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2015 Season ...

Busby's goal lifts Comets to win over G-House

SAN MARCOS (10-06-2015) -- Grace Busby (left) scored the game's only goal in the eighth minute on Tuesday as the Palomar women's soccer team downed Grossmont 1-0 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division game at Minkoff Field.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito shut out the Griffins, recording 12 saves.

Zito leads the state with 102 saves. The sophomore from Hackensack, New Jersey is 32 saves ahead of the No. 2 player on the state community college leaders list.

Palomar is 1-1-1 in the PCAC North and 3-5-1 on the season (4-4-2 on the field not counting a forfeit).

San Bernardino Valley gets shutout vs. PC

SAN MARCOS (10-2-2015) -- Palomar fell 6-0 to San Bernardino Valley, which may be joining the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in 2016-17, in non-conference women's soccer on Friday.

Valentina Zito had 15 saves in goal for the Comets.

Zito honored, then Comets lose 1-0 to Eagles

SAN DIEGO (9-28-2015) / SAN MARCOS (9-29-2015) -- Valentina Zito, the Palomar goalkeeper whose 15 saves lifted the Comets to a 1-1 tie with Southern California No .2 San Diego Miramar last Friday night, was honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports on Monday.

Zito (left), a sophomore from Hackensack High School in Hackensack, New Jersey, leads the state in saves, and she came right back with 10 more on Tuesday but the Comets dropped a 1-0 PCAC Northern Division heartbreaker to visiting Mt. San Jacinto at Minkoff Field.

 Riley Ludwig recorded seven saves for Mt. San Jac as the Eagles (6-1) ran their winning streak to five. Ashley Ganley scored the only goal of the game in the 44th minutes off Gabriella Chaname's assist. Palomar fell to 2-4-2 on the season (3-3-2 on the field prior to a forfeit loss) and is 0-1-1 in the PCAC loss. It was the conference opener for Mt. San Jacinto.

Comets battle No 2 Jets to tie in North opener 

SAN DIEGO (9-29-2015) -- Coach Hector Hernsandez's Palomar women's soccer team opened Pacific Coast Athletic  Conference Northern Division play with a 1-1 tie against San Diego Miramar.

The Jets came into the game at Hourglass Park with the No. 2 power ranking among Southern California community college teams.

Grace Busby (left) scored the Palomar goal.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito (right) recorded 15 saves for the Comets. Zito leads the state in saves.

Comets forfeit 5-0 win over El Camino-Compton

COMPTON (9-22-2015) -- Goalkeeper Valentina Zito, the state saves leader, shut out El Camino Compton Center and Regina Deanda (right) scored two goals on Tuesday as visiting Palomar pinned a 5-0 non-conference loss on the Tartars.

Palomar's defense allowed Compton Center (formerly Compton College) only three shots on goal and Zito recorded saves on all three of them.

Coach Hector Hernandez's Comets took a 3-0 lead in a five-minute span in the first half, scoring in the 30th, 33rd and 35th minute.

The Comets, who peppered goalkeeper Dayana Orozco with 17 shots on goal, also got a goal and an assist from Grace Busby, a goal from Melina Heredia and an assist from Lydia Ayala.

Palomar advanced to 3-2-1 on the season. El Camino Compton Center is 0-5-1.

Busby, Swanson combine for 4 goals in win

SAN MARCOS (9-18-2015) --  Grace Busby (left) and Samantha Swason (right) each scored two goals on Friday as Palomar evened its women's soccer record at 2-2-1 by defeating College of the Desert 4-2.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito, the returning state community college leader, added 10 more saves for coach Hector Hernandez's Comets in the non-conference game played at Palomar's Minkoff Field..

Palomar will open its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division schedule next Friday with a 7 p.m. road game against traditional state power San Diego Miramar at Hourglass Field in San Diego.

Zito gets shutout, 15 saves in 0-0 tie with Jags

CHULA VISTA (9-16-2015) -- Palomar battled to a 0-0 women's soccer tie with Southwestern College under the lights Tuesday at the Jaguars' DeVore Stadium.

Valentina Zito (left), the Comets' goalkeeper, recorded 15 saves during the defensive struggle.

The result of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game leaves Palomar with a 1-2-1 season record.

Southwestern has a 0-3-2 record. Cross-division games in the PCAC count as non-conference games for member colleges.

It appears Santa Ana's goalkeeper grabs Palomar's Grace Busby's left foot during Tuesday's game. Busby hit the ground, but there was no call on the play. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Visitors 'grab' physical victory over Palomar 

SAN MARCOS (9-08-2015) -- In a physical battle in which players felt they were tripped and held, visiting Santa Ana College took home a 1-0 non-conference win over Palomar's women's soccer team on Tuesday at Minkoff Field.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito, last year's state community college saves leader, made 12 saves for the Comets.

Palomar is 1-2 going into it Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division opener against Southwestern next Wednesday at Southwestern.

Busby, Zito help lead PC in its home debut

SAN MARCOS (9-04-2015) -- Palomar won its home opener in women's soccer on Friday, defeating Fullerton 4-1 in a non-conference match-up at Minkoff Field as Grace Busby and Valentina Zito (left) led the way.

Busby contributed a hat trick for coach Hector Hernandez' Comets. Zito, Palomar's sophomore goalkeeper who led the state in saves last season, had 13 saves.

Melinda Heredia scored the other Palomar goal. Jillian Skinner and Brittany Small had assists.

Lasers win defensive battle in women's opener

IRVINE (9-01-2015) -- Visiting Palomar played tough defense but dropped a 2-0 non-conference decision to Irvine Valley in its women's soccer season opener on Tuesday.

The Lasers scored goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes before Palomar goalkeeper Valentina Zito shut them out over the final 67 minutes.

Zito notched 12 saves for the Comets. Palomar managed only four shots on goal over the course of the afternoon.

Irvine Valley upped its record to 2-0 on the season. The Lasers shut out MiraCosta 3-0 on Friday.

Palomar will kick off season schedule Tuesday

SAN MARCOS (8-31-2015) -- Coach Hector Hernandez' Palomar women's soccer team will kick off the 2015 season on Tuesday, Sept. 1 when the Comets travel to Irvine Valley for a 3 p.m. non-conference game.

The Comets will begin Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division play on Sept. 25 when they travel to Hourglass Field in San Diego to face defending champion San Diego Miramar in a 7 p.m. match-up.

They'll play 21 games during the regular season.

Palomar went 9-9-2 last season. Goalkeeper Valentina Zito, a freshman from Hackensack High School in Hackensack, New Jersey, recorded seven shutouts on the year to lead the state..

2014 Season ...

Crone's hat trick wins season finale for PC

SAN MARCOS (11-14-2014) -- Kiatlyn Crone's three-goal outburst lifted the Palomar women's soccer team to a 5-3 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division victory over Grossmont on Friday at Minkoff Field in its final game of the season.

Crone (left) scored in the eighth, 26th and 33rd minutes to give the Comets a 3-1 lead they never relinquished. The other Palmar goals were scored by Rachel Stahl and Viviana Meza.

Valentina Zito had three saves in the goal.

Palomar finished the season at .500 overall with a 9-9-2 record. The Comets were 2-6 in the Northern Division.

Manzo scores 2 goals and PC blanks IVC 7-0

SAN MARCOS (11-11-2014) -- The Palomar women's soccer team rolled to a 7-0 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division victory over a short-handed Imperial Valley side on Tuesday at Minkoff Field as Analisa Manzo (left) scored goals in the 16th and 74th minutes.

 Brenda Magadan had a goal and an assist for the Comets. Renee Old scored the games' first goal in the 16th minute, and Denisse Ponce, Alexis Tietjen and Justine Miranda also tallied goals.

Valantna Zito recorded her seventh shutout of the season in goal, playing the entire 90 minutes, but IVC never advanced the ball past midfield and Zito had no assists.

Palomar (8-9-2) can finish the season with a .500 overall record in the Comets win their last game on Friday at 1 p.m. at Minkoff Field against Grossmont in a PCAC Northern Division match-up.

Zito gets 6th shutout; Comets beat Coyotes

SAN MARCOS (11-04-2014) -- Goalkeeper Valentina Zito recorded her sixth shutout of the season on Tuesday as the Palomar women's soccer team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Cuyamaca at Minkoff Field.

Zito, the state saves leader, added seven more to her total.

Kaitlyn Crone (left) scored the Comets' first goal off Renee Old's assist. Rachel Stahl (right) tallied the second goal off Analisa Manzo's assist.

Palomar is 7-8-2 on the season. The cross-division game does not count in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference standings, as the Comets play in the Northern Division and the Coyotes are members of the Southern Division.

 State leader Zito selected as Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (11-03-2004) -- Palomar's Valentina Zito, the Comets' freshman goalkeeper from Hackensack High School in New Jersey, has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week.

Zito leads the state in saves with 153, 13 saves ahead of No. 2 Graciela Frias from Norco.

Last week, Zito recorded six saves against San Diego Mesa and 13 saves in a loss to Mt. San Jacinto as her team was shut out twice. She recorded five shutouts earlier in the season before the Comets went into a tailspin and dropped under .500, due largely to a lack of scoring punch.


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