The Phoenix College Bears' Volleyball team got their 2013 season off to a strong start by winning three out of four games at the season-opening New Mexico Military Institute Volleyball Classic in Roswell Friday and Saturday. The Bears had to go the distance in three of their four matches. They split a pair of five-game marathons Friday, outlasting the host NMMI Broncos in five before running out of gas in the 5th game against Clarendon College (TX). The Bears bounced back strong on the tournament's final day, sweeping Dodge City (KS) in 3 sets Saturday morning before closing out play with a 5-game non-conference win over ACCAC rival South Mountain Saturday afternoon. The Bears now have five days off to get ready for their conference opener this Friday night at Scottsdale. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.
It was a night of late-game comebacks for the Phoenix College Bears' Men's & Women's Soccer teams to ensure a successful pair of home openers.
In the first game, the Bears' women officially welcomed the ACCAC's newest women's soccer program from Arizona Western College in Yuma to the fold with a 2-1 win. The Bears never trailed, taking a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the match-thanks to Jasmine Arollo's 4th assist of year already, setting up Amy Gutierrez with her first goal of the season. After going into the halftime locker room tied at 1-1 (thanks to AWC's Kristian Sanford putting her name in the Matador record books as the first goal scorer in team history in the 32nd minute), the two teams battled until the 74th minute, when PC's Yesenia Zavala put through the game-winner on a header. PC goalkeeper Cecilia Duarte took care of the rest with 7 saves on the night.
In the nightcap, Dave Cameron's men's team ended two years of frustration at the hands of the archrival Matadors with a thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind win. The Matadors jumped on PC immediately after the opening kick, with AWC's Eti Tavares scoring just 28 seconds in. The Matadors' Armando Herrera gave AWC some breathing room with the team's second goal in the 23rd minute. But after spending much of the first 30 minutes of the match playing tentatively, the Bears-who came into the game having set a new program record with 10 goals in their opener against Gateway Thursday-finally put it into gear right before the half. Jesus Zazueta sped down the field in the final minute, and put the Bears' first goal on the board with just :13 left before the intermission. The Matadors got that goal back 10 minutes into the 2nd half, but started to show signs of fatigue as the Bears' depth began to shift play towards the Matadors' end of the field for most of the last 30 minutes of the match. As a result, the Bears put together a three-goal barrage in the span of 18 minutes, thanks to a pair of goals by PC's Josue Henriquez to tie it, then off a deflection, the Bears' Sakae Iohara put them over the top in the 84th minute to ice the 4-3 win.
Both Bears' teams are a perfect 2-0 on the season, and will finish out the homestand with a conference clash against Scottsdale at Hogan Field at Hoy Stadium on the PC Campus. The women will kick things off starting at 6PM, with the men to follow at 8PM.
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