The Lancers were unable to continue the momentum from Tuesday’s tie game against Santa Ana and lost to the Santiago Canyon College Hawks 2-0 on Friday.
The beginning of the first half was a battle from both teams, with aggressiveness, pinpoint passing, and a couple of shots on goal by the Lancers. Though the Lancers were on the right track, Santiago Canyon opened up the scoring with the first goal in the 16th minute from a cross on the ground coming from the right side and the second in the 29th minute on a cross from the left side.
Co-captain and midfielder Fausto Espinoza is a big motivator for his team, constantly reminding them to keep playing their game and to keep their heads up.
“The first half, we didn’t play our game. We weren’t organized and let their wingers spread us out,” Espinoza said. “That’s just the bottom line.”
The Lancers continued knocking on the door but the Hawks’ goalkeeper wasn’t allowing anything to go in during a second half push.
A few Lancers went down hard from physical plays by the Hawks, including a slide tackle from the back that forced Oscar Gonzalez to leave the game in the first half. He later returned to the game in the second half.
Head coach Edgar Manvelyan said his team “fought back as much as they could” during the second half but couldn’t get anything in the goal. He also said his team “needed this game” away from home and against a top contending team to prepare them for the season.
“Today, we had a slow start. It resulted in two soft goals that should’ve never been there,” Manvelyan said. “We picked it up in the second half. We created opportunities and their keeper made two great saves that should’ve been goals.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the Santa Ana College Dons outshot PCC 18-7 but the Lancers were able to keep them grounded. After the Dons’ goal in the 60th minute, the Lancers were unfazed and answered back in the 74th minute.
Co-captain and defender Sasan Shirmohammadi said his team wasn’t ready mentally on Friday compared to on Tuesday.
“It was just, mentally we took a break. Even I didn’t come out prepared,” Shirmohammadi said. “It wasn’t too much competition. It was just some players didn’t have their heads screwed on right.”
The Lancers will look to fix their mistakes from Friday’s loss as they travel to Rancho Cucamonga to face the undefeated Chaffey College Panthers on Wednesday at 4 p.m.