Men’s Soccer: Rio Hondo closes season with loss at SCC tournament

Men’s Soccer: Rio Hondo closes season with loss at SCC tournament

A difficult 2019 season for the Rio Hondo College men's soccer team came to a end on Friday after the No. 8-seeded Roadrunners suffered a 2-1 loss to No. 7 Pasadena City College in the fifth-place game of the South Coast Conference Championship tournament in Torrance.

At the SCC tournament, the Roadrunners opened the event with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded Mt. San Antonio College and advanced with a 1-0 victory at Long Beach City College.

The Roadrunners fell behind early in Friday's contest, as the Lancers got a goal in the 25th minute from Andres Velasquez. PCC held the 1-0 lead all the way until the 79th minute. After a foul inside the box, Stefano Panebianco nailed converted a penalty kick goal to give the Roadrunners the equalizer.

But just moments before the final whistle, Pasadena got the game-winner in the fifth minute of added time as Martin Manzanilla headed in a cross pass from Favian Esparza.

Rio Hondo outshot Pasadena 15-11 in the contest but six saves by PCC goalkeeper Steven Sandoval proved to be the difference. Jafet Salgado was credited with one save in goal for the Roadrunners.

The Roadrunners snapped a seven-game winless streak with its 1-0 shutout over Long Beach in a second-round contest at LBCC on Tuesday. Jose Penaloza scored the contest's lone goal in the 65th minute off the assist from Havier Zaragoza.

Salgado posted one save while the Rio Hondo defense also came up with a huge save at the goal line to deny the Vikings.

Rio Hondo had a difficult time in its contest against No. 1 nationally-ranked Mt. SAC in the tournament-opener last Friday. The Mounties went ahead 1-0 on a goal by Herminio Padilla in the 29th minute and got second-half goals from Angel Santoyo (54th) and Paul Inguez (56th) to close out their win.

Salgado was credited with five saves in the loss.

Rio Hondo closed out the 2019 season with a 6-11-5 overall record and went 1-4-3 in South Coast Conference action. The Roadrunners will miss the Southern California Regional Playoffs for the first time since 2014.