SOCCER: ACCAC recognizes PCC players and coach

by AUDRIE FORD

Women’s Soccer:

Pima Community College women’s soccer team (17-1-2, 17-1-2 in ACCAC) secured the number 1 seed for the Region I, Division I tournament after defeating Glendale Community College 5-0, on Oct. 24. This game also marked the Aztec’s twelfth shutout of the season.

In the game against Glendale, freshman Destiny Jones put the Aztecs on the board. She was followed by a goal from fellow freshman Shania Pablo.

Sophomore Brandi Park made a goal off of a penalty kick and fellow sophomore Devyn Hunley set the game at 4-0 with a goal soon after.

The final goal of the game was Jones’ second goal. Freshman goalkeeper Daniela Sanchez finished the game with four saves.

Several Pima players were recognized at the ACCAC awards. Hunley, Park and Sanchez, were selected First Team All-ACCAC/Region I. Freshman defender Sierra Heredia was named to the All-ACCAC/Region I Honorable Mention team.

Coach Kendra Veliz was named ACCAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. Veliz boasts an impressive career, having led her teams to an undefeated record at home since they moved to the Kino Sports Complex.

The Aztecs had another shutout victory on Oct. 22, against GateWay Community College, 4-0.

Park pulled a hat trick, scoring three goals, two of them on penalty kicks and a third goal to secure the win.

The Aztecs defeated Cochise College 2-0 on Oct. 17, marking their 10th win in their last 12 games.

PCC earned their ninth shutout of the season against Cochise. Hunley put the Aztec’s on the board in the first half while sophomore Callen Shelton ensured the Aztec’s victory with a goal in the second.

While the Aztecs took 12 shots, Cochise  did not take a single attempt at a goal.

Because they are the top seeded team, the Aztecs receive a bye and will host the Region I, Division I semifinal game at Kino North stadium on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. They’ll play the winner of the game between No. 5 Arizona Western College and No. 4 Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Men’s Soccer:

On Oct. 26, Pima’s men’s soccer (17-2-2, 17-2-2 in ACCAC) won their quarterfinals match against Mesa Community College. The match was a 3-0 shutout game, with sophomore Jason Romero pulling yet another hat trick, scoring all three goals for the win.

Romero was also named ACCAC player of the year on Oct. 26. Throughout the season he scored 24 goals with eight assists and finished with 56 points during the regular season. Romero was second in the conference and fifth in the nation in goals scored.

This award marks the second consecutive year that the Pima men’s soccer team had a player named Player of the Year.

The team remains optimistic as they move into the playoffs. “We finished 9-0-1 at home and that’s never been done in the history of our program,” Pima coach David Cosgrove said. “The guys also locked up a home playoff game. These are great accomplishments but we talked about setting bigger goals for ourselves.”

The men finished the regular season undefeated at home, with five shutout games.

In their final regular season game, Pima secured their third straight shutout against Glendale Community College, 2-0, on Oct. 24.

Coming off a loss from Yavapai, the Aztecs recovered with a shutout win on Oct. 20 against Mesa Community College, 4-0.

Freshman Kyle VanAlstine put Pima on the board early on an assist from freshman Lorenzo Rodriguez, who then scored a goal of his own. Romero scored two goals of his own.

The Aztec’s defense held Mesa without a single shot on goal. This game marked Pima’s regular season sweep over Mesa after beating them 2-1 last month at Kino North Stadium.

In their game against GateWay Community College, Pima swept the board to earn a shutout victory. Romero had four goals in the game while sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez made a goal off of an assist from fellow sophomore Angel Heredia. Heredia made his goal with an assist from Rodriguez. Putting Pima up 5-0.

Sophomores Sergio Anaya and Rene Huerta both netted goals and freshman Gustavo Gonzalez-Ramirez had the final goal of the game. The Aztecs beat Gateway 9-0.

Though Pima had their winning streak snapped by Yavapai College 6-2 on Oct. 17, the team maintains an impressive standing and went into the first round of playoffs as the No.3 seed.

The Aztecs will continue their playoff run in the Region 1, Div. 1 Semifinals against Arizona Western College in Yuma,  Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Photo courtesy of Ben Carbajal First Team All-ACCAC/Region I selected Sophomore Brandi Park controls the Mid-field.

Photo courtesy of Ben Carbajal
First Team All-ACCAC/Region I selected Sophomore Brandi Park controls the Mid-field.

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