Soccer

After shaky start, PCC women’s soccer picks up steam

September 21, 2017

Photo and story by CHRISTIAN MORTENSEN After a couple of early season losses, Pima Community College dropped out of the latest NJCAA Top 20 Poll, which was released Sept. 12. The Aztecs received some votes to be included in the top 20, but it wasn’t enough to garner a national ranking. It wasn’t all bad […]

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Women’s Soccer: Expectations high for sophomore laden group

September 7, 2017

By CHRISTIAN MORTENSEN Coming off a successful year in 2016, in which the Aztecs finished with a record of 16-6-1 and reached the NJCAA Region 1 Final, 16-year Pima Community College head coach Kendra Veliz has high expectations heading into the new season. “Considering how we finished last year, losing in the regional final to […]

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Mens Soccer: Aztecs fall in rematch of championship game

September 7, 2017

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 […]

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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Veliz a role model for her players

December 8, 2016

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ  Thump, thump, swoosh goes the soccer ball as it hits the player’s cleat. It’s a familiar sound to Kendra Veliz’s ears as she monitors players during a scrimmage. “Mark a man,” she calls. “Open up.” In a sports world heavily dominated by men, Veliz has spent 15 years making a name for […]

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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Pima takes second place in conference

November 10, 2016

By MARIA ANGULO The Pima Community College women’s soccer team lost 3-0 to No. 1 Paradise Valley Community College in the Region I, Division I championship final on Oct. 29. The Aztecs won the championship in the previous two years and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament. They finished in sixth place nationally in 2015 […]

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MEN’S SOCCER: New rule eliminates Aztecs from playoffs

November 10, 2016

  By FRANCISCO ZAPATA A post-game altercation involving Pima Community College and Phoenix College players and fans controversially disqualified the Pima men’s soccer team from further postseason play. The Aztecs won their third consecutive Division I, Region I title Oct. 29 after defeating Phoenix College 3-1. The win qualified PCC for a four-team NJCAA West […]

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MEN’S SOCCER: Phoenix College sparks brawl, Aztecs left out of nationals

November 2, 2016

By EDDIE CELAYA The Pima Community College men’s soccer team was the victim of a bench-clearing brawl, resulting in its elimination from the post season and leaving the athletic department to deal with a situation worthy of its own Netflix series. A press conference was held in the West Campus Creative Writing Center to deal […]

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MEN’S SOCCER: Aztecs win region championship

October 28, 2016

By FRANCISCO ZAPATA The No. 2 Pima Community College men’s soccer team secured its third consecutive Region I, Division I championship Oct. 29 in a 3-1 home victory over the No. 5 Phoenix College Bears. PCC (18-3-1) now heads to a four-team NJCAA West District Tournament in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Nov. 4. The No. 9 […]

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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Pima takes second place in conference

October 27, 2016

By MARIA ANGULO The Pima Community College women’s soccer team lost 3-0 to No. 1 Paradise Valley Community College in the Region I, Division I championship final on Oct. 29. The road loss marked the third straight year that Pima (16-6-1) reached the finals without advancing to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. The Pumas […]

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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Aztecs win 4 of 5 in two-week stretch

October 13, 2016

  By MARIA ANGULO   With three regular contests left, including two home games, the Pima Community College women’s soccer team has compiled a 12-5 season record. Oct. 1: PCC 2, Phoenix College 0 The Aztecs defeated the Phoenix College Bears 2-0, giving them their fourth straight road win. Pima took the lead in the […]

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MEN’S SOCCER: Team secures 13th victory of season

October 13, 2016

By FRANCISCO ZAPATA  The No.14 Pima Community College men’s soccer team (13-3-1) suffered two consecutive shutout defeats, including their first home loss in two years. The Aztecs responded by claiming three straight victories, outscoring opponents 7-2 in that three-game stretch.  Oct 1: PCC 0, Phoenix College 4 Pima suffered its worst defeat of the season […]

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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Aztecs seeking road to playoffs

October 1, 2016

By MARIA ANGULO With the first half of the season behind them, the Pima Community College women’s soccer team is working to reach the regional playoffs. With help from an influx of freshman players, the Aztec have an overall record of 8-4. They’ve encountered some bumps along the way during road games, but have built […]

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MEN’S SOCCER: Aztecs ride eight-game unbeaten streak

September 29, 2016

By FRANCISCO ZAPATA  The Pima Community College men’s soccer team is on an eight-game unbeaten streak, with a record of 10-1-1. Sophomore Hector Banegas leads the team in scoring, while freshmen Julian Gaona and Chris Cooper have provided strong and evolving play that continues to elevate the Aztecs. Sept. 20: PCC 2, Mesa CC 1 […]

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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Coach pleased with influx of freshman talent

September 15, 2016

By MARIA ANGULO After a strong playoff run last season, the Pima Community College women’s soccer team opened the season ranked ninth nationally by NJCAA. The Aztecs posted an overall record of 21-2-1 last year. Their season ended with a loss to Florida State in the second round of the national semifinals. Kendra Veliz will […]

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Veliz receives Coach of the Year

November 24, 2015

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 […]

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