PCC men’s soccer showcases strength with powerful wins

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team has managed to secure a 10-1-2 record whilst winning eight of their last nine matches. 

Sophomore Satsuma Yuki goes for a pass to his fellow Aztecs closer to the goal. PHOTO BY BEN CARBAJAL

Sept. 19: PCC 1, Mesa Community College 0

The Aztecs (7-1-1) remain undefeated with a victory over the Mesa CC Thunderbirds. 
After unsuccessful efforts from both sides, the Aztecs and Thunderbirds headed into halftime scoreless.  
Ten minutes into the second half, sophomore Chris Cooper capitalized on a penalty.  
For the remainder of the game the Thunderbirds searched for a game changing equalizer as the Aztecs worked to maintain its narrow lead
With two minutes left, freshman David Silva blocked a clear shot that deflected off the crossbar. 
Within the last moments of the game the Thunderbirds had an opportunity to score off a free kick but freshman Ricky Flores cleared the ball.
The Aztecs outshot the Thunderbirds 6-3. 

Sept. 21: PCC 1, Arizona Western College 1

Sophomore Julian Goana got the Aztecs on the board in the 7th minute against the No. 15 ranked Matadors with the help of Cooper.
The Aztecs dominated the first half, leaving the Matadors without a single shot on goal during the first 45 minutes.
Six minutes into the second half the Matadors managed to get past Silva to tie the game.
The intensity of the game rose throughout the first half as the Aztecs worked to maintain their lead and as the Matadors searched for a game changing equalizer.
Within 13 minutes of the second half, the Matadors managed to get the ball across Silva to tie the game. 
Going into overtime both teams were eager to get a goal to put them ahead.
Freshman Giovanni Ahumada’s chance at getting the game winning goal of the night was toppled with a diving save by the Matador goalkeeper.
The Aztecs had a scare in the second set of overtime when the Matadors won a free kick in the 107th minute.
The scare dissipated when sophomore Ricky Flores blocked the shot.
Two minutes later the Aztecs failed to convert a free kick in the net when the Matador goalkeeper swooped in with a diving save. 
The Aztecs managed to out-shoot the Matadors 14-4 in the match.

Sep. 23: PCC 2, Paradise Valley CC 0

The Aztecs (8-1-2) looking to get past a tough tie, were rewarded with a shutout-victory in Phoenix.
In the 25th minute of the game sophomore Tatsuma Yuki gave the Aztecs the lead with an assist from Goana.
For the remainder of the first half the Aztecs searched for a goal to widen the lead, while the Puma’s struggled to get a shot on target.
The Aztec’s got their second goal to widen the lead over the Puma’s in the 86th minute with a goal from Flores.
The Aztecs successfully outshot the Pumas 14-0 throughout the game.

Sept. 26: PCC 6, South Mountain CC 2

The Aztecs (9-1-2) entered the game as the expected victors against South Mountain Community College (0-12).
The first goal of the match came from freshman Abraham Espinoza in the third minute with the help of Goana.
Then the Cougars responded in the same minute to get on the scoreboard.
The Cougars managed to hold off the Aztecs for the next 33 minutes, until Flores scored.
The Aztecs went into halftime with a narrow lead over the Bears. 
Then Ahumada gave the Aztecs a comfortable lead in the in the 57th minute. The 3-1 lead lasted for 14 minutes until the Cougars made it 3-2.
The game became surprisingly challenging for the Aztecs who were poised to take the match by a large lead.
The last time both sides met was on Aug 26, when the Aztecs walked away with an 8-0 shutout-victory on the Cougar’s home turf.
With only 11 minutes remaining in the match, the Aztecs put three goals on the scoreboard to seal its victory.
The Aztecs managed to outshoot the Cougars 12-6, Silva got his hands on four saves.

Sept. 30: PCC 3, Phoenix College 0

The Aztecs (10-1-2) walked away with its only loss of the season the last time they met the No. 9 Phoenix College Bears (8-2-3). this season on Aug 29.
This time around the Aztecs looked to avenge their defeat but this time on home soil at Kino North Grandstand.
Goana was the first to get the Aztecs on the scoreboard in the 18th minute.
“In that play Yuki Tatsuma chipped the ball over the last line of defenders,” Goana said. “I made the run in and saw the goalkeeper coming in so I kicked it in first time.”
Looking to widen the gap before halftime, the Aztecs request was answered by a Cooper goal in the 40th minute.
The Bears went into halftime denied any opportunity for a shot on goal.
The Aztecs didn’t get their cushion goal until sophomore AJ Valenzuela had a breakaway in the 79th minute.
Despite seven corner kicks in the second half, the Bears failed to score in the second half.

 

ON DECK

Oct. 7: GateWay CC, Kino Stadium, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Chandler-Gilbert CC, Kino Stadium, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12: Glendale CC, Kino Stadium, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: Mesa CC, Mesa, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19: Arizona Western College, Yuma, 7 p.m.

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