Gaona Nets Two Goals in the Second Half as Men's Soccer Rallies to Beat Phoenix College

Gaona Nets Two Goals in the Second Half as Men's Soccer Rallies to Beat Phoenix College

The Pima Community College men's soccer team (3-0, 3-0 in ACCAC) faced its toughest test of the early season on Tuesday but found a way to stay undefeated.

The No. 5 ranked Aztecs defeated No. 17 Phoenix College 2-1 after scoring two second half goals to complete the comeback.

Down 1-0, the Aztecs got a spark from freshman Julian Gaona (Tucson Magnet HS). He scored his first goal on a shot to the upper right corner to tie the game in the 64th minute. He hit the game-winner in the 79th minute on a tap shot as fellow freshman Gavino Carranza (Salpointe Catholic HS) had the cross-pass assist.

Kalvin Parr scored the only goal in the first half for the Bears (2-1, 2-1) to give them a 1-0 lead at the break. The Aztecs had three shots on goal late in the half but couldn't put one in.

The Aztecs outshot the Bears 7-6 for the game. Sophomore Taylor Anderson (Salpointe Catholic HS) finished with three saves.

The Aztecs face another tough test on Saturday when they play at No. 8 Yavapai College in Prescott at 6:00 p.m.

Pima goals: Gaona 64th minute; Gaona (Carranza) 79th minute.

Julian Gaona/Photo by Ben Carbajal