Pima Community College notebook: Aztecs' aim: Start playoffs at home

2012-10-16T00:00:00Z Pima Community College notebook: Aztecs' aim: Start playoffs at homeDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 16, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Both Pima College soccer teams have already clinched postseason berths, but neither is ready to take its foot off the gas with two games left in the regular season.

Men's coach Dave Cosgrove and women's coach Kendra Veliz want to make sure their teams finish in the top four and get home games in the first round of next week's Region 1 tournament.

The Star recently sat down with both coaches to look back on the season and see what the coming weeks hold:

Men's team

• Record and ranking: 11-5-2, fourth in ACCAC

• Goals for-goals against: 52-24

• Games left: Thursday, 1 p.m., Mesa CC (6-12); Saturday, noon, Scottsdale CC (3-15-1)

• Team leaders: Replacing 10 sophomores from last year's squad, Cosgrove said the Aztecs have done everything by committee. But sophomore forward Declan Fulton (Sierra Vista Buena), sophomore goalkeeper Ben Eyde (Salpointe Catholic) and freshman defender Chase Brennan (Salpointe) have been important.

"Those guys play a lot of minutes and play key roles for us," Cosgrove said.

• Biggest win: Pima rallied from a 3-1 deficit at the half to beat Arizona Western College 4-3 on Sept. 29. The Matadors were ranked ninth in the country at the time.

"To come back and win that in regulation and not even have to go to overtime really gave us a boost of confidence," Cosgrove said.

• Toughest losses: A 1-0 loss at Chandler-Gilbert in the second game of the year, and a 0-0 tie Sept. 11 with Paradise Valley likely will cost Pima one spot in the playoff seedings, according to Cosgrove.

• Playoff scenarios: "We kind of expect that No. 3 or 4 spot," Cosgrove said, "but it doesn't matter because the top six teams are all good. I guess the biggest thing for us is trying to get a home game."

Women's team

• Record and ranking: 10-6, third in ACCAC

• Goals for-goals against: 44-27

• Games left: Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Mesa CC (8-7-1), Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Scottsdale CC (15-2)

• Leaders: Sophomore Erika Heredia (Sabino) was named ACCAC goalkeeper of the week late last month and has really stepped up in a leadership role, Veliz said.

Freshman forward Camie Barbera (Ironwood Ridge) has a team-high nine goals, but Veliz is happy to see the ball spread around, with six players having scored at least three goals each.

• Biggest win: Heading into last Thursday's game at Phoenix College, Veliz told the Aztecs they needed to win two of their final three games to hopefully take the No. 3 spot for regionals. Pima came through with a 3-0 win and moved into third place.

"It was one of our best and biggest games of the season," Veliz said.

• Toughest loss: Two days before the big win over the Bears, Pima lost 8-1 at home against undefeated Paradise Valley, the top team in the conference and No. 3 team in the nation.

"They're a good team, but we don't want to lose that badly to anyone in our conference," Veliz said

• Playoff scenarios: "Paradise Valley and Scottsdale look like a pretty solid No. 1 and 2, so really we're going for the No. 3 spot," Veliz said.

Other sports

• In volleyball, the Aztecs (11-11) have only four matches left in the regular season and will try to end a three-game losing streak Wednesday against Eastern Arizona College.

• In football, Pima (1-7) will try to end a five-game skid and get its second win of the season Saturday at Glendale College.

Hall of Fame

Pima College will accept nominations for its inaugural Hall of Fame class until 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Nominations can be made by anyone. Go online to www. pima.edu/athletics for the form.

The ceremony will be held April 5, 2013.

Wednesday

• Women's basketball: at Eastern Arizona, 3 p.m.

• Volleyball: vs. Eastern Arizona, 7 p.m.

Thursday

• Men's soccer: vs. Mesa, 1 p.m.

• Women's soccer: vs. Mesa, 3:30 p.m.

Friday

• Volleyball: vs. Chandler-Gilbert, 7 p.m.

Saturday

• Softball: vs. Hot Shots Gold-Creed, 10 a.m.

• Men's soccer: vs. Scottsdale, noon

• Women's basketball: vs. Tucson Sol (scrimmage), 2 p.m.

• Women's soccer: vs. Scottsdale, 2:30 p.m.

• Football: at Glendale, 7 p.m.

• Men's basketball: vs. Westwind Prep (scrimmage), 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

• Baseball: vs. University of Arizona club team, 1 p.m.

Note: Home games at PCC West Campus unless noted

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