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Bears earn first ACCAC Men’s Soccer Regular Season title in program’s history

October 28, 2013

1-1 tie Saturday with Glendale earns PC #1 seed in Region I Playoffs for first time ever

 

Phoenix, Arizona – October 28, 2013 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that the Bears’ Men’s Soccer has won the ACCAC Men’s Soccer Regular Season Title outright for the first time in the program’s history.  They achieved the feat by virtue of their 1-1 tie Saturday night against Glendale in the regular season finale at Hogan Field at Hoy Stadium on the PC campus.  The tie gave the Bears a finishing overall and conference record of 15 wins, 1 loss and 4 ties, giving them a total of 49 points, one better than Yavapai College’s 48 points for their 15-2-3 finishing mark.  The title means that the Bears earned the #1 top seed in this week’s Region I Men’s Soccer Playoffs for the first time ever, and also earn a first-round bye.  The achievement is also historic as the Bears become the first ACCAC Men’s Soccer team from Maricopa County to ever win the ACCAC Men’s Soccer Regular Season title, and are only the fourth team ever to win the conference (following Yavapai, Pima Community College and Arizona Western College).

It’s not the first time that the Bears have clinched at least a share of the regular season title, since they tied Yavapai in 2009-each with 48 points.  However, this year’s feat may be even more satisfying for PC Men’s Head Soccer Coach David Cameron, since his ’09 team had to finish with a flurry just to catch the Roughriders, whereas his team this year has been in line to clinch the title and jockeying with Yavapai for the top seed throughout the month of October.  Saturday’s finishing score was the fourth time in the last six matches that the Bears had finished in a tie score, which many thought could be the reason that the Bears wouldn’t finish on top.

Instead, that ability to stay even instead of falling short wound up putting the Bears over the top after Yavapai’s loss Thursday at Arizona Western gave the Bears the ability to clinch the title as long as PC didn’t lose the Saturday matchup with GCC.  Both teams scored midway through the 2nd half, but found scoring opportunities increasingly difficult after that, with the Gauchos unable to even get a shot on goal in either of the two ten-minute overtime periods.  Finally, when the final horn sounded Saturday, the Bears were able to celebrate their first outright title.

The Bears’ next goal is to win their first-ever Region I Championship, which will require two more wins this week.  The top-seeded Bears begin the quest Wednesday night at 6PM as they host Arizona Western in the Region I Semifinals at Rose Mofford Sports Complex (9833 North 25thAvenue (north of Dunlap Avenue) in Phoenix).  The 4th-seeded Matadors reached the semifinal round after defeating 5th-seeded Glendale, 1-0, Monday night in the Region I Quarterfinals in Yuma.  The Bears swept the Matadors in their regular season series this year, coming from behind to win PC’s home opener, 4-3, back on August 24th; then matching the same goal total in a 4-2 win over AWC in Yuma on September 28th.  A Bears’ win Wednesday would put them as the host of the Region I Finals Saturday night at 6PM at Rose Mofford Sports Complex.  Per Region I rules, no passes are allowed, so admission prices are $5 for adults, & $3 for students with a valid ID.