By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ
This season, the Pima Community College men’s soccer team is looking to leave last season’s bitter playoff disqualification in the past.
“We have moved on,” Coach Dave Cosgrove said. “Nothing can be done about it. We just hope to field a good team this year that can challenge for the Region I title again.”
Aug 22: PCC 2, Paradise Valley CC
The 13th-ranked Aztecs grabbed a shutout win in its season opener at Kino North Grandstand.
“It was a good win. It looked like a first game,” Cosgrove said. “Lots of good things and lots of areas to work on. We showed some potential to be very good.”
The Aztecs lit the scoreboard in the fifth minute when freshman Brian Chumacera scored. “It was important to start the season with a win, and I’d say we had a pretty good performance,” Cooper said.
In the 81st minute, Cooper played another role in scoring by helping to set up sophomore Tatsuma Yuki.
Aug 26: PCC 8, South Mountain CC 0
The Aztecs continue their winning streak with a shutout over South Mountain CC. The Aztecs had eight different goal scorers. Cooper added three more assists to his record, while sophomore Tatsuma Yuki finished with a goal and two assists.
Aug 29: PCC 1, Phoenix College 2
The last time the Aztecs met the Phoenix College Bears was in the Region I, Division I Championship game where they won 3-1, but the team eventually was eliminated due to a post- game altercation. After a dry first half, the Bears took a 1-0 lead in the second half. The lead was short-lived, when the Aztecs responded nine minutes later with a goal from sophomore Julian Gaona. “It was a good game to test the depth in our team and I think we responded well,” Gaona said. The Bears sealed their victory in the 85th minute. The Aztecs ended with eight shots on goal, and Silva finished with five saves.
Sept 1: PCC 1, Yavapai College 1
It wasn’t smooth sailing for the Aztecs who played a back and forth game with the Yavapai College Roughriders.
“I had a lot of feelings because I was told that Pima had not won against Yavapai in recent years,” Freshman Hugo Kamentani said.
Kametani provided the only goal for the Aztecs in the 13th minute. “It was great that I could score a goal. It was disappointing to not score another one for the team to win