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