Goalkeeper Angelique Ulmer secured another home victory as well as a spot in the PCC record books with her 12th career shutout in the Lancers’ 2-0 win over ECC Compton on Friday afternoon.
The injury-plagued Lancers showed a lot of grit as they were able to gut out their fifth win of the season.
“We played as one,” said Ulmer. “We’ve been struggling a little, but everyone has figured out what they need to do to fill in [for the injured players].”
Sloppy play and careless fouls minimized each team’s chances of scoring in the first half. Compton had two decent looks early on, but neither shot yielded a goal.
PCC seemed to find a little bit of a rhythm just before halftime, as there was a good amount of procession into Tartar territory to end the first half.
The Lancers’ first goal came early in the second half from an unlikely suspect. Sophomore defender Karina Costilla was filling in at forward but she made it seem as though she had been playing the position all year. Following a throw-in from the left sideline, she let the ball take a bounce over her head and followed it down the field toward the net. Finally, when she was close enough, she was able to tap the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.
“We worked hard as a unit,” said Costilla. “But, I was also glad to get that goal since I am usually a defender.”
PCC added some insurance at the 72 minute mark. Sophomore forward Christine Salas’ throw from the left sideline caused a bit of a scrum in the eight-yard box. The ball was eventually spit out and found the foot of freshman forward Elena Heuze, who easily placed it into the back on the net from about 10 yards out.
The Tartars made one last charge at the Lancers’ goal that was denied by an acrobatic save by Ulmer, solidifying her record-setting 12th career shutout.
“We’re coming together nicely, despite all the injuries,” said head coach Reggie Rivas.
PCC will face Mt. SAC and El Camino College as they try to keep some momentum going.
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