Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Under the heavy rain, PCC defeated L.A. Harbor, 4-2 in overtime, Tuesday, for the second round of the Southern California Playoffs.
The game was played at East Los Angeles College.
Even though god got nothing to do with the rain, the luck was on PCC's side during the course of the game.
Robert Lewis, PCC Sports Information director, has the story.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
As of now, the team has been given priority to the physical fitness as they have been running for two straight days without practicing with the ball.
PCC Coaches are trying to work on the physical shape of key players such as Edward Orellana, Abbas Said (pictured in right), and James Hernandez. Cherif Zein, team's head coach, has said that "[their] presence on the field will be important."
At one point, Zein should start working with the players' mental game...because it's been very mediocre in the past games. PCC has not played with the winning mentality and they have been depending on long-throw-ins too much.
In order to be champions, PCC will need to show that they can play football, we'll see what happens.
Today will be Maradona's debut as of the Argentina's soccer head coach against Scotland. (Photo Courtesy of Ole)
In other note, Argentina will play against Scotland today for a FIFA day. Expectations are flying high in Argentina as this will be Maradona's first game as the head coach. He has already decided that the first 11 will be: Juan Pablo Carrizo; Javier Zanetti, Martin Demichelis, Gabriel Heinze, Emiliano Papa (a surprise); Maxi Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago, Jonas Gutierrez; Carlos Tevez and Ezequiel Lavezzi, who will replace Maradona's son-in-low's (Sergio "Kun" Aguero) position. Aguero had to leave the team yesterday as his wife/Maradona's daughter had complications with her pregnancy.
Lo mejor para el Diego.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Cerritos College men's soccer team clinched the South Coast Conference title after defeating Long Beach City College, 4-0.
Pasadena City College could have done so, if they would have beaten Los Angeles Harbor College.
Yet, it never happened.
PCC played with no huevos, and lost 2-0.
Harbor dominated the game from the first minute as they controlled the possession of the ball and showed a winning attitude.
PCC did not have any of those qualities to win the game and they suffered.
Lancers' goalkeeper Jorge Sainz was the only one in the team who had a great performance despite of the loss. Sainz made save after save, yet his defense did not help him.
Now, the Lancers' future for the playoff is still uncertain. If they maintain their standing within the top three they will have a bye for the playoffs, but ccsoccernews hasn't updated the website.
Es una pena que hayan perdido, but as I said to the players there is nothing else that you can do but to start thinking on the playoffs.
On a good note, the PCC women's soccer team say good-bye to its sophomores with a win. PCC defeated Harbor, 2-0. And with this win they closed their 2008 season with a 10-8-1 overall record, 5-6-1 in the season.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
It is simple.
PCC has to win tomorrow to stretch the difference between them and Cerritos to six points and await for the result between Mt. SAC and East L.A. College.
The win won't only give the Lancers the tranquility of staying in first, but also the confidence to play the next two games to clinch the South Coast Conference title.
PCC comes from tying against ELAC at home, and we'll see if the Lancers are ready to get back in the winning path.
PCC won't count with stopper Albrik Tahmasian (pictured in the right - photo courtesy by Richard Quinton) after receiving a red card on Tuesday. His spot will most likely to be covered by Dario Orozco.
Polly Nader, PCC Courier Staff Writer has the story of PCC tying ELAC here.
PCC will be playing against the Falcons tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Cerritos. The PCC women's soccer team will be playing at 1 p.m.
Chivas obtuvo un empate frente al conjunto argentino y ahora tendrá que enfrentarse contra el Inter de Brasil. (cortesía de Cariverplate.com.ar)
As of the Chivas-es, the one from Guadalajara is in the next round of the playoffs while the Angeleno one is ready for the second leg against Real Salt Lake.
The Mexican Chivas got the ticket for the next round as they tied Argentina's River Plate 2-2 at Jalisco. The aggregated score was 4-3 for the Rebaño Sagrado.
The one from U.S. is looking forward to playing their best against RSL. Chivas USA will need to win at least 2-0 to go straight into the next round or in case the win by one goal, they will be going to penalty shutout.
Veremos que pasa.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Both Pasadena City College men's and women's soccer teams will be hosting East Los Angeles College tomorrow.
The women's team will try to get another win to start rounding up the season at least with a .500 or above record. PCC will probably get the win, but to do so, they will need to have Brianna Carlos and Molly Pink anchoring the defense, have a Carolina Rangel, Sheima Berenji, and Alexa Weigand encendidas, and last but not least they will need to have Melissa Fudge ready to take advantage of any scoring chance.
The men's team will look for another win to prevail in the first spot in the South Coast Conference. The possible first eleven for tomorrow will be: Jorge Sainz; Bryant Castillo, Malcolm Linton, Albrik Tahmasia, Dante Bruno-Lopez; Jose Cortez, James Hernandez, Abbas Said, Ando Ghevadyan; Gabriel Chavarria and Gilbert Pogosyan.
ELAC won't be easy since they are physically fit to play in the tiny field that PCC has. Plus, ELAC comes pumped up from their previous game, as they gathered their first victory in the season against El Camino College.
We'll see what's gonna happen.
Meanwhile, it is more likely that PCC has already make the playoffs, but Rio Hondo College has been the first team in this season in qualifying to the playoffs as they already clinched the Foothill Conference title with two more games to play. Congrats to the Road Runners.
In another note, former PCC player, Yura Movsisyan, scored again to give Real Salt Lake the partial victory, 1-0, against Chivas USA. His goal came in the 90th minute (he scored in the previous game as well at the same time to give RSL the pass to the playoffs) with his back heel off a pass from Argentina playmaker Javier Morales.
Now, Movsisyan and RSL will play the second leg this upcoming Saturday at the Home Depot Center.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
PCC men's soccer team maintains the first spot in the South Coast Conference, after defeating Compton College, 4-2, Friday at home.
Once again, James Hernandez pulled his goleador costume out, and scored two goals against an inexperienced keeper who went into his goal to get the ball four times.
Albrik Tahmasian and Jose "Gatusso" Cortez scored the other two for the win.
PCC's head coach Cherif Zein played all the roster as the game was sentenced in the 65th minute when Cortez scored. Compton would cut the difference to two, but there was nothing else that could be done.
PCC dominated and, at times, the team played like a truly champ. PCC showed good soccer with good passes, possession and effectiveness.
Also, in another good note, Malcolm Linton gathered his 14 assists in the season, breaking the school record of 12, set in 2001.
Besides assisting his teammates with his long throw-ins and free-kicks, Linton has been a true leader in the team as he managed and anchored the defense pretty well. Linton demostrated that the captain band no le queda grande.
In other games, Mt. SAC pulled a valuable win against Long Beach CC, 3-2. The win allows the Mounties to keep on chasing the Lancers as they are two points behind them.
As of LBCC, the team has to start saying good bye to it's chances of winning the SCC since they are seven points behind.
And last but not least, Cerritos College lost to Harbor, 3-2, and now Cerritos is five points behind the Lancers.
Damn, this conference is going crazy.
Whenever you get a chance, go and watch it!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Pasadena City College men's soccer team will play against Compton College, a team that PCC has already beaten in the first round by 2-1. The game will start today 3 p.m. at PCC's Robinson Stadium.
PCC is coming pumped up from Tuesday's game, where they gathered a very valuable triumph from Long Beach as they defeated LBCC 1-0.
Defender Albrik Tahmasian was the author of the only goal of the game.
The win helped the Lancers to lift their power points as well as their ranking in the state standings. Now, the Lancers are No. 3 in the state and first in the South Coast Conference.
Counting today’s game, they are five games left in the season, and as the Lancers plan to clinch the conference, they only depend on themselves.
As of the women’s, they will have a bye since Compton College does not have a women’s soccer team.
More games in the SCC for today:
Long Beach CC @ Mt. SAC - Definitely an important game that whoever loses will start to say good bye to the first spot in the SCC
Cerritos @ Harbor – same as above.
El Camino @ East LA – Probably, the game with less importance in the conference.
Now the standings in the SCC are:
2- Cerritos 19
3-Mt. SAC 19
4- LBCC 17
8- El Camino 2
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Yes, it's official.
Diego Armando Maradona will be in charge of the Argentinean National Soccer team.
Yeah, it might be a bomb since most people didn't expect it.
I was expecting it.
Argentina needed a change, needed someone who truly understands what it is to be in a World Cup and how to win it.
Maradona can give that.
However, Maradona will have to be working with his leadership. A leadership has to be organized, a quality that, for many, Maradona lost it due to his past health issues.
As many of you guys know or maybe not, Yura Movsisyan (pictured in the right with the white jersey. photo courtesy by Richard Quinton) scored the tying goal against Colorado Rapids this past Sunday. His goal allowed Real Salt Lake to clinch the third spot in the MLS Western Standings.
As I talked to him in the phone, yesterday, he said: "I am happy for scoring the goal, but I am happier because we are in the playoffs."
Throughout the conversation he just seemed very calm and focus.
And, the latter one has been the reason why he is succeeding in the MLS, his focus on doing things right had led him to be the starting forward at RSL, after two irregular seasons at Kansas City Wizards.
We'll see how does he do against Chivas USA, I just wish him the best.
Monday, October 27, 2008
After losing last Friday against Mt. SAC, 3-2, at home, PCC is looking to keep its first spot as they face the Long Beach City College's Vikings in what might be one of the two most critical games (the other one is against Cerritos at their home) if the Lancers aspire to win the South Coast Conference.
After losing against LBCC in the first round, the Lancers already know what player they have to keep an eye on throughout the game.
His name, Manuel Batista. His jersey's number, 18.
The Lancers won't count with right defender Bryant Castillo for tomorrow's game since he has a game off due to a red card issued to him during the game against the Mounties. Castillo's spot will be replaced by Dario Orozco or Edward Orellana.
So, the probable roster (4-4-2) for tomorrow is: Jorge Sainz; Orozco or Orellana, Albrik Tahmasian, Malcolm Linton, Dante Bruno-Lopez; Jose Cortez, James Hernandez, Gilbert Pogosyan, Alan De Leon; Ando Ghevandyan and Ivan Nava.
As of the women's, the soccer team will face a mediocre Long Beach. Both teams are knocking on the door to make the playoffs, so this would be an important game to define both team's future.
All I have to say is Suerte, Buena Suerte.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Top Picture, PCC's Alan De Leon, in burgundy, tries to cut in against two Harbor's defenders in PCC's 5-3 win. Bottom Picture, Alexa Weigand holds the ball during PCC's 5-0 triumph. (Photo Courtesy of PCC Courier staff Daniel Lottes)
Yes, they are hot.
With Fudge and Weigand active in the game, PCC women's soccer team is a whole another team.
It is a team that has the three G's (in Spanish)... it is a team that Gana, Gusta y Golea.
An example from what I just said can be best justified with Fudge's three goals in the game and her assist to teammate Weigand to give the Lancers the second victory of the conference season.
Now, the women's team is 7-5-1 overall, 2-3-1 in the SCC, and is trying to get into the playoffs' spots.
Sorry guys for not posting anything lately. The truth is I got sick after a overloading week and it got worse after River - Boca game over the weekend.
Definitely, the superclásico was a waste of time.
I am not saying this because I hate the fact that River lost (FYI: I am a "Millonarios" River fan). But, I hate the fact that the game has lost its essence of the game.
The games from 10 years ago were more dynamic and had more scoring chances, it used to display the fútbol that every soccer fan likes.
Now, it is pure crap.
Both teams played the game with precaution, nobody wanted to risk anything, and that was the outcome of the game. 1 - 0 for Boca y para la casa.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Desde Pasadena, From Pasadena to Buenos Aires, Argentina, it was expected that Alfio "El Coco" Basile was going to resign if he was not able to get two positive results in the past two games for the World Cup Qualifier.
And, Basile didn't get them.
Playing defensively at Chile and having Chile physically fitter than us were examples of the lack of training coming from an incapable coach, who never knew how to work with stars and players. Come on now, you have Messi, Aguero, Mascherano, Zanetti, Cambiasso, etc., and you know how to make them play? That is because Basile never worked with his players.
For months, “El Coco” has been talking about giving the liberty to Messi and Riquelme to do whatever they want in the field, which is good, yet I think that liberty was so excessive that he never work with the players during practices, which is bad.
With Bielsa, or even Batista (he coaches the Argentina’s U-20 and coach the Gold-medalist Olympic team), Argentina era otra, you had players that wanted to play, stars that were treated as players, and the most important thing to bring a good team, work ethic.
Now, Argentina is looking for a new head coach. Candidates for that opening: Simeone, Maradona, Batista, Russo…or even Pasadena City College head coach, Cherif Zein?
By the way, the latter one will have his Lancers playing today against El Camino College at Torrance. Definitely a great game to watch, I’ll be staying at home since I’ve been overload with homework and Basile has made me sick.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Since the first minute of the game, PCC's showed that they were going to play the game with huevos, and the results didn't take long to come. Forwards Jose Cortez and Sargis Agaronian pressured the Cerritos defenders to commit their first error as they gave a corner away for PCC in just two minutes into the game. The first goal of the match came from that corner. PCC coach Cherif Zein's set play was well executed by the Lancers, as James Hernandez crossed a low and hard ball into the first post, which landed in Ando Ghevandyan's foot, to put the Lancers up, 1-0. In the 30th minute, Malcom Linton - Damn, I already lost count of how many assists he has - assisted 'Gattuso' (nickname of Cortez for his look like the Professional soccer player) with a 40-yard free-kick, which ended in the net after the latter headed in.
2-0, and it was a justified partial victory. PCC was more dynamic and efficient than the Falcons.
Cerritos would shorten the distance in the score before the end of the first half, yet PCC had the last word as James Hernandez score a free-kick and set the final score, 3-1.
Now, PCC leads the SCC with 13 points, followed by Cerritos and Mt. SAC, both with 10. Now, PCC will play on Friday against El Camino College. I don't know what will be PCC's new ranking in the state, but you guys can check it out at CCSoccer.
For the women's, former PCC and now Cerritos midfielder, Elba Menjivar (pictured on the left, #7) will have a good sleep tonight, after she promised a goal against her former team, days before the game. Menjivar scored the last of Falcon's three goals. What I just don't understand is why are the girls in the team looking for a tie playing at home against Cerritos when they know if they play cabeza a cabeza, they can get a win.
I don't know, I don't want to go in details, but I just want to clarify that PCC women's soccer lost at home, playing defensively.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
As of the women's, the girls played an excellent game where the level of technique was notorious and made the difference in the game. Again, PCC forward and team's top scorer, Melissa Fudge, gathered another goal as she scored from the P.K. line in the first half of the game. The Huskies would eventually have a P.K. in their favor that they couldn't take advantage of because of the great paradon made by Lancers goalkeeper Randi Richardson.
The women's soccer team pulled its first victory in the South Coast Conference, I hope they can keep up with this ganador spirit.
Later on that day, the men's soccer team won at East L.A. for the first time in three years. Sin duda, the player of the game was Jose Antonio Cortez, who scored two goals and also forced a Huskie defender to score an own goal. He was imparable in the right.
I will be uploading a video with the highlights, soon.
I just want to everyone know that Tuesday, it is El Clasico for the Lancers. PCC, second in the SCC with nine points, will play the SCC leader Cerritos College, with 10, in a game that will promise good soccer!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This year's South Coast Conference should be the toughest in years. Why? It's simple, Pasadena City College (#6), Cerritos (#5), Mt. SAC(#4), and Long Beach (#9) are all ranked within the top 10 teams in the state of California. Plus you have Los Angeles Harbor and Compton, which have improved a lot compared to last year. It would be a great opportunity for the players to show off theirs skills while they are in this conference. Remember, this conference attracts University scouts like no other.
Going in details about yesterday's PCC men's soccer game. PCC won its second game in the SCC, Tuesday, 2-1 against Compton.
Compton had the initial lead in the 16th minute, after Compton's captain, Nelson Guevara, executed a penalty kick on to the net. Yet, minutes later, in the 31st minute, PCC's defender Malcolm Linton, yes again, assisted teammate Albrick Tamasian with a throw-in.
It didn't take much time for PCC to settle the final score as midfielder James Hernandez scored a free kick that fortunately for the Lancers it bounced just before when the Compton's keeper was about to catch it.
The women's soccer team did not play because Compton College does not have a women's soccer team.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
In the No. 18s' duel, Long Beach's Manuel Batista's contribution helped the Vikings to gather another victory against James Hernandez and his Lancers, 4-3, last Friday. (photo courtesy by Richard Quinton)
Man, I have to admit it. Long Beach has been PCC's PAPA for the past three years. Why am saying that? Well, the last time that PCC beat Long Beach or "Playa Larga" was back in 2005 when PCC had the now MLS Real Salt Lake Forward Yura Movsisyan. Going in details about the game, PCC lost to Long Beach 4-3, last Friday, at home and it sucks the fact that PCC Lancers had the initial lead two times but they weren't able to handle it. The key player for the Vikings's victory was, sin duda, Manuel Batista, #18. Batista just dominated the game from half-field and up, and he did what smart playmakers do, provoking the defenders with trash-talking take them out of the focus in the game. There is a lot to learn, PCC will play Compton tomorrow, a possible win. Buena Suerte!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
This is a video that I submitted as a VO/SOT/VO assignment for my TV news production class, I will have an entire clip of the game later on, it is just that due to school midterms as well as internship and work, I don't have that much free time to edit the videos. Hope you understand, Arroz Latino
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Losing el clasico, 5-1, it hurts!
The Mt. SAC's women soccer team's offense dominated PCC throughout the game, not letting the Lancers have any comebacks. The only bright side of the game was Alyssa Becerra, who scored the only goal. Now, wake up, Long Beach on Friday!
Sargis Agaronian celebrates one of his two goals, teammate Gilbert Pogosyan (#14) tries to be part of el festejo. (Picture Courtesy by Richard Quinton)
Ccsoccernews (the organization in charge of the California Community College Soccer news) announced that Pasadena City College men's soccer is now ranked No. 3 in the state after outplaying Mt. SAC, 3-0, Tuesday, at the Mountaineer's home field.
Sargis Agaronian played a key role in the game as he gathered two goals in the game. While teammate James Hernandez scored a Golazo 35 yards out.
According to reports coming live from the field, the defense was the highlight of the game as the blank Mt. SAC to have any scoring opportunities.
Now PCC is 1-0-0 in the South Coast Conference, 6-1-0 overall, while Mt. SAC is 0-1-0, 7-2-1.
In the same conference, Cerritos College beat Compton, 2-1, and LA Harbor defeated ELAC, 4-2.
As a former player for PCC, I am really proud and I just wanted to say that the men's soccer team is bringing the pride that for a long time we didn't have en la cancha.