Pima CC Aztecs

Valenzuela and Montealegre each net two goals as Aztecs Men’s Soccer tops Rock Valley College in Pool D play

Nico Valenzuela and Jose Luis Martin Montealegre/Photos by Steve Escobar

(Tucson, AZ)  The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (13-2-1) opened play in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on Monday at the Kino North Grandstand.

The No. 5 seeded Aztecs scored four goals in the first half and went on to beat No. 9 seed Rock Valley College 5-1 in Pool D play.

Freshman Jose Luis Martin Montealegre put the Aztecs on the scoreboard in the 13th as he scored on a header just outside the box as freshman Brandon Sanchez (Canyon del Oro HS) put the ball in play on a free kick.

Freshman Nico Valenzuela (Salpointe Catholic HS) scored a left-footed shot outside the box to make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute. He netted his second goal in the 34th minute when he got a cross pass from Montealegre inside the box and drove in his shot to make it a three-goal advantage.

Montealegre capped off the first half with his goal at the 5:46 mark when he scored with an assist from sophomore Stetson Milligan (Cienega HS).

Sophomore Victor Loredo (Metro Tech) capped off Pima’s scoring as he drew a foul inside the box and finished the play by scoring on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute.

The Golden Eagles got on the board with a goal by Max Rebori in the 60th minute.

Sophomore James Lynch (Salpointe Catholic HS) finished the game with no saves as the Aztecs held Rock Valley to four total shots. The Aztecs finished with nine shots.

The Aztecs will play No. 4 seeded Iowa Lakes Community College on Tuesday at the Kino North Stadium. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. The winner will head to the National Semifinals.

Pima goals: Jose Luis Martin Montealegre (Brandon Sanchez) 13th minute; Nico Valenzuela 22ndminute; Valenzuela (Montealegre) 34th minute; Montealegre (Steton Milligan) 39th minute; Victor Loredo (penalty kick) 73rd minute.

Press Release courtesy of Pima Aztec Athletics – Raymond Suarez 


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