The Paradise Valley Community College women's soccer team (25-0-1) are the 2016 NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Champions! The Pumas defeated Tyler Junior College (22-3-1) 3-1 on Saturday, November 19 to claim their third title in seven years.
Coming off of a thrilling victory in the semifinals, the Pumas kept the momentum going when freshman Jacey Duncan scored on an unassisted corner kick in just the third minute of the championship game, giving the Pumas a 1-0 lead. Sophomore captain Janessa Dunbar continued the surge when she scored on a penalty kick in the 50th minute of the game to extend the Pumas' lead to 2-0. The Apaches from Texas weren't quick to give up and they shortened the Pumas' lead to 2-1 in the 79th minute with a goal by O'Shay Nelson. With a penalty just outside of Tyler's box in the 88th minute, the nation's leading scorer, sophomore Jamie Lurato, scored her 50th goal of the season to put the Pumas up 3-1 giving them more than enough cushion to secure the national title.
Puma Goalkeeper, Arielle Perez continued her stellar play recording six saves and earning Defensive MVP honors for the tournament. Freshman midfielder Karina Lopez-Martinez was named Offensive MVP of the tournament after posting three goals and one assist during the tournament. Luarto and fellow sophomore America Garcia were named to the All-Tournament Team and Coach Jon Ruzan was named Coach of the Tournament.
The last time the Pumas faced the Apaches was in the 2010 National Championship game when the Pumas won their first national title.
Tournament Information can be found HERE
GREAT WORK PUMAS!