Pima Community College sports

Pima wins first-round game at Nationals, 3-1

The No. 8 seed Pima Community College men’s soccer team defeated No. 12 seed Illinois Central College 3-1 in Pool A play at the NJCAA Division I Tournament in Prescott.

The Aztecs (18-4-3) looked to be the sharper team from the get-go as they created opportunities in the early minutes. Freshman Hugo Kametani scored from 12-yards out on the left side of the net with an assist from freshman Daisuke Takanaka in the 22nd minute.

The Aztecs went up 2-0 in the 32nd minute when sophomore Chris Cooper (University HS) scored from 16-yards out with an assist from Kametani. The Aztecs held the Cougars to just one shot for the first half and led 2-0 at the break.

Freshman goalkeeper David Silva had a couple of saves early in the second half to keep Illinois Central scoreless. The Aztecs added to their lead when freshman Jose Romero scored with an assist from sophomore Julian Gaona (Tucson HS).

The Cougars got on the board in the 85th minute with a goal from Nikola Vujicic.

Silva finished the game with five saves; all in the second half.

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