Mt. San Antonio College cruised past Pasadena in a 17-4 thumping on Wednesday to stay undefeated in conference play at the Lancers’ expense.
Pasadena has proven in the past that they can compete and have stronger teams earn their wins against them but the Mounties kept Pasadena’s hands full early and often.
“We have to give them credit. You can’t cough the ball up like that against a good team,” said head coach Terry Stoddard.
The Mounties opened the game by scoring five unanswered goals. Sophomore Jasmine Bustamante led the charge, scoring the first four goals of the game.
Two of her goals were scored within the first minute of the contest. She finished the game with five goals.
This is the fifth time this season that the Lancers were held to four goals or fewer. The good thing about this, however, is that Pasadena has showed their versatility.
The Lancers made turnovers from the get-go, which the Mounties made them pay for. Pasadena committed 12 unforced errors that the Mounties pounced on and they scored goals on every one of them.
“We were very disconnected and were not able to communicate with each other because of that,” said sophomore Ariahn Givens.
Despite being dominated for much of the match, there were a few bright spots for the Lancers.
Pasadena was slow to get to their feet on defense early in the game but improved as the game progressed.
The Mounties were able to lob the ball over Pasadena’s defenders on multiple occasions, which led to breakaways and odd-man rushes. But PCC quickly corrected that by putting pressure on the Mounties with double teams.
The Lancers executed on two crucial penalty kills in the match where Ariahn Givens was sent off for an exclusion. Pasadena had great man-to-man coverage and kept their hands in the face of the offense, which forced Mt. SAC to come up empty on great scoring opportunities.
The Mounties have now won by 10 or more goals in 10 of their 20 wins on the season.
The Lancers will play East LA at 9 a.m. and Santa Monica at 2:45 p.m. as they host a mini tournament at the PCC pools on Friday.
Pasadena defeated East LA 8-4 on Oct. 7 and Santa Monica 13-6 during the Citrus Tournament.
“We always have to expect the unexpected. There is no guarantee that we will beat them again,” said Sharon Perez.
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