Thursday, October 31, 2019

On Monday, October 28, the Pumas traveled to Yuma as the fifth seed in the region playoffs to take on #4 Arizona Western. Representing PV in the men's playoffs for the first time in seven years, 2012 was their last appearance, the Pumas were poised for a fight in Yuma but fell to the Matadors 3-0.  The 2012 season was the last time PV Men’s Soccer earned a spot in the NJCAA Region I playoffs. 

The Pumas earned their playoff spot with a 5-4-1 record in ACCAC competition. Monday's match-up was the third time the Pumas and Matadors faced off this season. AWC entered the match having beat PV both times they played during the regular season. The first match was a 3-1 loss in Yuma in a non-conference game, and the second was a 4-2 loss to open conference play at PV.  The Pumas have proven to be one of the few squads to have scored multiple goals against the Matadors in a conference match this season and looked to capitalize in this third opportunity.

Arizona Western scored essential goals in the first four minutes of each half and added an insurance goal late in the game.

Despite bowing out in the first round of playoffs, the Pumas had a very successful season. They finished the season with a conference record of 5-4-1 and an overall record of 8-10-1. Of the 10 losses, eight of them were against teams ranked in the top 20 in the NJCAA poll.

Highlights of the season include beating 12th ranked Yavapai at home 1-0. The only other time the Pumas defeated the Roughriders was in 2005. David Case was named to the ACCAC/NJCAA Region 1 First Team, and Bruno Gomez and Bailey Moore were named Honorable Mention. 2015 was the last time the Pumas had a first-team honoree.

The future looks bright for Puma Men’s Soccer.  They will to be returning the core of the team, including eight starters.