MEN’S SOCCER: Forceful play gives Aztecs winning record

By CALEB FOSTER

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team can be summed up in one word: aggressive.

The Aztecs have started the season with a 5-1-1 record, in large part by playing aggressively on both offense and defense.

With a 6-1 victory over Paradise Valley Community College on Sept. 13, the Aztecs showed they can be efficient on the road.

Pima took a 2-1 lead into halftime, but got things rolling in the second half.

The Aztecs had 13 shots on goal, and six different players scored. The goals came from sophomores Garrett Andreatta and Arturo Vega, and from freshmen Hector Banegas, Santiago Carrillo, Christian Chavira and Sadam Ali. Vega also had an assist.

Freshman goalkeeper Sam Kavathas ended the game with three saves.

On Sept. 11, the Aztecs beat Scottsdale Community College 3-0 at home to earn their third shutout of the season.

Sophomore Christian Garcia-Cabello scored in the fifth minute off a cross-pass from Vega to start a game that seemed all offense for the Aztecs.

Freshman Gabe Zepp netted a goal off a rebound in the 17th minute, and Carrillo scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute.

The Aztecs outshot Scottsdale 11-5 and didn’t surrender a shot on goal in the second half.

A first-half breakdown by Pima’s defense gave Scottsdale its best scoring opportunity.

“We don’t make many mistakes but when we do it’s a big one,” head coach Dave Cosgrove said.

Kavathas earned one his three saves on the play.

There was no shortage of collisions in a Sept. 6 game against Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The Aztecs were down 2-1 at halftime, but battled back to end the game in a 2-2 tie.

Vega scored the first Aztec goal in the 20th minute from a free kick. Freshman Ryan Bristow scored the tying goal in the 59th minute off a cross-pass from freshman Emilio Villatoro.

Kavathas made a crucial stop on a penalty kick that could have been a deciding factor. He finished the game with five saves.

Cosgrove said he was happy with how his team was able to battle back from its 2-1 halftime deficit.

The Aztecs were handed their first loss of the season by Glendale Community College on Sept. 4.

Freshman Alejandro Gonzalez tied the game at 1-1 just before the half.  Glendale scored two unanswered goals to finish the game with a 3-1 win.

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Freshman Alejandro Gonzalez kicks the ball past several Scottsdale Community College defenders for a shot on goal on Sept. 11. (Eduardo Caldera/Aztec Press)

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