Pima Community College sports

Pima men’s soccer advances to Finals; headed to NJCAA Div. I Tournament

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (17-3-3) is headed to the NJCAA Division I tournament.

The No. 8 ranked Aztecs defeated Otero Junior College (10-6-2) 2-1 when sophomore Julian Gaona (Tucson HS) scored from 10 yards out with 1:34 left in the first overtime (98th minute). Fellow sophomore Chris Cooper (University HS) had the assist.

The Aztecs and the Rattlers played over 85 minutes of scoreless soccer. The Aztecs scored with 4:21 left in the game when Cooper hit a shot in the box that was assisted by Gaona and sophomore AJ Valenzuela (Desert View HS).

The Rattlers tied the game at 1-1 with a little over two and a half minutes left to force extra play.

The Aztecs oushot the Rattlers 23-14 for the game and freshman goalkeeper David Silva finished with two saves.

Chris Cooper

The Aztecs play the winner of Yavapai College and Snow College. The finals are on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott.

The NJCAA Division I National Tournament is from Nov. 13-18 in Prescott, AZ.

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