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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.
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.
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
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 .
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
updated: December 13, 2013
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