Aztecs make soccer program history

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (21-4-2) ended an incredible season in dramatic fashion losing in overtime to Louisburg College during the semifinals of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

Although the National Title was just out of reach for the Aztecs, third in the nation in the NJCAA is something to be proud of. It is also the best the Pima men’s soccer team has done sense winning the national title in 1999.

The first half of the game was scoreless thanks to three crucial saves from freshman goalkeeper Taylor Anderson.

Sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez would have the only point for the Aztecs as he scored late in the second half to put PCC into overtime 1-1. Louisburg would score another goal to seal the deal in overtime, 2-1 on Nov. 18.

In Pima’s last pool play game the men took out Lewis & Clark Community College 4-1 to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament semifinals.

This game marked the 21st win of the season for the Aztecs and the most single season wins in the program’s history.

In the first game of the National Tournament, the Aztecs fell to Hill College 3-2. Tied 1-1 at the half, Pima couldn’t manage to dig themselves out of the hole fast enough after being down 3-1 in the second.

Head coach David Cosgrove had been a part of Pima athletics for 17 years now and had been a part of many successful seasons.

“I’ve been here a long time,” said Cosgrove. “…by far this is the best semester for Pima Athletics that I’ve been apart of.”

With a numerous amount of Pima athletes getting honors and recognition this season, it’s hard to walk away with a negative outlook as the year comes to a close.

“We accomplished everything we set out to accomplish, aside from the national title, but we were close so I think we leave the post season with a sense of pride,” Cosgrove added.

Pg11-Mens Soccer Gonzalez, Alejandro 10-13-15

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