Pima gets ready for the playoffs

Men’s soccer:

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (13-1-2, 13-1-2 in ACCAC) ended their final regular season home game at Kino Sports Complex with ease, shutting out Paradise Valley Community College 11-0.

Freshman Juan Pablo Segura pulled off a hat trick in the second half alone, while sophomores Jason Romero and Alejandro Gonzalez each had two goals of their own.

The Aztecs have a rough schedule ahead of them as both the men’s and women’s team hit the road for four straight games before the playoffs begin in the final week of October.

The Pima men’s soccer team dominated Scottsdale Community College in their fourth shutout win on the season, 7-0.

The Aztecs easily scored four goals in the first half with no response from host SCC. Only to continue to do so in the second half with three more goals and a scoreless Scottsdale team. Finishing the game with perfection.

The Aztecs are currently ranked No.3 in the division and will end the season with four straight away games before the playoffs begin. “The team feels good and confident but our league is very tough. Having 4 road games at the end makes it even tougher. Every game is a challenge and we can’t afford to look past anyone or play poorly,” says Coach David Cosgrove. “Overall we have had a good season and are excited about what we can do in the playoffs…”

Pima played an aggressive game on Thursday, Oct. 8 at home against Chandler-Gilbert.

Although the Aztecs took the lead early on and would eventually take home the win, the game was not easily won in a tenacious second half battle.

PCC was is perfect form for the first half, finishing up 3-0. But in the second Chandler-Gilbert was not going to go out without a fight, cutting the Aztecs lead 3-2.

But that would be the only goals the Aztecs would allow as they went on to score two more goals late in the second to solidify their win 5-2.

Freshman Lorenzo Rodriguez scored a goal in both the first and second half. Sophomores Ryan Bristow and Jason Romero each had a goal in the first and an impressive free kick in the second half from sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez. A good team win to say the least.

The PCC men’s soccer team took home a last minute victory against No. 10 ranked Phoenix College on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Gonzalez scored the first goal of the game in the first half, but early in the second Phoenix College would tie it up 1-1.

The game looked as though it would end until Rodriguez scored the game winning goal in the 83rd minute. Freshman Taylor Anderson assisted the win with a notable six saves on the game. The Aztecs remain undefeated at home this season.

Women’s soccer:

The Pima Community College women’s soccer team (13-1-2, 13-1-2 in ACCAC) defeated Paradise Valley Community College 3-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in their last regular season home game. Finishing their season undefeated at home for the second year in a row.

Freshman Shania Pablo scored the game winning shot in the 85th minute to seal the victory. The Aztecs outshot Paradise Valley 13-9 and while freshman goalkeeper Daniela Sanchez had a notable seven saves for the night.

The Aztecs finally got back to what they do best, win.

Saturday, Oct. 11 the Aztecs played away against hosts Scottsdale Community College, resulting in a 4-1 victory for No. 2 ranked Pima women’s team. Sophomores Prescilla Gonzalez and Devyn Hunley each scored two goals.

For the second game in a row PCC would finish the game in another tie, this time at home against Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

The two women’s teams battled it out all night, neither side managing to score a goal. Ending the game scoreless 0-0. Pima did manage to double the attempts with 16, compared to Chandler Gilberts 8 attempts.

The Aztecs women’s soccer seven-game winning streak finally came to an end against Phoenix College on Tuesday, Sept. 29, but fortunately resulting in a tie, not a loss.

It seemed as though Pima was going to go home with a loss but thanks to sophomore Maria Mata the Aztecs scored late in the second half with an assist from Gonzalez, tying the score 1-1.

After two 10-minute overtimes neither Pima nor Phoenix College managed to score, resulting in a tie for the No.2 ranked Pima Aztecs.

Freshman Lorenzo Rodriguez defends the ball against Phoenix College. Photo Courtesy of PCC Athletics

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