The PCC’s Men soccer team lost in a 4-2 heartbreaker to start off the 2014-15 season as they hosted the Eagles from LA Mission College at Robinson Stadium.
The Lancers started off slow from the first whistle. In just the fourth minute of the match, they allowed a goal from Eagles midfielder Javier Chavez, who sent a header to the far post off a free kick that put the Lancers in an early hole.
The Lancers were able to strike back in the 24th minute, as captain and midfielder Victor Menchaca scored to tie the game with a perfectly placed goal from ten yards out, under the hands of Eagles goalkeeper, Joel Juan Luis.
Not long after, the Eagles were able to take a 2-1 lead off of a penalty kick from Ericson Penate after Lancers forward Briley Venti committed a foul in the box and received a yellow card.
Then in the 35th minute, Lancers freshman midfielder Brandon Gerlach collided with the Eagles’ goalkeeper in a violent crash. Luis was able to get up quickly, but Gerlach remained on the ground and had to be carted off the field with an unknown injury. He had a big cut on the side of his head after the collision.
The Lancers were able to tie the game with a goal from freshman forward Kevin Geddes. It remained tied with the final ten minutes of the match approaching. That is when the Lancers completely collapsed.
In the 82nd minute, Ericson Penate scored his second goal of the match after the Lancers defense let Penate get off an open shot.
Just a minute after, Lancers’ goalkeeper David Orellana committed a penalty going after the ball in the box. The referee gave him a yellow card, and Penate scored his 3rd goal, giving him the hat trick that put the Lancers away for good.
“This was our first game and we’re very young,” says head coach, Edgar Manvelyan. “We came out stronger in the 2nd half, but in the last 20 minutes, the team collapsed.”
The Lancers will next travel to San Bernardino on Tuesday, Sept. 9, to take on San Bernardino Valley College.