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Gaona nets goal but Pima men's soccer let game slip away late

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (2-1, 2-1 in ACCAC) suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday.

The No. 13 Aztecs fell 2-1 to No. 17-ranked Phoenix College. This was the first time these teams met since the Region I, Division I championship game last season.

After a scoreless first half, the Bears struck first to take a 1-0 lead but the Aztecs responded nine minutes later when sophomore Julian Gaona (Tucson HS) tied the game in the 68th minute with an assist from freshman Kaskile Zawadi (Cholla HS). The Bears broke the tie for good with a goal in the 85th minute.

The Aztecs finished with eight shots on goal and freshman goalkeeper David Silva had five saves.

The Aztecs will host No. 9 Yavapai College on Friday at the Kino North Grandstand. The game is set for a 7 p.m. start time.

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Sophomore Julian Gaona (Tucson HS) scored the only goal for the Aztecs in the 68th minute to tie the game at 1-1. The Aztecs fell 2-1 and dropped to 2-1 on the season.

(17) Phoenix College Bears 2, (13) Pima CC Aztecs 1

Pima goals: Gaona (Zawadi) 68th minute.