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PUMAS DOWN THE ARTICHOKES IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The PVCC women find their way back to Nationals by defeating SCC 3-1 in the Region Championships. The Pumas were off to a great start with an early goal in the 8th minute by Cassie Beckwith assisted by Jessie DeLeon. The Artichokes found their own momentum towards the end of the half and scored in the 32nd minute leaving the score 1-1 at half time. The Pumas were determined to get back control of the game and found the net again in the 70th minute. DeLeon chipped a ball back post to Beckwith who headed it into the net. Tianna Stewart clenched the game in the 78th minute with a finish off a free kick from DeLeon to finish the game. DeLeon was named Region Tournament MVP for her solid performance.
Tessa Hamberlin played 90 minutes in goal for the Pumas. Hamberlin recorded 5 saves.
Coach Kacey Bingham said, “This is an incredible accomplishment for our team. We not only get a chance to go back to Nationals but were able to have another undefeated run. I think this team has a great chance to compete for another National Championship.” Nationals will be hosted in Melbourne, Florida from November 12-17. This will be the Pumas third appearance in the past four years. In 2009 PVCC finished 3rd and in 2010 they were National Champions.