By John M. Sherrard
(PASADENA) With time running out in a tie game, Mt. SAC freshman forward Joel Martin took a perfect cross from midfielder Juan Sanchez, who had a free kick, and headed home the winning goal in stoppage time (92nd minute) for a 3-2 win over Pasadena City College Friday afternoon at Robinson field.
The final whistle blew just a minute after the go-ahead goal by Martin keeping the Mounties undefeated in the South Coast Conference North with a 4-0-1 record and 13-2-1 overall record.
Just two minutes prior to stoppage time and the Mounties leading 2-1, the Lancers tied the game, 2-2, on a penalty kick setting up the dramatic ending.
"All of the goals came off of set plays and were well executed," Mt. SAC coach Juan Sanchez said.
Mt. SAC, which remains No. 3 in the state CCCSCA rankings, enters the final two weeks of the season with hopes of a fifth state championship.
Mt. SAC took eight shots in the game, four of which were on goal, while PCC took almost twice as much on Mounties freshman goal keeper Edwyn Gutierrez at 15 shots (7 saves) with nine on goal.
Sanchez got the scoring started with a goal in the 7th minute after a throw-in and a flick to the far post where he put the ball in the net.
PCC tied the game at 1-1 in the 40th minute on a one-timer.
The Mounties re-grabbed the lead in the second half, after a defensive stand by both teams.
In the 70th minute PCC was called for a foul in the box and sophomore Michael Flores put home the PK for the 2-1 lead.
"That (PK) was a well-placed kick by Michael to the right side," Sanchez said.
Mt. SAC will travel to L.A. Harbor on Tuesday for a 4:00 p.m. game.