MEN’S SOCCER: Team battles through injuries

By CALEB FOSTER

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (12-3-1) showed depth and perseverance after  battling through injuries suffered in an Oct.2 game.

The Aztecs shut out Scottsdale Community College on Oct. 11 with a 2-0 win. The win marked their eighth shutout of the season and the second time they have beat Scottsdale.

Freshman Alejandro Gonzalez scored for the Aztecs in the first half off an assist from fellow freshman Robert Gorman.

After the half, freshman Sadam Ali added to the lead with an assist from freshman Osvaldo Varela.

Freshman goalkeeper Sam Kavathas had three saves during the game.

Pima completed a 4-3 comeback win on the road Oct. 9 against Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

The Aztecs were behind 1-2 going into the second half, with their lone goal coming from Gonzalez off a penalty kick.

Freshman Alex Rojo scored next for the Aztecs off an assist from sophomore Garrett Andreatta.

Andreatta scored the third goal for Pima with sophomore Arturo Vega in on the assist.

Freshman Gabe Zepp stepped up for the Aztecs late in the game where they found themselves in a 3-3 tie. Zepp scored the winning goal off an assist from freshman Ryan Bristow in the 82nd minute.

Despite being down two key players, the Aztecs upset No. 11 Glendale CC on Oct. 7 with a blowout 3-0 win.

Freshman Emilio Villatoro scored first for the Aztecs in the 33rd minute off the back of a defender to give the Aztecs a 1-0 lead going into the half.

Vega scored next for the Aztecs off of an assist from sophomore Christian Cabello in the 51st minute. Gorman scored the last goal in the 76th minute.

The Aztecs ended with seven shots on goal and with three saves from Kavathas.

“Glendale is obviously one of the top teams in the conference,” head coach Dave Cosgrove said. “There’s no way anyone would have expected us to win 3-0.”

The Aztecs fell to Phoenix College 5-1 on Oct. 2 in their worst loss of the season.

Pima found the net early when Zepp scored in the 7th minute off an assist from Gonzalez.

Phoenix answered by scoring three goals in the first half and adding another two in the second. The Aztecs gave up the most points in a game this season. Phoenix outshot Pima 10-8. Kavathas finished with three saves.

ON DECK

Oct. 16: Paradise Valley CC, Kino North, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 18: Yavapai College, Kino North, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 23: @ Mesa CC, Mesa, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 25: GateWay CC, Kino North, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: @ NJCAA Region 1 Quarter Finals

Oct. 30: @ NJCAA Region 1 Semi-Finals

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Freshman Gabe Zepp battles for possesion against a Scottsdale CC defender on Oct. 11. (Caleb Foster/Aztec Press.)

 

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