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ABOVE: Palomar's Analisa Manzo controls the ball against Southwestern in the Comets' 2-1 victory on Friday at Minkoff Field. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Ranchel Stahl, who scored the winning goal in the 65th minute. BELOW RIGHT: Valentina Zito, who had seven saves in goal for the Comets

Stahl's 2nd-half goal defeats Southwestern

SAN MARCOS (9-12-2014) -- Rachel Stahl's goal in the 65th minute on Friday lifted Palomar to a 2-1 victory over Southwestern in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game at Minkoff Field.

Stahl broke a 1-1 halftime tie as coach Hector Hernandez' Comets upped their overall record to 2-1-1.

Kiatlyn Crone scored on a penalty shot in the 30th minute to put Palomar on top 1-0. Southwestern (1-3-1) tied the game in the 45th minute.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito contributed seven saves for the Comets.

PCAC cross-division games count as non-confernce games. Palomar plays in the PCAC's Northern Division. Southwestern plays in the Southern Division.

Palomar will play its first road game next Wednesday at 4 p.m. when the Comets visit Santa Ana College.

Crone's hat trick leads way as PC busts loose

SAN MARCOS (9-09-2014) -- Palomar broke out of a scoreless funk in women's soccer on Tuesday at Minkoff Field as Kaitlyn Crone (left), a sophomore midfielder from Tracy, CA, led the Comets to a 7-0 non-conference rout of visiting El Camino Compton Center with a hat trick and an assist.

It was the Comets first victory after a 0-0 tie and a 2-0 loss.

Rachel Stahl, who finished with a goal and an assist, gave Palomar a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when she headed in an assist from Crone on a corner kick. Crone then scored unassisted goals in the 19th and 28th minute and added third goal off goalkeeper Valentina Zito's punt that went for an assist, bringing the score to Comets 4, Tarters 0 in the 38th minute. Denisse Ponce's unassisted goal in the 43rd minute made it 5-0 at the half.

The Comets tacked on a pair of second-half goals by Carmen Hernandez (assisted by Stahl) in the 62nd minute and Renee Old (unassisted) in the 88th minute.

Zito recorded four saves as she contributed her second shutout of the season.

Palomar evened its record at 1-1-1. El Camino Compton Center falls to 2-3.

Hornets buzz into town and sting Comets 2-0

SAN MARCOS (9-02-2014) -- Visiting Fullerton College notched its second victory over a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team in five days on Tuesday afternoon, shutting out Palomar 2-0 at Minkoff Field.

Natalie Vasco scored both goals for the Hornets, in the 49th minute and 67th minute.

The Comets' Valentina Zito turned in her second straight strong appearance in goal, recording 10 saves. Klarissa Flores had eight saves in goal for Fullerton.

The Hornets, who defeated Grossmont 3-1 on Friday, advanced to 2-0 on the season. The Comets are 0-1-1.

Palomar goalkeeper Valentina Zito blocks a penalty kick in the Comets' 0-0 season-opening tie with Irvine Valley on Thursday at Minkoff Field. Zito, a freshman who played for the Hackensack High School Comets in Hackensack, N.J., had 13 saves. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Zito's 13-save shutout nets PC a scoreless tie

SAN MARCOS (8-28-2014) -- Valentina Zito, Palomar's freshman goalkeeper from Hackensack High School in New Jersey, shut out visiting Irvine Valley on Thursday as the teams battled to a 0-0 non-conference tie at Minkoff Field.

Zito recorded 13 saves. She blocked a penalty kick after a hand-ball foul at Palomar's end in the 31st minute.

The Lasers' goalkeeper had three saves.

Palomar will be back in action on Tuesday when the Comets host Fullerton in another non-conference matchup at 4 p.m.

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Analisa Manzo's header of a corner kick gave Palomar its second goal of the game in a 4-0 victory over visiting Imperial Valley in the final game of the 2013 season at Minkoff Field. Manzo returns for her sophomore season in 2014.                                                                                                                                               

Palomar will open with first 4 games at home

SAN MARCOS (8-11-2014) -- Coach Hector Hernandez' Palomar women's soccer team will put a disappointing 2013 season behind it when the Comets open their 2014 schedule with four straight home games at Minkoff Field.

The Comets will play host to Irvine Valley at 3 p.m. on Aug. 28, Fullerton at 4 p.m. on Sept. 2, El Camino Compton Center at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9 and Southwestern in their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division opener at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 12.

The regular season will run through Nov. 14.

 

 

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