Young Gauchos fall to more experienced Aztecs


By Nick Spooner

Sports Editor

The Glendale Community College Women’s soccer team suffered a tough 14-1 loss Sept. 12 against the Pima Community College Aztecs.

The Gauchos surrendered nine first half goals and both Pima’s Alexis Hernandez and Jahmonique Smith recorded hat tricks in the first half. Hernandez and Smith both finished the game with five and four goals respectively.

“We said our goal for each game is to establish the tone and the tempo in the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately, we were not able to do that, and in a game like soccer where you play 90 minutes, when we don’t do that we get score lines like this,” Gauchos head coach, Alehandro Luna, said.

Despite falling behind early, the Gauchos were able to regroup and play much better in the second half.

Gauchos’ Keeper Chrisdan Jordan saves a shot from Pima’s Paola Ruedaflores Sept. 12

“The trend seems to be that we are a second half team. I don’t know what it is but we seem to be a little bit more relaxed. We have more time to think and move off the ball and make more successful passings,” Luna said.

“Our communication was much better and our passing and ball movement was much better,” Freshman Catlin Cardenas said. Cardenas also scored the only goal for GCC.

“I think we improved a lot in this game – our communication improved, but I think we still need to work on some more things like our communication and movement off the ball,” Freshman Monica Martinez said.

The Gauchos continue their home stand with another game 10 a.m. Saturday against South Mountain Community College.