2015 Season ...
Busby's goal lifts Comets to win over G-House
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
(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
Valentina Zito had 15 saves in goal for
Zito honored, then Comets lose 1-0 to Eagles
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
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
Comets battle No 2 Jets to tie in North
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
Goalkeeper Valentina Zito, the state saves leader, shut out El Camino
Compton Center and
Regina Deanda (right) scored two
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
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
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
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
physical victory over Palomar
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Palomar finished the season at .500
overall with a 9-9-2 record. The Comets were 2-6 in the Northern
Manzo scores 2 goals and PC blanks IVC 7-0
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.
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
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
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
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.