by DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College women’s soccer team (20-2-2) ended their season short of the NJCAA Division I National Title, falling against the No. 1 ranked Eastern Florida State College 4-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Eastern Florida took control of the game early, putting the Aztecs down 2-0 at the half.
The scoring continued for Eastern Florida as it began to look as though they would shut out Pima 4-0 in the second half. Fortunately freshman Daniela Garcia saved the Aztecs from a shut out scoring late in the game in the 80th minute.
In Pima’s first game of the national tournament the Aztecs defeated Spartanburg Methodist College 3-1 on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
After ending the first half 1-1, Pima came into the second half of the game looking better than ever taking control of the game and ultimately clinched the victory.
Sophomore Callen Shelton scored the first and only goal of the first half and came back to score the first goal of the second.
Sophomore Devyn Hunley would be the one to seal the deal scoring the final shot in the 69th minute.
The Aztecs outshot Spartanburg Methodist 10-4 on the game and freshman goalkeeper Daniela Sanchez finished the day with three saves.
Head coach Kendra Veliz was honored at the ACCAC being named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Hunley, sophomore Brandi Park and Sanchez were named to the All-ACCAC conference team.
“This last season as a whole was amazing, and we had a lot of success. We met all our preseason goals and even achieved more,” said Region I MVP Hunley.
“Nationals was another great experience and we were able to win one game and pave the way for next year’s team to reach a higher success when they make it next year.”