The Lancers’ men’s soccer team’s frustration with each other continued when they were outplayed by Cerritos in a 4-0 away loss before regaining their composure at El Camino College-Compton Center in a scoreless tie.
Head coach Edgar Manvelyan is in his sixth season at PCC and has a 32-47-28 record overall. His coaching status for next season is in question but he doesn’t know what’s next.
“I haven’t sat down with my AD and I don’t know his intentions for me to come back,” Manvelyan said. “We are going to continue recruiting, training, and preparing for next season. As regards to my status, I have no idea.”
On Friday against El Camino-Compton, the team played better than in prior games and everyone seemed to be on the same page, though the season is coming to an end. They played together and moved the ball better. El Camino-Compton was also knocked out of playoff contention after the tie.
Manvelyan says the team’s problem is that they’re not scoring enough goals. They have scored 11 goals compared to their opponents’ 43. He has tried a lot of things with his team but they seem to come short.
“Against Compton, we went with a formation that we usually don’t and we didn’t play a lot of guys. It worked. We outshot them 19-10,” Manvelyan said. “We dominated the game from beginning to end. Their keeper made 10 or 11 saves. He kept them in the game … We pressed really high and we should’ve won. I was very proud of the boys because they came out to play.”
Freshman defender Derek Bell is one player who feels the team showed up to play on Friday rather than on Tuesday.
“All around on Friday I think we played way better. We had a lot of chances on goal,” Bell said. “We give up a lot of early goals and it puts our team’s morale down. We get frustrated with each other. I feel like on Friday since they didn’t score on us early it helped our team’s confident. We were on their half most of the game. We just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
It seems like the team is in energy-saving mode now since they are at the bottom of the conference standings and their playoff chances are long gone. Most of the team’s frustration comes from sophomores in their last season on the team.
On Tuesday against Cerritos, Pasadena played “selfish and didn’t play as a team.” After Cerritos’ goal in the 7th minute, the Lancers played from behind the rest of the game.
Freshman midfielder Adam Alonzo said the team was completely outplayed and unfocused against Cerritos.
“We weren’t focused at all. That kind of hurt us,” Alonzo said. “During the game a lot of people were unfocused and I guess we weren’t ready mentally. We were ready physically but our attitude wasn’t too good so we started fighting with each other. Other than that, we just didn’t play our game.”
The Lancers play their last game of the season at LA Harbor College on Nov. 13.