Mt. SAC snuck a lone goal passed sophomore goalkeeper with just a minute left in injury time to defeat the Lancers’ women’s soccer team on Tuesday afternoon at Robinson Stadium.
“Every girl stepped up and played really hard,” said head coach Reggie Rivas. “Unfortunately we just didn’t get the win.”
The two teams seemed to be evenly matched through the first half. Both sides looked smooth on the offensive side of the ball, as pretty much everyone’s passes were on point. Although Mt. SAC looked a touch faster than Pasadena, the Lancers’ defense never let them get a decent look at the net.
The Lancers got off to an aggressive start in the second half that nearly yielded the game’s first goal. Freshman forward Ani Hemelians sprinted with the ball down the left flank and was able to center it just in front of the Mountie’s net. Her pass found the head of freshman Elena Heuze, but unfortunately Mounties goalkeeper Brianna Rice was in the right place and the right time to make the save.
The Lancers’ already staggering list of injuries unfortunately grew by one during Tuesday’s game. Freshman defender Hilary Kahn went down to the turf following a hard foul by Mt. SAC, and she would not return from the locker room after being helped off the field.
This was especially unfortunate because “it wasn’t even a play on the ball,” according to assistant coach Grant Clark.
Down yet another player, the Lancers stayed tough. Goalkeeper Angie Ulmer continued to hold her own in the net as she made an incredibly acrobatic save with about five minutes left in the game to keep things knotted up.
The crowd’s hearts sank about a minute later after a very questionable offside call on Hemelians, where it looked like she would have had the defender beat for a possible goal.
As the game slipped into injury time, Ulmer made another outstanding save where she was just able to deflect the ball off the crossbar by the tips of her fingers.
Unfortunately the Lancers ran out of answers with about 60 seconds left. The Mounties were able to cross the ball through the box and score off the first touch to the near post, just out of Ulmer’s reach. It was stunning how quickly the play happened.
“I’m still very proud of how hard we all worked,” said Ulmer. “It was probably one of the best games we’ve ever played together.”
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