Team needs to finish strong to advance to postseason play

Ariia Pike

The men’s soccer season is near its end with only a handful of games left in the season.Recent opponents were Paradise Valley on Oct. 10, which resulted in a 2-1 victory over the Pumas, a 2-1 loss on Oct. 12 to Phoenix College and a crushing 2-1 double overtime loss to Scottsdale.

“I felt like we played better than them, both teams had chances, they just put their chances away,” said Coach Guarneri after the double overtime loss. “We put up a fight. I’m pleased with how the boys competed; we didn’t give away the game.”

The Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Tournament begins on Oct. 27, and there is still a chance the Thunderbirds can qualify.

“There’s still an opportunity for us to [reach the tournament]. We’ve got a couple tough teams to beat to reach the playoffs,” Guarneri said.

The Thunderbirds must win their next three games in order to advance to the playoffs or Scottsdale must lose or tie one of their remaining games.

Regardless of the outcome, Guarneri is proud of what his team has achieved.

“This has been a transition year and I am proud of what we have accomplished.

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