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PVCC WOMEN WIN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The PVCC women's soccer team defeated Chandler-Gilbert yesterday in a dramatic penalty shootout to win the Region 1 Championship. The match ended in a 1-1 deadlock after regulation and both overtime periods.
PVCC took an early lead just five minutes into the match when Tia Blackwell played a pass to Nicole Nsa who fired a low, curling shot from 20 yards out that found the inside of the back post. The Pumas continued to attack but could not find the insurance goal they needed. With a quick, well-played counterattack in the 25th minute, Chandler-Gilbert would find its equalizer against the run of play as the Coyotes' Brenna Jarvis evened the match.
The remainder of the match and overtime periods saw a relentless assault by the Pumas and a spirited defensive, counterattacking effort by the Coyotes. PVCC would end the match with an astounding 29 shots and numerous quality chances to settle the match in regulation and overtime. But both defenses were resilient, as the conference's two best goalkeepers were on display. Nikki Tejeda produced numerous fine saves to keep her Coyotes in the match, while PVCC's Rachel Cardwell rose to make perhaps the save of the match on a free kick in overtime.
The penalty kick shootout saw the first two Pumas shooters, captain Ashley Stein and top scorer Nicole Nsa convert their kicks. The first CGCC shooter scored, but the next three would all fail to convert as Cardwell saved their third attempt. Pumas freshman defender Maitlyn Davisworth, who drew the thankless, toughest defensive assignments all season, stepped up and drove home the penalty kick that would win the 2013 Region 1 Championship. She also earned the match Most Valuable Player Award.
The PVCC women's soccer team now look to repeat as they head out for the NJCAA National Championships in Melbourne, Florida, the week of November 18-23.