Athletes named All-American

Pima Community College athletes  continued to win accolades in December.

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Shannon Shields (Photos courtesy of PCC)

Women’s soccer player Shannon Shields, a sophomore forward, was named first team NJCAA All-American. She was also named to the Second Team of the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire Junior College Women’s Division I All-American list when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America released its All-American teams.

Shields helped lead the Aztecs to a Region I, Division I championship and a trip to the NJCAA national tournament. The women’s soccer team finished with a 16-6-2 overall record and an 11-0-1 record at home.

Shields was named ACCAC Division I Player of the Year and First Team All-ACCAC Conference. She played and started in 23 of the 24 games this season, and led the team in points (50) and goals scored (21) and also had eight assists on the year.

In other women’s soccer news, sophomore midfielder Sarah Dunbar and sophomore forward Rachel Ridlinghafer were selected to the Junior College Division I All-West Region team. Dunbar and Ridlinghafer both earned Second Team All-ACCAC/Region I in October.

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Arturo Vega

Men’s soccer player Arturo Vega, a sophomore midfielder, was named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire Junior College Men’s Division I First Team, and selected First Team for the Junior College Division I All-West Region. He was earlier named a second team NJCAA All-American

Vega was ACCAC Conference Player of the Year and named to the First Team All-ACCAC. He helped lead the Aztecs to the NJCAA national tournament after Pima posted a 21-5-1 season. Vega started in all 27 games and scored nine goals. He led the team in points (25) and assists (seven).

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Kaysee Pilgrim

Volleyball player Kaysee Pilgrim, a sophomore middle blocker, was named to the honorable mention team. She led the Aztecs with 261 kills, 96 blocks and 324.5 points, and was named First-Team All-ACCAC Conference and selected to the All-Region I, Division II team.

Pilgrim helped Pima to a 16-15 overall record and its best finish in program history at the Region I, Division II tournament. The Aztecs took second place behind Glendale Community College, the eventual NJCAA Division II national champion.

-Compiled from press releases

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