The No. 8 seeded Pima Aztecs knock off top seed St. Louis. (photo courtesy of Pima Athletics)[/caption] pulled off a major upset on Wednesday morning, defeating top-seed St. Louis, 3-1, handing the Archers their first loss of the season (23-1-0).
Pima (19-4-3) has earned a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament semifinals after the win.
In a recent interview with AllsportsTucson.com, head coach Dave Cosgrove said his team has found a way to win in almost every game. His team did on Wednesday.
Freshman Daisuke Takanaka scored two goals for the Aztecs. He scored his first goal in the 22nd minute off a header after sophomore Julian Gaona (Tucson HS) provided the cross pass assist. Takanaka hit a shot from 18 yards out from the left side of the goal in the 59th minute to make it 2-0.
Freshman Hugo Kametani provided more insurance when he scored in the 72nd minute on a 16-yard shot. Freshman Luis Gonzalez (Amphitheater HS) had the assist to make it 3-0.
The primary defensive backfield of sophomore Kevin Perez and freshmen Jacob Pacheco, Kaskile Zawadi (Cholla HS) and Jose Irra (Barry Goldwater HS) held the Archers scoreless for over 85 minutes. The Archers got on the board with a goal from Connor McArthur in the 87th minute.
“Our (ACCAC) conference prepared us for this game,” Pima head coach David Cosgrove said. “We battled and stayed organized and the effort the back-four and AJ (Valenzuela) supporting them was fantastic. They were really disciplined and handled the physicality really well.
“(We had) a couple great goals from Daisuke (Takanaka). He works hard and is under-appreciated. His first goal was fantastic and it set the tone. They’ve (St. Louis) been good all year long and we put the pressure on them.”
Freshman goalkeeper David Silva also came through again in the second half as he finished with four saves in the half and five for the game.
Information for this story was provided by the Pima Community College Sports Information Office.