-3) and improved to 3-3-3 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play. With the loss the Mounties fell to 5-1-3 on the season and 1-1-0 in conference play.
The lone goal of the match came during the 19th minute from freshman midfielder Lukeba Massamba. In his first start of the season, Massamba connected on a powerful shot from about 28 yards out past the outstretched arms of the Mt. SAC goalkeeper.
“The players know they are capable of being a top-rated type team,” Manvelyan said. “We just have to be more consistent from game to game.”
“This year we’ve come together as a team and it shows on the field,” sophomore defender George Barba said. “We have to continue to stay humble and stay focused and continue to play as a unit and stay composed.”
Against Mt. SAC, the Lancers controlled the tempo with their stellar performance on defense, led by returning All-SCC defender Barba. Barba saved a game-tying goal during the 28th minute and was instrumental on defense the entire game.
“George Barba is our coach, he’s our captain, he’s everything to our team,” sophomore forward Luis Ramirez said. “He’s a very important player to our team and he’s someone we all look up to. He’s played at the highest level of club soccer and he has a lot of experience.”
The Lancers host El Camino College on Tuesday at Robinson Stadium. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.