By STEVE CHOICE
The Pima Community College women’s soccer team got back in the win column against Glendale Community College on Sept. 25, snapping a four-game losing streak in the process.
The Aztecs’ 3-1 triumph marked the first time they’d tasted victory since downing GateWay Community College on Sept. 8.
Freshman midfielder Kathy Fisher scored a pair of goals for Pima, and freshman Vanessa Moraida got one of her own. Sophomore Ivonne Herrera had two assists, while freshman Ashley Estrada added another.
Sophomore goalkeeper Erika Heredia made five stops in net for PCC.
The Aztecs fell 2-1 in overtime against Scottsdale Community College on Sept. 22, marking the end of their four-game skid.
Estrada found the back of the net for Pima, and Fisher had an assist. Heredia finished with 14 saves.
The squad outshot Mesa Community College 17-6 at home on Sept. 20, but still dropped a 3-0 decision to the Thunderbirds.
On Sept. 13, Pima struck early in its home contest against Phoenix College, but couldn’t hold on to the lead. The Bears struck twice to hand PCC a 2-1 defeat.
Fisher got the Aztecs on the scoreboard 40 seconds into the game, while freshman Daisy Gallardo contributed an assist.
Despite the rough patch, the team remains in the hunt for postseason play and continues to strive toward its goals.
“We have a lot of talent, and we’re working hard,” said Herrera, a Nogales native. “It’s been hard losing these games, but I believe in the girls.”
Not only has the team had a difficult time getting victories recently, but some of the play on the field has been rough, too.
Freshman defender Miranda Smith can attest to that after a Phoenix player sent her sprawling to the turf with a hard elbow.
Smith stayed down for a couple of minutes, but was soon back on her feet and challenging opposing forwards in her half of the field.
“It was a rough game, but we held up pretty well,” said Smith, shrugging off the encounter. “We knew they’d be a tough team physically, so it wasn’t a surprise.”
Herrera also sounded undaunted by the challenges facing the team.
“We’re going to keep playing, and we’re going to get the next one,” she said. “It’s a learning experience for us. We’ll get there.”
Smith echoed her captain’s tone.
“These losses have lit a fire under us,” she said. “We know we have to step it up.
“No one wants to lose, and we know exactly what we have to do for our upcoming games now.”
Sept. 27: Chandler-Gilbert CC, West Campus, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 29: Cochise College, West Campus, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 2: @ South Mountain CC, Phoenix, 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 6: GateWay CC, West Campus, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 9: Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 3:30 p.m.