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Women’s Soccer

December 16, 2013
NSA, STEIN NAMED ALL-AMERICANS

Paradise Valley Community College women's soccer players Nicole Nsa and Ashley Stein were recognized recently as All-Americans. Nsa was named first-team All-American by both the NJCAA and NSCAA. Stein was named second-team All-American by NSCAA.

Nsa's honor follows a remarkable season in which she was also named the Region 1 and ACCAC women's soccer Player of the Year. She broke the team's single season scoring record with 34 goals and 17 assists.

Pumas captain Stein led her team to a 21-1-2 season and another National Championship appearance after being moved from her nomad defensive position to midfield where she finished the season with 11 goals and 7 assists.
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Women’s Soccer

December 4, 2013
HOPKINSON HONORED

Paradise Valley Community College Women's Soccer assistant coach David Hopkinson was recently named the 2013 Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the NSCAA, National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Hopkinson, in his first season with the PVCC women's team, played an integral role in the Pumas (22-1-2) return to a 3rd national tournament in the last 4 years.

Hopkinson is now also one of four finalists for the 2013 National junior College Assistant Coach of the Year. The official announcement for the National Junior College Assistant Coach of the Year winner on the NSCAA's 12/17/2013 College Highlight Show.

Congratulations David and best of luck as a national finalist.
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Women’s Soccer

November 26, 2013
PUMA PRIDE AT NATIONALS

The PVCC women’s soccer team’s national championship aspirations were ended in a rain-soaked penalty shoot-out in Melbourne, Florida last week. But the disappointing end to the season did not diminish an impressive season that saw the Pumas finish with a 21-1-2 record.

Going into the NJCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer National Championships the PVCC Pumas were the number two seed and grouped with number 11-ranked St. Louis Community College and number seven-ranked Laramie County.

In the first group match, the Pumas defeated St. Louis 4-0 on two goals scored by Nicole Nsa, and one each from Ashley Johnson and Erica Gonzales. Acclimated to heat but not humidity, the PVCC women took some time to get hold of the match in the extreme muggy weather of Florida’s Space Coast. As the team adjusted to the climate towards the end of the first half, the Pumas exploded into life and took a 3-0 lead into halftime and settled into the match in the second half for a satisfying first match result.

In the second group match versus Laramie County, the weather played an even larger role. A near-constant downpour throughout the match made the Pumas possession game nearly impossible. Early in the first half and against the run of play Laramie County would take a 1-0 lead on their first chance on goal. The rain ensured that the Pumas would have a tough time recovering and they went in down a goal at halftime. The adjustments made at the break would reap immediate results as Nicole Nsa, operating on the left side of the attack, would fire a well-placed strike into the far post for a an equalizer. Only a few minutes later, Ashley Johnson was fouled just outside the penalty area and Nsa’s well-taken free kick put the Pumas ahead 2-1.

The PVCC women would continue their assault on Laramie Country’s defense but the slick field prevented build-up play and the Pumas would never find an insurance goal. At about the 60th minute mark, Laramie County’s attackers launched a ball into the box and the slippery field caused chaos in the Pumas defensive end resulting in an errant handball. The ensuing penalty kick would be converted for the 2-2 equalizer.

For the next 25 minutes, the Pumas furious attacking onslaught would not result in a winner as Laramie County held on for a draw in regulation. As dictated by NJCAA rules, group matches ended in a tie must be settled by penalty kicks. And in the driving Florida rain, the Pumas season would end 4-2 on penalty kicks.

“Despite the disappointment of going out on penalty kicks and not reaching our goal of winning another National Championship, we are tremendously proud of the team’s accomplishments this year,” said Coach Jon Ruzan. “We did not lose a match in regulation time all year, and we were simply unlucky not be champions again. This team deserves tremendous respect for how they have responded to adversity, and they have played like champions all season long.”

To see pictures from the games in Florida, CLICK HERE



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Women’s Soccer

November 26, 2013
PUMA ALUM TAKES NAIA BY STORM

Puma alum Jordan Davidson (2010-2012) is currently tearing it up for Vanguard University in California. She has helped lead her current team to the NAIA Tournament this season, much the same as she did on PV’s 2010 National Championship team.

While at PV (2010/2011) several accolades were bestowed upon Davidson. In 2011 she was named the ACCAC Player of the Year as well as named to the Region I First Team. She was also honored nationally in 2011 by being named NJCAA First Team All-American. During the 2011 season, Davidson was a PV co-Captain and led her team in scoring.

To read more about Jordan Davidson’s time at Vanguard, CLICK HERE.

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Cross Country

November 15, 2013
CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS FINISH IN TOP 5 & 10 AT NATIONALS

The PV cross country team returned from Fort Dodge, Iowa with Top 5 (Men) and Top 10 (Women) finishes under their belts. The teams competed well in their fields on Saturday, November 9.

The men finished ranked 5th in the field of 39 teams. Nico Montanez led the charge for the Pumas finishing 13th overall in 25:58.9. His finish was awarded with NJCAA All-American honors. Brandon Wheat (26:41.9), Andrew Garcia (26:47.1), Roberto Contreras (26:55.2), Basabose Bahati (27:02.3), Lucas Rischar (27:38.8) and Lance Pedersen (28:38.7) all competed for the Pumas.

The women finished ranked 10th in the field of 34 teams. This was the highest finish for the PV women since their 7th place finish in 2008. Billy Jo Dytrt finished first for the Pumas placing 7th overall in 18:43.2. Her finish garnered her NJCAA All-American honors. Brooke Binns (19:59.0), Callie Willcox (20:07.6), Andrea Haller (21:03.2), Kayla Forbis (21:08.2), Jordyn Bentley (22:33.7) and Sarah St. Amand (23:14.5) all competed for the Pumas.

You can watch a replay of the race here.

Well done Pumas!

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Women’s Soccer

November 15, 2013
PUMA SOCCER HEADED TO THE SUNSHINE STATE

PV Women’s Soccer hits the road tomorrow to travel to Melbourne, Florida for the NJCAA National Championship. The Pumas return to the national stage for the third time in four years. They head in to this year’s tournament with sights set on defending their 2012 National Title.

The Pumas are the #2 seed in this pool play tournament. First up for the Pumas will be #11 seed St. Louis Community College on Monday, November 18 at 1pm (EST). The Pumas will then face off against #7 seed Laramie County on Wednesday, November 20, also at 1pm (EST). Depending on outcomes, the next day of scheduled competition is Friday, November 22. The Finals will be help on Saturday, November 23.

Fire up your devices and follow the Pumas as they conquer Florida! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and as always keep checking in to our athletics page for information from the road.

For tournament details, and to watch all the games online, CLICK HERE .

GO PUMAS!!!

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Women’s Soccer

November 13, 2013
WOMEN'S SOCCER ON 3TV

3TV's Tess Rafols spoke to some of our Pumas on Wednesday's Good Morning Arizona about the team's accomplishments, and to give these ladies some well-deserved praise.

The Pumas return to Florida on Saturday to defend their 2012 NJCAA National Title.

3TV Broadcast
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News

November 5, 2013
PUMAS SERVE

On Tuesday, October 29 the PVCC Softball team volunteered at Cactus Shadows High School. As part of the athletic department's endeavor to give back to the community, the Pumas instructed kids ages 10 and up at a camp held that afternoon.

The Pumas shared their warm-up techniques and gave the youngsters a chance to ask questions about what it is like to be, and what it takes to become, a college student-athlete. Head Coach Nick Candrea also gave a step-by-step hitting demonstration to the kids.

The camp goers were separated by position and paired with Pumas who play that same position so they could learn first hand from a college player. After working on positions, the campers were broken up into hitting groups so the Pumas could instruct the kids on how to improve their hitting.

The Pumas and the campers all had an enjoyable and informative afternoon. The Pumas said it was a great experience and would love to do it again. Well done Pumas!

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Women’s Soccer

November 3, 2013
PVCC WOMEN WIN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The PVCC women's soccer team defeated Chandler-Gilbert yesterday in a dramatic penalty shootout to win the Region 1 Championship. The match ended in  a 1-1 deadlock after regulation and both overtime periods.

PVCC took an early lead just five minutes into the match when Tia Blackwell played a pass to Nicole Nsa who fired a low, curling shot from 20 yards out that found the inside of the back post. The Pumas continued to attack but could not find the insurance goal they needed. With a quick, well-played counterattack in the 25th minute, Chandler-Gilbert would find its equalizer against the run of play as the Coyotes' Brenna Jarvis evened the match.

The remainder of the match and overtime periods saw a relentless assault by the Pumas and a spirited defensive, counterattacking effort by the Coyotes. PVCC would end the match with an astounding 29 shots and numerous quality chances to settle the match in regulation and overtime. But both defenses were resilient, as the conference's two best goalkeepers were on display. Nikki Tejeda produced numerous fine saves to keep her Coyotes in the match, while PVCC's Rachel Cardwell rose to make perhaps the save of the match on a free kick in overtime.

The penalty kick shootout saw the first two Pumas shooters, captain Ashley Stein and top scorer Nicole Nsa convert their kicks. The first CGCC shooter scored, but the next three would all fail to convert as Cardwell saved their third attempt. Pumas freshman defender Maitlyn Davisworth, who drew the thankless, toughest defensive assignments all season, stepped up and drove home the penalty kick that would win the 2013 Region 1 Championship. She also earned the match Most Valuable Player Award.

The PVCC women's soccer team now look to repeat as they head out for the NJCAA National Championships in Melbourne, Florida, the week of November 18-23.
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Cross Country

November 1, 2013
PVCC CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS

At the Region I Cross Country Championship held earlier this week, the PVCC men's team, competing without three of their top runners, finished third. The PVCC women, missing two of their top three runners, finished fourth.

The highlight of the event featured Freshman Billie Joe Dytrt winning the Region I Women's Cross Country Championship race on Monday. Dytrt covered the 3.1 mile course in 18:47.2, an average of just over 6:00/mile. She is now the winner of both the ACCAC and Region 1 championships.

Due to their national ranking prior to Monday's race; PV Women (#4), PV Men (#7), both PVCC teams now qualify for the NJCAA National Championships to be held next week on November 9th in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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Women’s Soccer

November 1, 2013
STILL TALKIN' ABOUT PLAYOFFS!

The #1 ranked Pumas will host the #2 ranked Coyotes of Chandler-Gilbert CC Saturday in the Finals at Cindy Shoenhair Field at 2pm.

The Coyotes defeated #6 ranked Pima 1-0 on Thursday to advance to Saturday's final match up. The Pumas are 2-0 on the season against Chandler-Gilbert having beaten them on Sept. 14 at home (2-1) and on Oct. 19 at Chandler-Gilbert in overtime (2-1).

Because this is a Region 1 hosted event, there is an entry fee being charged at today's game. Adults are $5 and Students/Seniors are $3. We are unable to honor any passes.

Good luck Saturday ladies! GO PUMAS!

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Women’s Soccer

October 31, 2013
WE'RE TALKIN' ABOUT PLAYOFFS!

The #1 ranked Pumas will host the #4 ranked Apaches of Cochise College today in the semi-finals at Cindy Shoenhair Field at 2pm. Because of their #1 ranking, the Pumas had a bye for the first round of playoffs that were held on Tuesday.

The Apaches defeated #5 ranked Arizona Western 4-2 on Tuesday to advance to today's semi-final match up. The Pumas are 2-0 on the season against Cochise having beaten them on Sept. 5 at Cochise (4-0) and on Oct. 8 at home (7-1).

Because this is a Region 1 hosted event, there is an entry fee being charged at today's game. Adults are $5 and Students/Seniors are $3. We are unable to honor any passes.

Good luck today ladies! GO PUMAS!


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Women’s Soccer

October 31, 2013
PVCC WOMEN WIN REGIONAL SEMI; HOST FINAL SATURDAY

The PVCC women's soccer team defeated Cochise College today 5-1 in a Regional semifinal at Cindy Shoenhair Field. The win puts the Pumas in the Regional Championship game to be played at PVCC this Saturday at 2pm against the winner of the Chandler-Gilbert vs. Pima semifinal.

Just two minutes into the match, the Pumas got off the mark quickly as Halie Claiborne's well-taken corner kick went straight in for an "Olympic Goal" as it is known. After an injury-maligned regular season, Erica Gonzales found her way back onto the field and onto the scoreboard as she slotted in a pass from Savannah Quintana in the 32nd minute.

Krisa Duff and Nicole Nsa made for a devastating one-two combination at the end of the first half, as Nsa twice served Duff who earned a pair of goals within a short span as she scored in the 36th and 44th minute marks.

The second half began with Nsa picking up a loose ball, beating a defender and striking the back of the net to add to her remarkable season total and her Region Player of the Year honor.

Cochise would never relent even at 5-0 and continued to press the Pumas, and they saved pride with a 77th minute goal. But the 5-1 victory earned the PVCC women a well-deserved spot in the Regional Championship match this Saturday.
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Women’s Soccer

October 26, 2013
PVCC WOMEN HONOR SOPHOMORES; END SEASON WITH BIG WIN

The PVCC women's soccer team capped off the 2013 regular season with a 10-0 rout of GateWay today. The Pumas, who already clinched the conference and top seed in the playoffs, were bolstered by pairs of goals each scored by Makenna George, Ashley Johnson, Savannah Quintana, and Ashley Stein, while Tia Blackwell opened the scoring and Chelsea Abboud added a penalty kick. PVCC overwhelmed GateWay with 25 shots on goal.

At halftime of today's match, the PVCC women's soccer team honored its sophomores. Here is a transcript of today's ceremonies:

Friends and Family, thanks for being here today for our last regular season home game. As is tradition, this last match give us an opportunity to recognize our graduating sophomores and we have quite a few. Let's begin with…

Rachel Cardwell -- a national championship winner and one of the greatest PVCC goalkeepers of all time, she won four straight high school state championships and then won a national championship as a Puma her freshman year, and we certainly hope she keeps the streak going.

Amanda McLean -- a defensive mainstay and one of the foundation players of the nation's top backline, she has shown tremendous athleticism and endurance in starting every match this year.

Danielle Horvath-Skan -- injured most of this season, we missed her speed on the wing but know that there will still be more to come from her.

Erica Peck -- a proud Puma through-and-through whose commitment is undeniable, she makes things happen every time she sets foot on the field. She was the catalyst for earning a valuable goal this year in the game that clinched the conference this year vs Chandler-Gilbert

Ashley Stein -- one of our team captains, an All-American, and a national player of the week just a few weeks ago when she scored seven goals and recorded four assists in one week, currently the 5th leading scorer in the conference, and scorer of three game-winning goals, she lifts her team on and off the field and is one of the greatest Pumas of all time.

Erica Gonzalez -- one of the most creative 1v1 players to ever put on a PVCC shirt, her skills are magical and even though she was injured for much of the season she has still scored 5 goals and hope she regains full health as we head into the playoffs.

Courtney Chung -- PVCC's midfield maestro with tremendous vision and creativity, she is the key to our possession game and the scorer of the dramatic overtime goal last week that clinched the conference championship. She did it, she really did it!

Danielle Leon -- a defender converted to play in midfield, she joined the team this year and energizes our midfield attack and has contributed 5 goals thus far this season.

Nicole Nsa -- undeniably the conference's most prolific attacker, she also just joined us this year and leads the conference with 26 goals AND 13 assists, averaging an astounding 3 points per game, and has scored 6 game-winning goals.

Krisa Duff -- the recipient of the NJCAA Academic Achievement Award, she also provides the team with intelligent play and well-timed passes from out wide and in the match earlier this week assisted one of the two goals scored at Phoenix College.

Halie Claiborne -- the exceptional right back for the national championship team, prior to her injury this week, she has started every game and added intensity to our defense for two years. She has also shown her attacking prowess by getting forward and notching 2 goals and 3 assists this season.

Judith Ruiz -- an inspirational player who walked onto a national championship team after a debilitating injury, she showed how much she loves the game and has shown how much being part of the team has meant to her when she fired, and by fired I mean blasted, home a penalty kick versus Cochise.

Makenna George -- one of our team captains, wait what?, a true leader on the field, and another of the all-time greatest PVCC players, she was the Most Valuable Defender at Nationals last year and an NJCAA Academic Achievement Award recipient, she has led the team from both the backline and midfield this season with a goal and 2 assists.

Ashley Johnson -- a center forward who is a lethal goalscorer in the penalty box, she is the conference's third leading scorer with 13 beautiful goals and 5 assists for a total of 31points and has 4 game-winning and very skillfuly-scored goals so far this season.

Thank you for being here today and for supporting the team all season. Please come out and support us next week in regional playoffs as we host a semifinal match against an opponent to be determined next Thursday at 2pm.



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Women’s Soccer

October 25, 2013
PVCC WOMEN DEFEAT PHOENIX COLLEGE IN OT

The PVCC women's soccer team defeated Phoenix College on a dramatic goal by Nicole Nsa with just six seconds remaining in the first overtime period to earn the sudden victory.

With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Phoenix College women's spirited play kept the Pumas at bay for most of the match. PVCC clinched the conference championship last week.

PVCC tried to get hold of the match through possession, but were only successful in short spells as the Bears' high pressure and a hard pitch did not allow the champs to get a foothold in the match.

Just five minuted before the end of regulation, Krisa Duff served a ball into the PC penalty box that Ashley Johnson tucked away for a 1-0 lead. But the PC women threw their attack forward and earned a goal off a scramble in the box with just under a minute left to send the match into overtime.

The Pumas have now played five overtime matches and in this overtime the PVCC women were determined to find another winner. They did just that as Courtney Chung found Nicole Nsa for the winner to improve PVCC's record to 18-1 on the season.

The Pumas last regular season match is this Saturday at noon as they host GateWay on Sophomore Day.
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Cross Country

October 21, 2013
PVCC CROSS COUNTRY UTILIZE WISCONSIN MEET AS TESTING GROUND

The Paradise Valley men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Drews/Neubauer Invitational this past weekend.  The invitational, run at the Maple Grove Country Club in West Salem, Wisconsin, featured 900 runners from colleges throughout the Midwest. While the PVCC men finished 7th and the women 24th, the focus this weekend was on utilizing the event as a testing ground for nationals which will be set in similar conditions when hosted on November 9 at Iowa Central.

"This was a good way to measure ourselves against good competition," said Coach Dave Barney. "Some of our runners performed well individually, but our back end runners have to step it up for us to get better team results."

In the men's Jim Drews Race, Christopher Webb finished 11th individually with a time of 25:24.8, with an average mile pace of 5:07.

In the women's Tori Neubauer race, Billie Jo Dytrt finished 27th with a time of 22:57.0, with an average mile paceof 6:09.
 
The newest NJCAA National rankings are due out this Wednesday and the Pumas are anticipating a top 15 finish for both the men and women to earn an automatic berth into the NJCAA National Championship.

While this event's results weren't a main focus for the Pumas, the event was important. "We were able to compete in conditions very similar to the ones we can expect at nationals and that was important for us," said Coach Barney.

Before nationals, the PVCC cross country team will compete in the regional meet next Monday, October 28 in Tucson.

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Women’s Soccer

October 20, 2013
PVCC WOMEN CLINCH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The PVCC women's soccer team clinched another ACCAC Conference Championship last night with an overtime victory at Chandler-Gilbert. The win guarantees the Pumas the top seed in the regional playoffs, with two conference matches still to play, and a first-round playoff bye.

Beset by injuries to three regular starters, the Pumas started the match slowly and conceded the first goal to Chandler-Gilbert just five minutes into the match. For the next 30 minutes, the PVCC women settled in defensively and absorbed pressure from the Coyotes, who have had an excellent season thus far and were sitting in second place in the conference prior to this match.

As the Pumas adjusted to Chandler-Gilbert's high-speed attack and pressure, the counterattack was a prime weapon for PVCC towards the end of the first half. PVCC's attackers were eventually able to break down the Coyotes defense who were penalized for a handball late in the first half. Nicole Nsa slotted home the penalty kick in the 37th minute to calm the Pumas' nerves.

The second half, yet again, featured an offensive onslaught from the Pumas that was led by the exceptional midfield play of Courtney Chung. But Chandler-Gilbert's defense would not budge and regulation time ended with a 1-1 scoreline. But just a minute into overtime, Ashley Stein's cross proved too difficult to handle for the Coyote's defense, and Chung eventually fired home the sudden-victory goal that not only won the match but also clinched the ACCAC Championship.

Just two regular season matches remain for the conference champs; Thursday, October 24 at Phoenix College at 4:30pm and Saturday, October 26 at home vs. Gateway.

Playoffs are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 29, but with a first-round bye the PVCC women's first playoff game with be a home match against an opponent to be determined in the second round on Thursday, October 31 at 2pm.

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Men’s Soccer

October 19, 2013
PVCC MEN LOSE TO CHANDLER-GILBERT

The PVCC men's team were defeated 6-0 tonight in a match played at Chandler-Gilbert. The Pumas have two remaining matches in their 2013 campaign; Thursday, October 24 at Phoenix College at 7pm and the final match of the season at home vs. GateWay on Saturday, October 26 at 2:30pm.
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Women’s Soccer

October 17, 2013
PVCC WOMEN DEFEAT ARIZONA WESTERN

The PVCC women's soccer team defeated Arizona Western today 4-2 at Cindy Shoenhair Field in a tightly contested non-conference match.

Both teams favored possession-oriented soccer and for the first half the match was relatively even despite PVCC's halftime 2-1 lead. Nicole Nsa opened the scoring with a near-post strike on a pass from Ashley Johnson. Arizona Western equalized midway through the first half, but Nsa would play a ball in to the box that Erica Gonzalez tucked in for the 2-1 lead.

In the early stages of the second half, PVCC won the better of midfield play and created more chances to increase the lead 3-1 on a penaly kick scored by Nsa after Ashley Johnson was fouled in the penalty box. Arizona Western would make it 3-2 on a PVCC defensive error. As the midfield battle continued to play out, PVCC's Ashley Johnson pounced on a poor pass in midfield, and calmly slotted home the breakaway for the 4-2 victory.

The Pumas next visit Chandler-Gilbert on Saturday, kick-off slated for 4:30pm.
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Women’s Soccer

October 16, 2013
STEIN NAMED NJCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Puma captain Ashley Stein's week continues to improve as she has been honored as an NJCAA Player of the Week for the week of 10/7/2013. Stein’s tremendous offensive performance last week propelled the Pumas to victory in all three of their matches.

Her stats include: four goals and an assist vs Cochise - including the game-winner, two goals and one assist vs Glendale - including the opening/winning goal, one goal and two assists vs Pima - including a 50-yard shot for a goal.

Well done and congrats again Ashley!

NJCAA Website

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Cross Country

October 16, 2013
PUMAS HEAD TO WISCONSIN

The Paradise Valley men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to the Drews/Neubauer Invitational this weekend. The invitational, run at the Maple Grove Country Club in West Salem, Wisconsin, plays host to some 900 runners from colleges throughout the Midwest. The host, UW-La Crosse, is the defending champion in the men’s race and again will be this year’s favorite. Minnesota’s women won last year’s competition and will be back to defend their title. Paradise Valley’s men finished 6th, and women 24th, last year.

The Pumas, ranked 5th (men) and 4th (women) nationally in the latest NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association poll, have raced twice this season. At the Dave Murray Invitational, hosted by the University of Arizona, the men’s team finished first in the open division, and the women tied for third. One week later, at the ACCAC Conference Championship race, both the men and women finished second to Central Arizona College, with Billie Jo Dytrt winning the women’s individual title.

“We’re off to a very good start,” said Coach David Barney. “This trip to Wisconsin will be a great opportunity for us to see how we stack up, and to put some final touches on our teams going into the regional and national championships.”

Good luck Pumas!

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Women’s Soccer

October 14, 2013
STEIN NAMED ACCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Puma captain Ashley Stein has been honored as an ACCAC Player of the Week for the week of 10/14/2013. Stein, a defender asked to play out of position as a midfielder, had a remarkable week leading her team.

Her stats include: four goals and an assist vs Cochise - including the game-winner, two goals and one assist vs Glendale - including the opening/winning goal, one goal and two assists vs Pima - including a 50-yard shot for a goal.

Well done and congrats Ashley!
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Women’s Soccer

October 13, 2013
PVCC WOMEN END WEEK WITH CONVINCING WIN

In the week since losing the match to Scottsdale that broke an incredible unbeaten streak lasting nearly two years, the PVCC women's soccer team responded by defeating Cochise on Tuesday 7-1, Glendale on Thursday 5-0, and then yesterday overwhelming Pima 7-1 at Cindy Shoenhair Field.

Ashley Johnson opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Nicole Nsa's free kick hit the crossbar, and she headed in the rebound for the lead. Minutes later Pima equalized and the rest of the first half saw the Pumas trying to create chances and avoid being stretched by Pima's direct attack.

The PVCC women sorted out their difficulties at halftime, and Johnson would find the back of the net again for the eventual match-winning goal on an assist from her strike partner Nsa.

Less than two minutes later Nsa would finish a cross served by Ashley Stein. In the 66th minute, Stein found an unmarked Savannah Quintana who unleashed a left-footed shot from 25 yards that beat the Pima keeper to make it 4-1.

Nsa would find a misplayed pass and tuck it in for her second goal of the match. In the 85th minute, Stein drove a long ball about 50 yards into the box that was misjudged by Pima's defenders and somehow found the back of the net. Less than a minute later, PVCC would be awarded a penalty kick for a Pima handball in the box and Judith Ruiz slammed home the penalty kick to complete the 7-1 victory.

The PVCC women next host a non-conference match versus Arizona Western on Thursday, October 17 at 1pm.
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Women’s Soccer

October 11, 2013
PVCC WOMEN DEFEAT GLENDALE 5-0

The PVCC women's' soccer team defeated Glendale yesterday 5-0 at a match held at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.

Continuing a remarkable run of form, team captain Ashley Stein followed up her recent four-goal performance earlier in the week with an opening goal in the 17th minute on a driven cross from Nicole Nsa. Only a few minutes later Stein would return the favor and assist Nsa to make it 2-0 in the first half.

The second half featured inspired play by the Pumas who dominated possession and used the wide pitch to their advantage to create numerous scoring chances. Ashley Stein would score again on an indirect free kick touched into play by Danielle Leon in the 67th minute. Nicole Nsa would add to her assist tally with a well-timed pass to Danielle Leon who finished her breakaway for a 4-0 lead. Nsa would cap off the evening with her second goal on an assist from Tia Blackwell to complete the 5-0 victory.

The Pumas are now 14-1 and currently ranked number 3 in the nation. PVCC will next host Pima this Saturday at Noon.
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News

October 10, 2013
THREE PUMA TEAMS RANKED IN TOP FIVE NATIONALLY

Three of PVCC’s four fall athletic teams are ranked in the top five of their respective national polls this week. Women's Cross Country and Women's Soccer are both ranked third while Men's Cross Country is ranked fifth. Congratulations and continued successes to our student-athletes and coaches!

Women’s Cross Country Poll

Men’s Cross Country Poll

Women’s Soccer Poll

GO PUMAS!

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Women’s Soccer

October 8, 2013
PUMAS ROAR BACK

With the sting of a rare loss still fresh in their minds, the PVCC women's soccer team came roaring back with a 7-1 home victory over an undermanned Cochise College team.

Team captain Ashley Stein, normally a defender but playing as a midfielder in this match, answered the call with an inspirational performance scoring four goals and providing one assist.

Stein opened the scoring in the 10th minute and then added goals in the 23rd on an assist from Amanda McLean, 72nd and 76th minutes both provided by Savannah Quintana.

Tia Blackwell finished a well-taken half-volley on a pass from Stein in the 12th minute. Nicole Nsa scored on a low, driven shot in the 31st minute, and later would score from a free kick in the 60th minute.

"Great teams respond well to adversity," said Coach Jon Ruzan. "Our leaders lifted the team's spirits prior to the match, then during the match with their play, and everyone went out and played a solid, possession-oriented game that bodes very well for the rest of the season."

The win puts PVCC at 13-1 for the season and still in first place. Next up for the Pumas is an away match this Thursday at 4:30pm versus Glendale at Rose Mofford Sports Complex.
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Men’s Soccer

October 7, 2013
PVCC MEN LOSE TO SCOTTSDALE

The PVCC men' soccer team lost to Scottsdale on Saturday 6-1 at home. The loss drops the Pumas to a 3-10 record on the season. The lone goal was scored by Tyler Hayes in the 40th minute.

The Pumas next host Yavapai on Tuesday at 3:30pm.
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Women’s Soccer

October 5, 2013
PVCC WOMEN'S STREAK ENDED BY RIVALS

PVCC women's soccer team lost today to Scottsdale 2-1 in overtime ending a 13-game win streak (11/16/2012 vs. Iowa Western was technically a tie) dating back to last year and an unbeaten streak that dates back to October 2011.

The Pumas could not capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities and were beaten by their rivals at home. Scottsdale opened the scoring in the 43rd minute on a goal scored by Kelly Watson. But the Pumas took the kick-off and played several combination passes until Halie Claiborne found Nicole Nsa in the box for a stunning headed equalizer less than a minute later right before halftime.

The second half saw PVCC heap pressure on the Scottsdale goal but came up empty. PVCC committed players forward throughout overtime, and in the second period of overtime Scottsdale's counterattack earned them a sudden-death winning goal scored by Megan Rollins.

Despite the loss, the Pumas remain in first place in the conference with a 12-1 record. "The players are disappointed to have their streak end, but they are keeping perspective," said Coach Jon Ruzan. "We are still focused and the loss does not change the course or our objectives."

The PVCC women next host Cochise on Tuesday, October 8 at 1pm.

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Men’s Soccer

October 4, 2013
PVCC MEN LOSE AT MESA

The PVCC men's soccer team was defeated last night 6-0 in an away match at Mesa CC. The loss puts the Pumas overall record at 3-9.

Next up for the Pumas is a meeting with rival Scottsdale. In their last meeting, the thrilling contest went into overtime before the Fighting Artichokes won 1-0. This Saturday, October 5, the Pumas host Scottsdale at 2:30pm.
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Women’s Soccer

October 4, 2013
PVCC WOMEN CONTINUE STREAK

The PVCC women's soccer team continued their exceptional run yesterday afternoon with a 1-0 away win at Mesa.

After a tense first half, the Pumas converted an opportunity in the 50th minute when PVCC's attackers made numerous passes in the attacking third until Ashley Johnson found Courtney Chung who fired a low, driven shot to the back post.

The score would be all that would be needed as the midfield battle continued the rest of the match with the Pumas missing a few opportunities to add to the scoreline.

A rivalry match is next for the Pumas as they host Scottsdale on Saturday, October 5 at noon.
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Women’s Tennis

October 1, 2013
WOMEN’S TENNIS OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

The Paradise Valley CC women’s tennis program will be conducting an open tryout at 10am, Saturday, October 5, 2013. Sign-ups for the tennis team tryout will begin at 9am. The tryout will be held at the Paradise Valley CC tennis courts.

Each player must come prepared with the proper attire, tennis shoes and racquet. PVCC tennis will provide balls and other needed equipment for use during the tryout.

IMPORTANT
Each participant will need to complete an Assumption of Risk Form and a Contact Information Form. If the student-athlete is under 18 years of age, a parent must also sign these forms. The forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate. You can download the forms below.

Also required to participate is a copy of a physical dated within the past year. Physicals dated prior to October 5, 2012 will not be accepted. Physicals must include Doctor’s signature and clearance to participate in athletics. PVCC Athletic Trainers will be present to clear participants. Anyone without the appropriate paperwork will not be allowed to participate in this tryout.

2013 Women’s Tennis Tryout Forms

Please call or email with any question.
Feroz Rast - PVCC Women’s Tennis Head Coach
602-332-8653
feroz.rast@paradisevalley.edu

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Men’s Soccer

September 26, 2013
PVCC MEN DEFEAT SOUTH MOUNTAIN

The PVCC men's soccer team defeated South Mountain 5-2 on Thursday for the second time this season, giving them their second consecutive win.

The Pumas started slowly conceding a goal on a long punt in the 5th minute, but the team was not fazed, and proceeded to break down the opposition for the rest of the match. In the 29th minute, Rafael Mendoza capitalized on a poor clearance from SMCC and brought the score to 1-1 to end the half.

In the 51st minute, South Mountain stuck again with a goal from the top of the box. However, the Pumas answered back only two minutes later when Gabe Huss won a challenge on the flank, and found captain Michael Fallon on a cross who ties the score at 2-2. This is when the Pumas took control of the match.

PVCC found their stride and dominated the remainder of the game. In the 57th minute, only four minutes after their last goal, the Pumas took the lead with an unassisted goal from Victor Bastida. He would scored once again in the 65th minute off an assist from Andre Portela. Relentless in attack, PVCC reasserted their dominance with a fifth goal by Mitchell Phillipy on a through ball from Bastida.

The last two performances by the men's soccer team are proving that their new-found energy and positivity can produce results, and the boys will look to prove it once again in their rematch against Mesa Community College on Thursday, October 3rd at 7pm in Mesa.
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Women’s Soccer

September 26, 2013
PVCC WOMEN DEFEAT SOUTH MOUNTAIN

The PVCC women's soccer team made it 11 wins out of as many matches with a convincing 8-0 win away to South Mountain on Thursday.

The Pumas started with a goal just about five minutes into the match by the conference's leading scorer Nicole Nsa. As PVCC settled into the match, captain Ashley Stein fired home a free kick to make it 2-0. Krisa Duff and Savannah Quintana would also add goals for a 4-0 halftime scoreline.

The second half saw PVCC impose its style on the match and maintain the lion's share of possession. Nsa and Quintana would add second-half goals, while Ashley Johnson added two of her own to complete the 8-0 win. All combined PVCC's offense generated an enormous amount of attack totaling 32 shots on goal.

All three goalkeepers, Rachel Cardwell, Chelsea Abboud and Bailey Seltzer combined for the shutout to maintain PVCC's perfect record thus far.

Next up for the PVCC women is an away rematch with Mesa CC on Thursday, October 3rd, slated for a 4:30pm kick-off.
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News

September 25, 2013
GOOD TIMES AT THE PUMA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT

The PVCC Athletic Department held the 9th Annual PUMA CLASSIC Golf Tournament at The 500 Club on Saturday, September 21. A great time was had by all participants.

The Athletic Department was able to raise over $4,000 for the PVCC Athletics Scholarship and Support Fund. The funds will be used to purchase textbooks and award tuition dollars in direct support of the academic endeavors of our PVCC student-athletes.

On behalf of our student-athletes and teams, we would like to thank all those who participated and supported the event this year. We are grateful for the support of our student-athletes and programs.

See you next year for the 10th Annual PUMA CLASSIC!

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Men’s Soccer

September 21, 2013
PVCC MEN DEFEAT GATEWAY

PVCC's men's soccer team defeated GateWay 4-2 this Saturday night. Determined to turn their season around, the Pumas kicked off the match with high energy and numerous scoring opportunities.

The first half saw PVCC dominate possession and play, but GateWay struck first in the 10th minute off of a corner kick. The Pumas remained positive and continued to play well, but failed to find the net in the first half.

Finally, in the 59th minute, Rafael Mendoza found space behind the Gecko defense and fired a shot off the post. Daniel Contreras followed it up with an assist to Daniel Martinez who put it away to tie the score 1-1. Only a minute later, it was Daniel Contreras again who found Mitchell Phillipy on a through ball between Gateway's defenders, and Phillipy slotted it away to take the lead 2-1.

In the 81st minute, on a controversial call, GateWay equalized on a free kick on the edge of the box. Nevertheless, PVCC battled hard and continued to control the game. Daniel Contreras stepped up once again to score off of a corner from Rafael Mendoza to give the Pumas a 3-2 lead. 30 seconds later, Victor Bastida sealed the victory with a goal off of a rebound from Rafael Mendoza to finalize the scored 4-2.

"I'm so proud of the team today," stated Head Coach Zac Ludwig. "We've had so much heartache and adversity this season. Despite a game filled with so much drama, our boys remained composed and got the well-deserved, overdue victory."

PVCC will look to add another win to the total away at South Mountain, on Thursday, September 26th.
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Women’s Soccer

September 21, 2013
PVCC WOMEN DEFEAT GATEWAY

Playing their 10th match this season and looking to maintain their perfect season, the PVCC Pumas overwhelmed GateWay for a 9-0 victory last night in an away match at Rose Mofford Sports Complex.

The match was barely a minute old when Danielle Leon slammed home the opening goal, and the Pumas attack was relentless for the remaining 89 minutes. Leon would add a second, Nicole Nsa and Ashley Johnson would both add two of their own goals. Halie Claiborne, Erica Peck and goalkeeper/part-time forward Chelsea Abboud would also get on the scoreboard. Notably, Abboud earned the rare distinction of playing a part in the goalkeeping corps to record a shutout and score a goal. Rachel Cardwell, Abboud and Bailey Seltzer all combined for the shutout.

The Pumas next match will be away at South Mountain on Thursday, September 26, 1pm kick-off.
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Men’s Soccer

September 20, 2013
PVCC MEN LOSE TO PHOENIX COLLEGE

PVCC men's soccer team was defeated by Phoenix College yesterday 6-1 in a home match at Cindy Shoenhair Field. The visitors took an early 1-0 lead, but the Pumas fought back to equalize when Diego Vasquez's free kick found Ben Carlos to even the match. The match was tightly contested until the 60-minute mark, but PC's late second half pressure eventually sealed the victory for the Bears.

The next match for the PVCC men will be away this Saturday, September 21st at Rose Mofford Sports Complex vs. GateWay, kick-off is slated for 7pm.
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Women’s Soccer

September 19, 2013
PVCC WOMEN DEFEAT PHOENIX COLLEGE

The PVCC women's soccer team maintained their undefeated season with a 2-0 win at Cindy Shoenhair Field over Phoenix College today. The Pumas are now 9-0 and ranked number one in the nation.

PC put the Pumas under some pressure in the first half as the match became a midfield battle for most of the first 45 minutes. PVCC withstood and came out looking for the victory in the second half. Just five minutes into the half, Krisa Duff completed a combination play with a well-timed final pass to Nicole Nsa who fired the Pumas to a 1-0 lead. Later in the second half, Nsa would return the favor when she played a free kick into the six-yard box that Duff would tuck away to make it 2-0.

"The team is playing as well as it has all season," said Coach Jon Ruzan. "Our versatility in adjusting our style of play will be very important going forward. Today, our halftime adjustments were just what we needed, and all credit to our players for stepping up and executing."

Next up for the top-ranked PVCC Pumas is an away match at Rose Mofford Sports Complex this Saturday, September 21st at 4:30pm vs. GateWay.
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Women’s Soccer

September 16, 2013
FORMER PUMA DOLLER EXCELS AT UA

PVCC Women's Soccer alumnus Ali Doller continues to shine at the University of Arizona. An NJCAA All-American during her stint at PVCC, Doller currently leads the 2013 UA Women's team in scoring as the team experiences a resurgence in both caliber of play and success on the field.

Congratulations Ali and continued success!

http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2013/09/doller-and-change-former-asu-soccer-player-leading-way-for-arizona-091213
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Women’s Soccer

September 14, 2013
PVCC WOMEN'S SOCCER WIN STREAK NOW 8-0

The PVCC women's soccer team has maintained a perfect 8-0 winning record so far this season with a 2-1 win today at home versus Chandler-Gilbert.

Pumas forward Ashley Johnson, who missed Thursday's match at Arizona Western due to illness, led the way and earned both goals for PVCC. Nicole Nsa was the provider of the assists for both of her strike partner's goals.

Chandler-Gilbert came into the match with a 6-1 record sitting in second place in the conference. Looking to depose the champions, the Coyotes competed well in every facet of the game, and brought out some of the Pumas best combination play so far this season.

PVCC struck first in the 37th minute when Johnson collected a pass from Nsa and fired a strike that hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced hard on the ground and spun out, but was judged to have landed past the goal line. In the second half, CGCC would pull one back to even the score at 1-1. The Pumas increased their attacking pressure resulting in a free kick 35 yards out. Nicole Nsa drove the free kick to the back post that found Ashley Johnson and the back of the goal for the winner.

The Pumas next match is at home this Thursday, September 19th vs. Phoenix College, 1pm kickoff.
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Men’s Soccer

September 14, 2013
PVCC MEN LOSE TO CHANDLER-GILBERT

PVCC men's soccer team lost 2-0 today to Chandler-Gilbert. The tight contest was scoreless at halftime. In the second half, the Coyotes would break through for two goals to win the match.

"It was a tough loss," said Coach Zac Ludwig. "We played hard, and much better than in the past few matches despite missing some key players to injury. At full strength, I think it would have been a different game and result."

The Pumas host Phoenix College next Thursday, September 19th for a 3:30pm home match.
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September 12, 2013
2013 PUMA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Join PVCC coaches, student-athletes and staff for the 9th Annual Puma Classic on Saturday, September 21 at the 500 Club in Glendale. This Tournament is a four-player scramble, shotgun start at 7:30am. All proceeds will benefit the Puma Athletic Scholarship Fund. Previous years’ events have raised over $35,000 in scholarship money for eligible PVCC student-athletes.

For a complete tournament brochure, please click here.

To sign up online, please click here.

For more information please call PVCC Athletics, 602-787-7173.

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Women’s Soccer

September 12, 2013
PVCC PUMAS FIND VICTORY IN OT

The PVCC women's soccer team overcame injuries and defensive errors to defeat Arizona Western 3-2 in overtime last night in Yuma in a non-conference match.

In the first-ever meeting between the teams, PVCC took the lead on an Arizona Western own goal, and then scored a second when Savannah Quintana served a cross to Nicole Nsa who headed home for the 2-0 lead. But the Pumas relinquished their lead to a Lady Matadors team patient enough to capitalize on mistakes early in the second half and even the score at 2-2.

The late stages saw heightened attacking pressure by PVCC, but the Pumas could not find the net in regulation time. Overtime proved to be much of the same, and then in the second overtime a Pumas shot was handled by a Lady Matadors defender in the penalty box. Nicole Nsa slotted the penalty kick earning PVCC their second overtime victory this season.

The Pumas host Chandler-Gilbert in their next match this Saturday at 9 a.m.
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Men’s Soccer

September 12, 2013
PVCC MEN'S SOCCER LOSE TO ARIZONA WESTERN

The PVCC men's soccer team continued their tough schedule traveling to Yuma for a match with Arizona Western. The Pumas scrapped but suffered a 5-1 defeat to the nationally-ranked Matadors.

PVCC's lone goal was scored by Daniel Martinez on an assist from Victor Bastida.

The Pumas next match sees them hosting Chandler-Gilbert on Saturday, September 14th at 11am.
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Women’s Soccer

September 10, 2013
PUMAS WIN STREAK CONTINUES WITH WIN AT PIMA

The top-ranked PVCC Pumas continued their winning ways with a 3-0 victory at Pima last night. The team sits atop ACCAC with a 6-0 record.

Ashley Johnson opened the scoring in the 14th minute, and PVCC would hold the lead going into halftime. After a prolonged period struggling to attain midfield supremacy, the Pumas did just that and then broke open the match with a 76th minute goal by the conference's current Player of the Week Nicole Nsa. With the possession foothold regained, the Pumas would cap it off with an 83rd minute goal by Danielle Leon.

The Pumas are in the midst of a tough schedule featuring four matches in seven days, including road trips to Tucson yesterday and tomorrow's trip to Yuma for a non-conference meeting with Arizona Western at 5pm.
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Women’s Soccer

September 7, 2013
PVCC WOMEN BREAKTHROUGH IN O.T. VS GCC

Playing at Cindy Shoenhair Field for the first time this season, the PVCC Pumas won an overtime thriller over Glendale CC today 2-1. Team captain MaKenna George scored the winner from a well-driven cross by Savannah Quintana.

After a run of stunning opponents with early goals in four previous matches, the Pumas could not capitalize on numerous chances in the first half. Determined to come out strong, the PVCC women poured forward early in the second half, but a GCC counterattack led to a goal by GCC's Olivia Gibson in the 48th minute.

Fighting back from a deficit is a rarity for the Pumas, but they did so with determination. Luck was rarely with the PVCC women as they continued to fire and miss; 20 of 22 shots did not find the back of the net in this match. But the relentless attack did come to fruition as Nicole Nsa took a well-timed pass from Ashley Johnson and evened the score in the 67th minute.

PVCC would continue to put pressure on the GCC goal, and the Gauchos' keeper Hallie Eastridge did well to stifle the Pumas for the rest of regulation with numerous saves.

The overtime period would not last long as PVCC's women were determined to break through, and MaKenna George's header won the game, spared the team some blushes, but mostly showed that the Pumas have the talent and the character to find success in all situations.

Next up for the Pumas is a road trip to Tucson to face Pima on Tuesday, September 10t at 4:30pm at the Kino Sports Complex.
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Men’s Soccer

September 7, 2013
PVCC MEN'S SOCCER LAST-MINUTE HEARTBREAK

In a tough game that ended tragically against Glendale Community College, PVCC's men's soccer team nevertheless managed to distinguish themselves.

After PVCC's last contest, the Pumas had something to prove and were determined to make a statement. They did just that. Although the first half found both teams scoreless, the Pumas were winning balls, winning tackles, and creating several chances.

In the second half, PVCC's own Victor Bastida scored in the first 47 seconds to give the Pumas a 1-0 lead. Only a few minutes later, GCC was awarded and scored a controversial penalty kick for a foul in the box, which brought the score to 1-1. For the remainder of the game, PVCC continued to dominate play and create more scoring opportunities than the opposition. However, with less than a minute left, GCC scored off of a deflected ball from PVCC's goalkeeper to end the game 2-1.

"This was a heart-breaker," stated PVCC's head coach, Zac Ludwig. Although a little disappointed in the result, Ludwig had an overall good feeling. "The boys played some of the best soccer I've seen from them and from anyone else in the conference. Unfortunately, we lost the momentum after earning our goal and couldn't put the game away. I am very proud of the guys and their performance today."

The Pumas, had an optimistic attitude after the game and will look to get a positive result against Pima Community College on Tuesday, September 10th in Tucson.
Women’s Soccer

September 5, 2013
PVCC WOMEN PUT ON FOUR STAR PERFORMANCE AT COCHISE

PVCC Women's Soccer team continued their winning streak last night with a 4-0 win at Cochise College, and featured a breakout performance by Pumas forward/midfielder Nicole Nsa who scored all four goals.

The long, tiresome road trip to Douglas did not deter the PVCC women from their usual match objective to find goals early. Nicole Nsa did just that in the eighth minute as she fired a shot that deflected off a defender and snuck inside the near post for the opening goal. Only a few minutes later, defender Amanda McLean's well-timed pass found Nsa who made it 2-0 just 16 minutes into the contest.

Cochise would not relent and looked to penetrate on the flanks, but PVCCs outside backs, team captain Ashley Stein and Halie Claiborne, held steady throughout the match. In the second half, team captain and defender-turned-midfielder MaKenna George would turn in another solid performance as she dominated midfield and held control. Danielle Leon's spirited play and tough tackling added some steel to the Pumas effort.

The PVCC women maintained the majority of possession and thus control of the match in the second half as well. The Pumas eventually continued to wear down Cochise as Nsa would score again in the 75th minute off a deflection, and yet again in the 85th minute with a composed finish.

Rachel Cardwell and Chelsea Abboud combined for their third clean sheet this season. The top-ranked PVCC Pumas are now 4-0 and have conceded only one goal, and have scored 19 goals so far this season.

The PVCC women host Glendale CC this Saturday at 9am.
Men’s Soccer

September 5, 2013
PVCC MEN'S SOCCER DEFEATED BY YAVAPAI

The PVCC men's soccer team were defeated in last night's match at the hands of national powerhouse Yavapai, currently ranked number 5 in the nation. Daniel Martinez scored the Pumas goal in the sixth minute on a cross from Gavin Haggerty in the 9-1 defeat. The Pumas look to rebound in their next match this Saturday, September 7 as they host Glendale CC.
Women’s Soccer

August 31, 2013
PVCC WOMEN'S SOCCER DEFEATS RIVALS

The highly anticipated clash between the PVCC Pumas and Scottsdale was to be the big early test of PVCC's conference supremacy, and the defending champions proved their worth again in a 3-1 victory away at Scottsdale Community College today.

Capitalizing on Coach Ruzan's objective of taking the earliest lead possible to put opponents on their back foot, PVCC's Nicole Nsa put the Pumas on the scoreboard just eleven minutes into the contest on an assist by defender Halie Claiborne. Not much later, Nsa would be the provider for Ashley Johnson's goal in the 22nd minute. With the score already 2-0 and Scottsdale looking for ways to battle back into the game, Nsa once again served a brilliant cross for a sublime glancing header by Erica Gonzalez to make the score 3-0 inside the 37th minute mark.

The second half saw the Pumas possession and pressure frustrate Scottsdale, but the Fighting Artichokes saved some pride and eventually earned a consolation goal in the 83rd minute. But the victory was sealed by a resolute PVCC women's squad who clearly have a penchant for making the most of their early opportunities as they have scored 10 first-half goals in their first three matches.

"It has been an excellent start to the season," said Coach Ruzan. "This year's edition is different than in years' past with a somewhat different style of play but they are not any less focused, perhaps even more focused, as they know what a challenge it is to repeat as National Champions."

The PVCC Women's Soccer team next travel to Cochise Community College on Thursday, September 5, and then host Glendale at home on Saturday, September 7 at 9am.

Men’s Soccer

August 31, 2013
PVCC Men's Soccer Loses in Overtime

The men's soccer team faced Scottsdale Community College on Saturday, August 31 at SCC. Both teams were riding 1-1 records and hoping to end the game a spot higher in the table.

In the first several minutes of the half, PVCC struggled to find their footing, but midway through the first half began to control play. A few chances were created, but the Pumas could not find the net.

Coming out in the second half, PVCC put much more pressure on the Artichokes and had several crosses go unanswered, as well as a number of shots miss the target. Despite out-possessing and out-shooting their opponents, the Pumas were unable to score against Scottsdale's defense.

Scoreless in regular time, PVCC came out firing in overtime, continuing to dominate possession and create scoring opportunities. With two minutes left in the first period of extra time, SCC counter-attacked and lobbed a cross that was met by another attacker sneaking in the back post to end the game 1-0.

Although feeling robbed by the soccer gods, PVCC remains in good spirits going into their match against Yavapai this coming Thursday, September 5.
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Women’s Soccer

August 29, 2013
PVCC PUMAS DEFEAT MESA

PVCC Women's Soccer team recorded their second straight shutout victory of the season in a 3-0 win over Mesa on Thursday night at Reach 11.

Erica Gonzalez opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the seventh minute, and then would add another in the 36th minute on an assist from Adriana Perez. Nicole Nsa tucked away a driven free kick by captain Ashley Stein in the 15th minute.

Goalkeepers Rachel Cardwell and Chelsea Abboud combined for the clean sheet. The top-ranked Pumas maintain an unblemished 2-0 record going into their rivalry match at Scottsdale CC this Saturday morning slated for a 10am kick-off.
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Men’s Soccer

August 29, 2013
PVCC MEN'S SOCCER HELD SCORELESS BY MESA

PVCC men's soccer team played a highly competitive match against Mesa Community College, battling hard every minute of the match but fell 3-0 to Mesa at Reach 11 tonight. The Pumas created numerous chances, controlled much of the play, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Mesa capitalized early on PVCC defensive errors, making it a 2-0 game at halftime. In the second half, PVCC's constant pressure earned them the better of play but they could not break through.
In the 88th minute, Mesa scored on a free kick from just outside the penalty area to complete their 3-0 victory at Reach 11.

Head Coach Zac Ludwig remained optimistic after the game. "Our boys played well overall," he said. "A couple bad plays gave it away, but if we build on the quality play and solid effort we gave tonight, we will be a force to be reckoned with. We just need learn from this and move on to our next match."

PVCC plays Scottsdale Community College this Saturday at SCC at 12:30pm.
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Men’s Golf

August 23, 2013
MEN'S GOLF HIRES NEW COACH

The Pumas have hired Randy Wittig to head their men's golf program. Randy, a native of Arizona, currently serves as the Director of Instruction at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ.

Wittig brings 34 years of golf industry experience to the Puma program. He is a Southwest Section PGA member. He is active in PGA competative events as well as in PGA philanthropy.

Welcome Coach Wittig! Go Pumas!
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Men’s Soccer

August 23, 2013
MEN'S SOCCER WINS SEASON OPENER

PVCC's men's soccer team opened the 2013 season with a 2-0 victory over South Mountain CC. It was a hard-fought, competitive match, as both teams had something to prove with the new season underway.

Although the score was tied for the majority of the game, the Pumas consistently controlled the game, slowly breaking down the opponent. The tie was finally broken in the 69th minute, when Victor Bastida played a ball through to Daniel Martinez, where he slotted it in for a goal.

Martinez solidified the victory with a second goal assisted by Mitchell Phillipy in the 82nd minute, in which he buried an unstoppable volley into the top of the net.

The Pumas are now focused on their next opponent, Mesa Community College, who they will host at Reach 11 Sports Complex on Thursday, August 29 at 8:00pm.
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Women’s Soccer

August 14, 2013
PV PRE-SEASON #1

There is room for speculation and debate regarding most pre-season polls, but it is generally considered better to be ranked than not. PV's women's soccer team is not only ranked they are the nation's #1 team in the NJCAA pre-season poll released earlier today.

The lofty ranking is not undeserved though as the Pumas finished last by capturing the program's second National Championship in three years. PV's women won their first National championship in 2010.

The 2013 Pumas will look to establish their own identity and accomplishments. 12 sophomores return from last year, including National Tournament Most Valuable Defender, Makenna George.

PV opens conference play Thursday, August 22 against South Mountain at the Reach 11 Sports Complex at 6pm. Mesa then visits PV on August 29 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex at 6pm.

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Women’s Tennis

July 29, 2013
WOMEN'S TENNIS HIRES NEW COACH

The Pumas have hired former men's tennis academic All-American, NJCAA national quarterfinalist, and PVCC men's tennis assistant coach Feroz Rast to lead the women's program.

Rast, who left to become the coach of a local high school three years ago, looks to build the PVCC program. Rast wants to bring a new attitude and focus to the tennis program and looks forward to building a contender.

If you are interested in joing the PVCC Women's Tennis team, please call 602-787-7173 or email christina.hundley@paradisevalley.edu.

GO PUMAS!
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Women’s Soccer

July 16, 2013
10th ANNUAL SARAH SHARPE ALUMNI GAME

Join the 2012 NJCAA National Champion Pumas for the 10th annual Sarah Sharpe women's soccer alumni game!

Date: Friday, August 9, 2013
Time: Kickoff at 7:00pm
Place: Reach 11 Sports Complex, Championship Field
(Cave Creek & Deer Valley)

Please RSVP, and for more information, please contact Christina Hundley or Greg Silcox in the PV Athletic Department.

(O) 602-787-7173
christina.hundley@paradisevalley.edu

See you there!


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News

June 18, 2013
NJCAA ANNOUNCES 2012-13 ACADEMIC AWARD WINNERS

The NJCAA released the names of the 2012-2013 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards as well as the NJCAA All-Academic Teams Awards. This academic year PVCC posted the most Student-Athletes and Teams for NJCAA academic awards in department history.

Nine PVCC teams were honored as 2012-2013 All-Academic Teams.
Men's Tennis - 3.31 GPA
Softball - 3.29 GPA
Women's Soccer - 3.26 GPA
Women's Cross Country - 3.15 GPA
Women's Outdoor Track & Field - 3.06 GPA
Men's Cross Country - 3.03 GPA
Men's Indoor Track & Field - 3.02 GPA
Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field - 3.01 GPA

The Pumas also represented well with 14 individuals garnering 2012-2013 Academic Student-Athlete Awards.

Superior Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
Makenna George - Soccer
Sarah Gaalswijk - Softball
Kristofer Ayers - Baseball

Exemplary Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
Austin Shetterly - Baseball
Tayven Townsend - Tennis
Andreina Friedman - Tennis
Joseph Horn - Baseball
Krisa Duff - Soccer
Nicholas Sornsin - Baseball
Matthew Whitlatch - Cross Country/Track & Field
Tessalin Hamberlin - Soccer
Gino DiGiacinto-Hillis - Tennis
Caleb McKinnon - Baseball
Roxanne Messier - Softball

Academic Student-Athlete Awards are awarded as follows.
NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence
(4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement
(3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement
(3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)

All-Academic Team Awards are awarded to teams that post a 3.0 GPA or higher.

To see a list of all NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards and All-Academic Team Awards please click below.

2012-2013 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards

2012-2013 NJCAA All-Academic Teams

WELL DONE PUMAS!
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Softball

May 30, 2013
NJCAA ALL-AMERICAN ERIKA TAPIA

To top her Region and Conference accolades for the 2013 season, Puma Softball sophomore Erika Tapia is among 39 players nationally to be named an NJCAA All-American. She is one of 13 to be awarded First Team distinction.

Tapia led the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) batting .542 and with 77 hits. She was in the top five with 19 doubles. Tapia was also among the conferences top 10 with 44 RBI's and 10 home runs.

In her one season with the Pumas, Tapia broke numerous school hitting records. She topped the program record book batting .535 with 84 hits and an on base percentage of .600. She is second in doubles (21) and runs scored (50) while she is third in home runs (10). Tapia was also a force on the rubber for the Pumas. She is second in the record books in strikeouts (152) and wins (13) while she is third in innings pitched (175).

Tapia has committed to University of Arizona to continue her college career next year.

CONGRATULATIONS ERIKA!

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Softball

May 13, 2013
BASEBALL OPEN TRYOUT MAY 18

Paradise Valley CC and GateWay CC baseball programs will be conducting an open tryout at 9:00am, Saturday, May 18, 2013. Sign-ups for the baseball tryout will begin at 8:00am. The tryout will be held at the Paradise Valley CC baseball field. There is a $10.00 charge to attend.

Each player must provide their own workout clothes, baseball spikes and glove. PVCC & GWCC Baseball will provide Baum bats, baseballs and other needed equipment for use during the tryout.

IMPORTANT
Each participant will need to complete an Assumption of Risk Form and a Contact Information Form. If the student-athlete is under 18 years of age, a parent must also sign these forms. The forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate. You can download the forms below.

Also required to participate is a copy of a physical dated within the past year. Physicals dated prior to May 18, 2012 will not be accepted. Physicals must include Doctor’s signature and clearance to participate in athletics. PVCC Athletic Trainers will be present to clear participants. Anyone without the appropriate paperwork will not be allowed to participate in this tryout.

2013 Baseball Tryout Forms

Please call or email with any question.
Victor Solis - PVCC Baseball Head Coach
602-787-7031
victor.solis@pvmail.maricopa.edu

Rob Shabansky - GWCC Baseball Head Coach
602-286-8215
robert.shabansky@gwmail.maricopa.edu

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Softball

May 13, 2013
SOFTBALL OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, MAY 18

The Paradise Valley CC softball program will be conducting an open tryout at 9:00am, Saturday, May 18, 2013. Sign-ups for the softball tryout will begin at 8:00am. The tryout will be held at the Paradise Valley CC softball field.

Each player must provide their own workout clothes, spikes and glove. PVCC softball will provide bats, balls and other needed equipment for use during the tryout.

IMPORTANT
Each participant will need to complete an Assumption of Risk Form and a Contact Information Form. If the student-athlete is under 18 years of age, a parent must also sign these forms. The forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate. You can download the forms below.

Also required to participate is a copy of a physical dated within the past year. Physicals dated prior to May 18, 2012 will not be accepted. Physicals must include Doctor’s signature and clearance to participate in athletics. PVCC Athletic Trainers will be present to clear participants. Anyone without the appropriate paperwork will not be allowed to participate in this tryout.

2013 Softball Tryout Forms

Please call or email with any question.
Nick Candrea - PVCC Softball Head Coach
602-787-7173
pvccsoftball@pvmail.maricopa.edu


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May 13, 2013
NATYCAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) has announced the recipients of its annual NATYCAA Scholar-Athlete Award. Two Pumas have been honored by the organization this year. Criteria for the award include a minimum 3.6 GPA and selection for All-Conference, All-Region or All-American honors in their respective sport.

Puma Men’s Cross Country and Track student-athlete Matt Whitlatch has been honored as the 2013 NATYCAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Whitlatch was a member of the 2011 NJCAA Men’s Cross Country National Championship team. He was an NJCAA Academic Achievement Honoree in 2011-2012 for his performance in the classroom. In 2012 he was selected to the NJCAA Cross Country All-American Honorable Mention team for his performance on the course.

Puma Women’s Soccer student-athlete Tessalin Hamberlin was selected as a 2013 NATYCAA Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention recipient. Hamberlin was a member of the 2012 NJCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship team. She was also the 2012 NJCAA National Championship Tournament Most Valuable Goalkeeper.

Whitlatch will be honored as the 2013 NATYCAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at a luncheon to be held during the 2013 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention to be held in Orlando, June 10-15.

CONGRATULATIONS PUMAS!

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Men’s Tennis

May 10, 2013
MEN'S TENNIS HEADED TO NATIONALS

The men's tennis team has qualified for the National Tournament to be held in Plano, Texas May 13-17.

Nino Newberry led the way in Regional competition by winning the flight six singles, with three wins on his way to the finals. Others earning points were Gino DiGiacinto-Hillis (singles and doubles) and Eric Mateer (doubles).

The team will leave Saturday, May 11 to play in Plano, Texas. To keep up with the National Tournament please click here.

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Men’s Tennis

May 10, 2013
SPECIAL DAY AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS

On Saturday, April 27 the men's tennis team showed their support for the Arizona Special Olympics. The players were involved by directing the on-court skills competition for the athletes. They also acted as chair umpires for the singles tournament that followed. This was the seventh year that the tennis program has volunteered to help in the state tournament. A special day was shared by all!

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May 10, 2013
POST SEASON ACCOLADES FOR PUMA GOLF

Puma women’s golfer Leah Marlow and Puma men’s golfer Hayden Breen have both garnered awards for their performances during the 2013 season.

Leah Marlow was named to the DI All-Region Team as well as 1st Team All-Conference. Leah qualified to compete in the National Tournament being held at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, AZ May 13-16.

Hayden Breen was named to the DII All-Region team. Hayden placed 9th in the Regional Tournament.

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Softball

May 1, 2013
POST SEASON AWARDS KEEP COMING

Puma Erika Tapia has received post season accolades for her stellar performance this season. Tapia was named First Team All-Region as well as named First Team All-Conference for 2013.

Tapia led the conference batting .542 and with 77 hits. She was in the top five with 19 doubles. Tapia was also among the conference’s top 10 with 44 RBI's and 10 home runs.

Tapia has committed to University of Arizona to continue her college career next year.

CONGRATS ERIKA!

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Softball

April 30, 2013
POST SEASON AWARDS

Three Pumas have garnered post season Region and Conference honors this year.

Tyler Krause and Joey Bielek were both named First Team All-Region for their performances this season. Conor Clancey was honored with a Second Team All-Region nomination. Krause and Bielek were also named second team All-Conference.

Krause ranked among the top 10 in the conference batting .378 and Bielek ranked among the top 20 in the conference batting .344 . Krause led the conference in doubles (14) and triples (6). He was also among the top five in the conference in hits (59), RBI's (32) and runs (35) . Bielek was among the top 10 in RBI's (31) while hitting 3 home runs. Clancy led the conference in home runs (9) while placing among the top five in RBI's (33).

All sophomores, they will continue their college careers next year at other institutions. Bielek has signed with Arizona State University while Krause has signed with University of Arizona. Clancey is still weighing his options.

CONGRATS PUMAS!
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April 30, 2013
SEVEN STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS

On Wednesday, April 24 the Student Leadership Council and The Office of Student Life and Leadership presented the Student Leadership Awards to outstanding PVCC students at the 14th Annual Student Recognition Celebration. Seven student-athletes were among those recognized at this year's celebration.

Devon Quick (Women's Track) was honored as one of three recipients of the Golden Puma Distinguished Student Leadership Award. This award, the highest bestowed upon three students annually, recognizes model students who have integrated academic excellence with achievement in areas such as leadership, athletics, community service, fine and performing arts, entrepreneurship and career achievement.

Puma Paw Student Leader Awards were bestowed upon four sophomores (two male/two female) and two freshmen (one male/one female) student-athletes. The Student Leader Award is reserved for students who demonstrate superior college and/or community involvement. This year's sophomore recipients were: Sara Gaalswijk (Softball), Tesa Hamberlin (Women's Soccer), Austin Shetterly (Baseball) and Tayven Townsend (Men's Tennis). The Freshmen recipients were Halie Claiborne (Women's Soccer) and Conrad White (Men's Golf).

Congratulations to all of our outstanding Puma student-athletes!

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Softball

April 27, 2013
PLAYOFF PUMAS

For the first time in program history, Puma Softball has qualified for post seson play. They will participatebin a double elimination tournament starting Friday, May 3. The tournament will be hosted by Phoenix College. Stay tuned for game times and more information. Congratulations Pumas!
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Softball

April 16, 2013
FORMER PUMAS THRIVE IN TEXAS

Former Pumas Quaid McKinnon and Ryan Greer are enjoying their time playing for Angelo State University (ASU) in Texas. Both are seniors at ASU and have started all 68 games since joining the Rams last season.

While at PV, Greer was named 2011 2nd Team All-Region and 2011 2nd Team All-Conference. McKinnon was the starting catcher for PV in 2010 and 2011. Both student-athletes were members of the Puma team that played in the 2010 NJCAA DII College World Series in Enid, OK.

Read more about McKinnon and Greer here

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Softball

April 9, 2013
FORMER PUMA REYNOLDS ENJOYS SUCCESS

Former Puma Mike Reynolds continues to experience great success as the starting shortstop at Texas A&M University. The 2011 Puma was an All-ACCAC selection, an MLB draftee, and is in his senior season as an Aggie.

Read more about Mike Reynolds in this article featured by aggiesports.com
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Women’s Soccer

March 2, 2013
Video Feature - Women's Soccer

The video montage linked below provides a tremendous 'finishing touch' to the 2012 National Championship season for PV's Women's Soccer team.

PVCC Women's Soccer Team Video

Kudos and thanks to Miguel Salcido and the PVCC Marketing office for compiling and producing the video.


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Track & Field

January 26, 2013
CANCELLED TRACK MEET

Due to the weather, today's track meet has been cancelled.

Please check back for information on possibly rescheduling.

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Track & Field

January 11, 2013
2013 HOME TRACK MEET INFORMATION

PVCC track and Field will host three meets in 2013. They will host two indoor meets and one outdoor meet.

For information on these meets please click the following.

January 19, 2013 - Puma Indoor

January 25-26, 2013 - PVCC Indoor

March 28-30, 2013 - PVCC Outdoor

Women’s Soccer

September 26, 2012
PVCC WOMEN ROLL ON VS. SOUTH MOUNTAIN

The PVCC women's soccer team made it 11 wins out of as many matches with a convincing 8-0 win away to South Mountain on Thursday.

The Pumas started with a goal just about five minutes into the match by the conference's leading scorer Nicole Nsa. As PVCC settled into the match, captain Ashley Stein fired home a free kick to make it 2-0. Krisa Duff and Savannah Quintana would also add goals for a 4-0 halftime scoreline.

The second half saw PVCC impose its style on the match and maintain the lion's share of possession. Nsa and Quintana would add second-half goals, while Ashley Johnson added two of her own to complete the 8-0 win. All combined PVCC's offense generated an enormous amount of attack totaling 32 shots on goal.

All three goalkeepers, Rachel Cardwell, Chelsea Abboud and Bailey Seltzer combined for the shutout to maintain PVCC's perfect record thus far.

Next up for the PVCC women is an away rematch with Mesa CC on Thursday, October 3rd, slated for a 1pm kick-off.

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April 30, 2012
SEVEN STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS

On Wednesday, April 24 the Student Leadership Council and The Office of Student Life and Leadership presented the Student Leadership Awards to outstanding PVCC students at the 14th Annual Student Recognition Celebration. Seven student-athletes were among those recognized at this year's celebration.

Devon Quick (Women's Track) was honored as one of three recipients of the Golden Puma Distinguished Student Leadership Award. This award, the highest bestowed upon three students annually, recognizes model students who have integrated academic excellence with achievement in areas such as leadership, athletics, community service, fine and performing arts, entrepreneurship and career achievement.

Puma Paw Student Leader Award were bestowed upon four sophomores (two male/two female) and two freshmen (one male/one female). The Student Leader award is reserved for students who demonstrate superior college and/or community involvement. This year's sophomore recipients were: Sara Gaalswijk (Softball), Tesa Hamberlin (Women's Soccer), Austin Shetterly (Baseball) and Tayven Townsend (Men's Tennis). The Freshmen recipients were Halie Claiborne (Women's Soccer) and Conrad White (Men's Golf).

Congratulations to all of our outstanding Puma student-athletes!






Women’s Soccer


FORMER PUMA DOLLER CONTINUES TO SHINE AT UA

Former PVCC Women's Soccer All-American Ali Doller continues to excel at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The junior forward is the team's leading scorer. Congratulations Ali and continued success!

http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2013/09/doller-and-change-former-asu-soccer-player-leading-way-for-arizona-091213
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HOPKINSON HONORED

Paradise Valley Community College Women's Soccer assistant coach David Hopkinson was recently selected as the Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the NSCAA, National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Hopkinson, in his first year as a coach at PVCC, played an integral role in the Puma (21-1-2) women advancing to their 2nd NJCAA National tournament in 3 years and 3rd in 4 years. Hopkinson is 1 of 4 finalists for the 2013 National Junior College Assistant Coach of the Year. The official announcement of the National Junior College Assistant Coach of the Year winner will be made on the NSCAA's 12/17/2013 College Highlight Show.

Congratulations David and good luck as a finalist!