Bears’ 2014 Men’s and Women’s Soccer schedules released
Open on road at Scottsdale August 23rd; bring up lights at Hogan Field at Hoy Stadium for first time August 28th
Phoenix, Arizona – July 2, 2014 -- Phoenix College has announced that the 2014 PC Men’s & Women’s Soccer schedules have been released. The Bears’ Men’s team-who are coming off a historic season that saw them become the first team in the history of Maricopa County to win an ACCAC Regular Season title outright last October-will take the field first on the road August 23rdat Scottsdale Community College. The Bears’ Women’s team-who reached the Region I Playoffs for the ninth time in the last decade last season-will then take to the pitch to battle their archrivals from Scottsdale right after the men complete the first half of the doubleheader that night. They’ll both then kick off the home side of their schedules five nights later at Hogan Field at Hoy Stadium on the Phoenix College campus against Gateway Community College in an ACCAC doubleheader.
For the men’s team, it will be a bit of an adjustment for Bears’ Head Men’s Soccer Coach David Cameron’s squad as (per ACCAC rules), the men’s team will lead off every conference twin bill in 2014. That won’t be as big an adjustment, though, as the proverbial bulls-eye that they will now collectively wear as they become the team to beat in the conference. The 2013 Bears set school records for the most wins in a single season (16), and became the first Maricopa County squad to not only win the regular season title but also host the Region I Finals. Cameron-who also took home ACCAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career last October-expects to bring back 12 sophomores from that historic team, including his leading goal scorer from 2013, Anthony Tokpah (TOHK-pah); a pair of seven-goal scorers last year, Roberto Carrizosa (kah-ree-SOH-sah) and Jesus Zazueta (sah-SWEH-tah), and returning starters Aidan Raj, Roberto Valenzuela, Jason Arollo, Nathan Fisk, Alexis Flores, Sergio Rizo, and Johnny Dunbar. Cameron’s squad now aims for its eighth Region I Playoff berth in Cameron’s decade at the helm of the program.
For the women’s squad, it will be a rather different-looking roster than the one that walked off the field in Chandler last October at the Region I Women’s Quarterfinals. PC Head Women’s Soccer Coach Chris Sagar has overhauled the squad, looking for young, quick scorers to replace the offensive punch of the now-graduated NJCAA All-American forward, Jasmine Arollo. Returning sophomores Daniella Petersen, Yesenia Zavala and Alexis Fernandez will all look to keep the starting jobs they secured last year, but will be pushed by 13 talented freshmen. The Bears will be shooting for their 3rdstraight postseason appearance when they take the field for preseason drills in early August.
The teams will actually commence the 2014-15 Bear Athletics’ season when the men hit the pitch on Saturday afternoon, August 23rd, when they take on the Artichokes in a 6PM kickoff at Scottsdale Community College. The women will follow with their matchup at 8PM. The home debut happens Thursday night, August 28th, when the Bears’ men debut in front of the home crowd at Hogan Field at Hoy Stadium (15thAvenue just north of Thomas Road) to kick off the first home doubleheader of the season by hosting the Gateway Geckos at 6PM, with the women’s teams to follow at 8PM. Admission prices for all PC Soccer home doubleheaders are as follows: $5 for adults; $3 for students with a valid ID; and kids 12 and under get in FREE.
Click HERE to see the full Bears' Men's Soccer schedule
Click HERE to see the full Bears' Women's Soccer schedule