Pima's Kametani Named NJCAA Player of the Year

Tucson, AZ –Pima Community College men’s soccer player Hugo Kametani received the highest honor on Thursday from the United Soccer Coaches.

·         Kametani, a sophomore forward, was selected the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division I National Player of the Year. Kametani is the first Pima men’s soccer player in program history to receive this honor.

·         Kametani scored the game-winning goal to give the Aztecs their first NJCAA Division I National Championship. He scored a program-record of 30 goals; seven were game-winners as he played and started in all 28 games.

·         “I’m so happy right now to receive this honor,” Kametani said. “I want to thank all of the people who have been involved with me. I think that it is proof that I have kept working and putting in effort. Although it is an individual honor, I think that this was taken by all members of the team.”

Below is a list of Kametani’s accomplishments this season:

·         First Team NJCAA All-American

·         First Team United Soccer Coaches All-American

·         First Team United Soccer Coaches All-West Region

·         NJCAA Division I National Tournament MVP

·         NJCAA Division I National All-Tournament Team

·         ACCAC/Region I Player of the Year

·         First Team All-ACCAC/Region I

The Aztecs finished the season with a 26-2 overall record. They claimed the ACCAC conference championship, the Region I, Division I title and the West District crown.

Article by Raymond Suarez

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