2015 Season ...
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
MARCOS (11-13-2013) -- If Friday the 13th really is bad
luck, Palomar's women's soccer team will never by in.
Comets ended their 2015 season on a huge up note on Friday
afternoon, turning back rival MiraCosta 1-0 at Minkoff Field.
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.
victory avenged an earlier loss to MiraCosta for the Comets, who
will have bragging rights to take into the off-season.
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
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
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
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.
After two wins, PC falls to PCAC's 1-2 teams
SAN MARCOS (10-30-2015) / MENIFEE
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Samantha Swanson, who scored the other two goals for Palomar.
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
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
Zito's 13 stops can't 'save' Comets in 1-0 loss
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
The Comets are 5-7-2 on the year, 2-3-1
in the PCAC.
Palomar spreads goals around in 3-1 victory
(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
Comets blow out short-handed Cuyamaca 7-1
(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.
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
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
(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.