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Lancers Victor Menchaca, (right) and Luis Flores, (left) try to get the ball away from opposing team at Robinson Stadium on Sept. 25. PCC Men’s Soccer wins against El Camino 2-1 for their first South Coast Conference Game.

Following a string of losses in non-conference the Lancers walked away with a 2-1 win against the El Camino College Warriors at Robinson Stadium on Tuesday.

“We’ve been playing very good in non-conference but we’ve been unlucky,” said Lancers Coach Edgar Manvelyan.

Spirits were high going in to the first South Coast Conference game of the season and in the 10th minute of the game Luis Flores, forward, secured a goal while the El Camino goalie Nolan Dean was asleep on the job.

The rest of the first half was played by the El Camino net with the Lancers putting up a strong defense against the combined efforts of Warriors’ Berto Briseno, midfield, and Claudio Rodriguez, forward, attempts to get on the scoreboard.

The second half saw the Warriors tie things up in the 64th minute with a penalty kick after Luis Hernandez, goalie, received a red card.

The tension grew afterwards and Lancer Yeyson Caballeros collided with Briseno. Caballeros, who played a strong defense, was benched for the rest of the game.

The relief for El Camino was short-lived when seven minutes later Zach Larson, forward, shot across the field and made the game-winning goal.

“Zach has been unbelievable all day and he has a lot of speed and we used him well today,” said Manvelyan, “We changed our formation and we changed some players around. We played with heart and nothing to lose.”

The last five minutes was a midfield scuffle as the Warriors tried to get the ball back but the Lancers were not letting this one get away.

“I feel that we played good, we were hungry this time because it was our first conference game,” said Larson.

The long-awaited win will fuel the fire needed on Friday at East Los Angeles College.


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