Bears dominate Artichokes men’s soccer team

The Artichokes focus on their next opponent after a total defeat handed by the Phoenix College Bears.


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Captains, Ariel Aguas from Phoenix Community College (left) and Reece Harmbly from SCC (right), during match toss.

Sandile Lukhozi, Reporter/SCC

Scottsdale Community College men’s soccer team were on the receiving end of a 6-0 drubbing by Phoenix College at Hay Stadium on Sept. 7.

The match began with the worst possible start for the Artichokes, with Bears forward O’Kar Shar, putting the hosts in front with two-minute played in the match.

Two minutes later, a brilliant interchange of passes between Shar and midfielder Juan Mora gave the Bears their second goal, with Shar on the score sheet again, his second of the night.

The Artichokes nearly scored their first goal of the match, but a heavy touch in the final third by forward Slobodan Kajtaz was collected by the Bears goalkeeper, Juan Mejia.

With half-time fast approaching, Bears defender and captain Ariel Aguas, scored the third goal from a free kick outside the 18-yard box.

After seeing Artichokes’ defense open up, Bears’ forward Reynaldo Gaytan took advantage and grabbed the host’s fourth of the night with one minute remaining to half-time.

Shortly after half-time, with 51 minutes played in the game, the Artichokes conceded a penalty and Bears midfielder Miguel Baltazar converted from the spot.

With 22 minutes remaining in the game, Baltazar scored the Bear’s sixth goal, his second of the night to seal the game off.

According to Bears coach, David Cameron, an early goal set-up the perfect start to the game.

“When our team starts scoring, we score in bunches,” Cameron said. “It was the early goal that helped us because we have been struggling in the last few game trying to get early goals.”

Speaking after the game, Artichokes head coach Ramiz Sabljic spoke mostly about having a long season and playing more games within a short space of time.

“Honestly it a long season,” Sablijic said. “Ultimately, you want to win every game, but our ultimate goal today was not to win a game, it was just to get out here healthy.”

Sabljic believes that playing two games in three influenced the outcome of the game.

“Definitely, and also we didn’t want to affect Saturday’s outcome [against Paradise Valley], we want to be fresh as possible for Saturday.”

The Artichokes next game will be home on Sept. 9 against Paradise Valley Community College.