The Lancers ended their losing streak by tying 1-1 against El Camino College on Friday but quickly tallied another loss in a 1-0 defeat against East Los Angeles College on Tuesday.
The Lancers are trying to change things around within their team and it proved to work on Friday. PCC played together and made sure to communicate. The team played 90 minutes of hard soccer and defended well.
Sophomore defender Sasan Shirmohammadi didn’t play either game with a knee injury so they lacked length and aggressiveness on the field, but the team was able to make up for his absence. The status of his return is unknown. There is a chance he won’t play in their upcoming game against Cerritos.
Despite being outshot on goal 9-3, the Lancers only allowed one goal. Some credit goes to freshman goalkeeper Yusuf Elmasri, who ended the game with eight saves.
Head coach Edgar Manvelyan said it was a “well-deserved tie for both teams.”
Freshman midfielder Adam Alonzo had one shot-on-goal on Friday. He couldn’t help but compliment his teammates for their effort and hard work.
“We played a lot harder than we usually do and our captain [Fausto Espinoza] pushed us a lot harder,” Alonzo said. “We got a good goal by [Artin Almary] and that gave us motivation. After the goal, we joined as a team and we defended.”
On Tuesday the Lancers played “one of our best games” of the season against ELAC. They dominated the first and second half but luck wasn’t on their side. ELAC had two goalkeepers that played and they both had a great game. They ended with 10 combined saves against Pasadena.
Derek Bell was one of the players mentioned that stepped up in Shirmohammadi’s absence. He played out of position at center defender against El Camino.
“We had a bunch of chances. We just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Bell said. “I feel like we honestly played very well yesterday. The result didn’t show it but we were controlling the ball and moving it well. We had our chances to tie the game.”
“We gave up an early goal but still played awesome soccer,” Manvelyan added. “We played with three forwards in the last 30 minutes and still couldn’t score. We have been playing well the last two games. We just need someone to score for us.”
Manvelyan said his team is ready for Cerritos on Friday.
The Lancers (0-2-1 in conference) host Cerritos College (2-0-1 in conference) on Friday at Robinson Stadium.