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2015 Season ...

ABOVE: The Comets' Yuli Chamu (No. 17) fights MiraCosta's Rachel Hay for the ball in Palomar's 1-0 victory at Minkoff Field on Friday. Chamu left the game shortly after with a torn ACL. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Grace Busby, who had the only goal of the day as the Comets defeated the rival Spartans 1-0. BELOW RIGHT: Goalkeeper Valentina Zito, who shut out MiraCosta with six saves in the final game of her sophomore season

Busby, Zito lift Palomar over MiraCosta 1-0

SAN MARCOS (11-13-2013) -- If Friday the 13th really is bad luck, Palomar's women's soccer team will never by in.

The Comets ended their 2015 season on a huge up note on Friday afternoon, turning back rival MiraCosta 1-0 at Minkoff Field.

Grace Busby scored the only goal of the day for Palomar, while goalkeeper Valentina Zito shut out the Spartans while recording six saves in the final game of her sophomore season.

The victory avenged an earlier loss to MiraCosta for the Comets, who will have bragging rights to take into the off-season.

In the second game of a doubleheader, Palomar's men's team also defeated MiraCosta, with its win coming by a 2-1 score.

Comets lose 2-1 to G-House in next-to-last game

EL CAJON (11-10-2015) -- Palomar dropped its next-to-last game of the season in women's soccer on Tuesday, dropping a 2-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North decision to Grossmont at Roth-Mashburn Field.

Grace Busby scored the Comets' goal. Goalkeeper Valentina Zito had five saves.

Palomar (8-10-2, 2-6-1 in the PCAC North) will close out its schedule on Friday at 1 p.m. at Minkoff Field against MiraCosta.

Palomar goes on road and beats IVC again 9-0

IMPERIAL  (11-06-2015) -- Palomar defeated Imperial Valley in women's soccer for the second time this season on Friday, going on the road and winning a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game 9-0.

The Comets (8-9-2 overall) got one goal each from Samantha Swanson, Lydia Ayala, Alexis Tietjan, Jillian Skinner, Brittany Small, Justine Miranda, regular goalkeeper Valentina Zito and Yuli Chamu.

Ayala (above left) played in the goal and had three saves.

The Comets have two games remaining in the season, on Tuesday at Grossmont and Friday at home vs. MiraCosta.

After two wins, PC falls to PCAC's 1-2 teams

SAN MARCOS (10-30-2015) / MENIFEE (11-03-2015) -- After outscoring Southwestern and Imperial Valley by a combined 12-1 in its two previous games to reach .500 on the season, Palomar's women's soccer team has run into back-to-back brick walls.

 Facing the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division's first- and second-place teams, the Comets suffered back-to-back shutouts and are now 7-9-2 with three games left in the season.

On Friday, state No. 4-ranked San Diego Miramar, a team Palomar held to a 1-1 tie in the first round of conference play, came to Minkoff Field and blanked the Comets 6-0.

Then, on Tuesday, Palomar was again shut out, this time on the road by second-place Mt. San Jacinto 4-0. Valentino Zito had four saves against the Eagles.

The Comets (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-1 in the PCAC North) still can finish over .500 for the season by beating Imperial Valley, Grossmont and MiraCosta in their final three games.

Odalis Sanchez, a freshman midfielder out of San Marcos High School, maneuvers around Imperial Valley's Yaralyn Hernandez (No. 4) to score Palomar's second goal against IVC goalkeeper Daylene Villasenor at Minkoff Field on Tuesday. The Comets won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game 9-0. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar dominates IVC to even season record

SAN MARCOS (10-27-2015) -- Palomar scored early and often to dominate winless Imperial Valley 9-0 in Tuesday afternoon's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer game at Minkoff Field.

The Comets evened their season record at 7-7-2, while the Arabs slipped to 0-14. Cross-division games count as non-conference games in the PCAC.

Freshmen accounted for all the scoring for Palomar. Odalis Sanchez, Rosa Valdovinos and Grace Busby scored two goals apiece. Melina Heredia, Jillian Skinner and Yuli Chamu each added a goal. The Comets led 3-0 after the game's first six minutes.

The Comets' defense kept the Arabs away from the Palomar goal all afternoon long. Goalie Valentina Zito, the state community college saves leader, contributed two saves during a lonely afternoon in the box.

ABOVE: Grace Busby scores her 11th goal of the season for the Comets in their 3-1 victory over visiting Southwestern on Friday. The Jaguars' Graciela Rangel (No. 3) was red-carded moments later after running into Busby. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Samantha Swanson, who scored the other two goals for Palomar. BELOW RIGHT: Goalkeeper Valentina Zito, who had 10 saves and continues to lead the state with 143 on the season.

Swanson's two goals helps lift Comets to win

SAN MARCOS (10-23-2015) -- Samantha Swanson (left)scored two goals on Friday afternoon as Palomar defeated Southwestern in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game at Minkoff Field.

Coach Hector Hernandez' Comets also received a goal from Grace Busby, the 11th on the season for their leading scorer.

California community college leader leader Valentina Zito (right) contributed 10 saves, giving her 143 on the year, 17 more than Patty Lindsay from College of Marin in the San Francisco Bay area who is second in the state in saves.

Zito's 13 stops can't 'save' Comets in 1-0 loss

SAN DIEGO (10-20-2015) -- Goalkeeper Valentina Zito notched 13 saves on Tuesday night, but San Diego Mesa handed the Palomar women's soccer team a 1-0 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference loss under the lights at Merrill Douglas Stadium.

The Comets are 5-7-2 on the year, 2-3-1 in the PCAC.

Palomar spreads goals around in 3-1 victory

SAN DIEGO (10-16-2015) -- Visiting Palomar defeated San Diego City College 3-1 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer game on Friday.

Melina Heredia, Yuli Chamu and Grace Busby scored goals for the Comets, who upped their record to to 5-6-2 overall (6-5-2 on the field) and 2-2-1 in the PCAC. Palomar has won three of its last four games.

Valentina Zito contributed six saves.

Comets blow out short-handed Cuyamaca 7-1

SAN MARCOS (10-13-2015) -- Palomar got two goals each from Lydia Ayala (left) and Melina Heredia (right) on Tuesday at Minkoff Field as the Comets destroyed a short-handed Cuyamaca side 7-1 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game.

Regina Deanda, Yuli Chamu and Grace Busby added one goal apiece.

State saves leader Valentina Zito had four saves in goal.

Cross-overs count as non-conference games in the PCAC. The Comets went to 4-6-2 overall.

Palomar is defeated to rival on the road 3-0

OCEANSIDE (10-09-2015) -- Palomar dropped a 3-0 decision to rival MiraCosta in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division game on Friday.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito had eight saves for the Comets.

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 win 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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