The Pasadena City College women’s soccer team lost 3-1 to Mt. San Jacinto Friday night, dropping their third match in four games.
After a 3-0 victory the week before versus San Diego Mesa, the Lancers looked to carry the momentum into the game. But the Eagles did not let that happen by showing more aggression.
The Eagles midfielder tested the Lancers freshman goalie Monica Rogers and scored Mt. San Jacinto’s first goal seven minutes into the game.
“We gave up a set piece early on for them to get a goal on us right outside the 18 yard box,” said head coach Reggie Rivas.
After the first goal, Rivas said the Lancers seemed to be lazy and didn’t play to their full potential.
Further into the game before halftime, the Lancers looked to pick up the pace as a team but still did not match the quick tempo offense of the Eagles.
At the 44th minute of the game, the Eagles scored again with a direct kick at Rogers that sailed over her head and into the goal.
The Lancers had many open shots but failed to capitalize on them.
“We had so many chances to score, we just did not finish them,” Rivas said.
The Lancers trailed 2-0 heading into halftime. They looked to put some points on the board after the half and scored at the 52nd minute on a “wonderful” goal from freshman midfielder Jasmin Rodriguez, Rivas said.
“It felt good to score the goal. I felt that it uplifted the team to play harder,” said Rodriguez.
The Lancers were down 2-1 and looked to take advantage of the momentum after the goal scored by Rodriguez.
“We were in the game,” said Rivas.
The Lancers defense started to play aggressively but two minutes later, after a blocked shot by Rogers, the Eagles tapped in the rebound just over her fingertips.
“I felt like we could of worked together more like we did versus San Diego and communicating together instead of doing our own thing. We would have played better,” said Rogers.
The Lancers kept fighting back during the second half but could not find an opportunity to get the ball past the goalie.
The Eagles did not allow any more goals as the Lancers lost the tough game.
“It was heartbreaking, but overall I am very proud of them because they fought hard and it is hard to play there and hard to win at the field. We came close to doing that,” said Rivas.
The Lancers look to reverse their fortunes Tuesday afternoon against Glendale Community College at Robinson Stadium at 3 p.m.