Men's Soccer Edges Compton, 2-1

Lancer Joshua Moran heads this ball during Tuesday's game at Robinson Stadium, photo by Richard Quinton.
Lancer Joshua Moran heads this ball during Tuesday's game at Robinson Stadium, photo by Richard Quinton.

Romio Sislian deked past two Compton defenders and darted around the goalie to knock in the game-winning goal with eight minutes left, lifting the Pasadena City College men's soccer team over the Tartars, 2-1, Tuesday at Robinson Stadium.

David Vasquez-Mena assisted on both PCC goals and sent a lead pass to Sislian on the winner. PCC held a 1-0 lead for 51 minutes until Compton's Jaime Menendez headed in a cross by Jose Rodriguez for the tying goal in the 77th minute. But Sislian would answer only five minutes later to regain the Lancers edge.

PCC stopped a 3-game losing streak and improved to 5-6-1. Compton dropped to 2-8-2 in the South Coast Conference crossover contest (does not count toward conference record). PCC is 1-3 in SCC North Division play. 

Pasadena controlled most of the first half. In the 26th minute, the Lancers took a 1-0 lead when Joshua Moran placed a ball from midfield to Vasquez-Mena who directed it to an on-rushing Anthony Jimenez. The talented sophomore forward then ripped a shot as he entered the box from the right side. It was Jimenez' team-leading sixth goal.

PCC goalie Steven Sandoval made nine saves, including a diving stop on a shot by Felipe Cisneros in the 49th minute. He also tipped away a header in the 89th minute. Maybe one of the key defensive plays was made by Vasquez-Mena in the 90th minute as he blocked Sedale Butler's attempt from the center of the goalie box. 

Sislian was robbed of a goal in the 53rd minute on a free kick from the 15-yard line on a diving stop by Compton goalie Jaime Serna. Important defense was played by Moran, Bryan Garcia, Christopher Munoz and Edson Pulido, who kept the rebounds at a minimum with drive outs and kept the ball moving toward the Compton side of the field. Vasquez-Mena, Jimenez, Sislian and Santana Nunez frequently set up scoring chances with smart passes and quality shots.

The Lancers next play at powerful Cerritos College, the nations' No. 1-ranked community college team, on Friday, Oct. 19 in a SCC crossover at 4 p.m.