The Pasadena City College men's soccer team earned a 1-1 tie at Chaffey College in its South Coast Conference North Division opener Friday afternoon. Freshman reserve midfielder Romio Sislian scored a minute into the second half that erased Chaffey's 1-0 halftime lead.
The Lancers are 2-2-3 overall while the Panthers gained a bit of a moral victory in the tie. PCC beat Chaffey all three times they met last season, including a first round playoff, overtime win. The two teams are part of a powerful group of South Coast teams that make up a majority of the top 12 in the SoCal power points rankings.
PCC is No. 8 and Chaffey No. 13. Cerritos is No. 1, followed by No. 2 Mt. San Antonio, No. 3 Long Beach City, No. 5 Compton, No. 6 Rio Hondo, and No. 9 El Camino, and No. 10 East Los Angeles. An amazing eight of the top 10 region teams are from the SCC.
Against Chaffey, Sislian scored on a volley shot inside the box. Sislian, the 2017 Glendale News Press Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year from Glendale's Hoover High, received a deflection from Marlon Flores and scored his first collegiate goal.
On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Lancers host a very tough East Los Angeles team in a 2 p.m. conference start at Robinson Stadium.