Pima notebook: Men’s and women’s football teams each ranked 3-0 starts


Some information for this report from the press relations department of Pima. A total of 29 high school athletes in southern Arizona are mentioned.

The 11th-ranked Pima women’s team dominated Mesa with a 6-0 victory on Saturday, scoring four goals in the second half, illustrating their season.

First-year student Husband Acosta de Sahuarita scored two goals in the match. She put the Aztecs on the board in the 8th minute with cross assist from another freshman Savannah Gutierrez of Tucson High.

Acosta ended the game with a goal in the 81st minute with a shot just outside the box. Second year Seti Valencia from Sunnyside prepared his shot.

First-year student Delaney buntin de Cienega found the back of the net twice.

Pima is ranked No.11 nationally with a 3-0 start (photo Pima)

She went 4-0 with her 68th-minute shot with a second-year assist Litycia Espinoza of Sahuarita.

Buntin scored again in the 75th minute to make it 5-0 when she hit a shot into the box after being put in place by a freshman Caitlyn maher from the foothills of Catalina.

Second year Kaitlyn bassett de Sabino scored his goal 11 minutes into the second half with an assist from another sophomore Alyssa Kopach from Ironwood Ridge.

The Aztecs had 10 shots on goal and in the sophomore year Angelina Amparano de Salpointe finished with three saves.

Pima returns to the Aztec soccer field, part of the Chapman Automobile Sports Complex, on Tuesday when they welcome Chandler-Gilbert at 5:30 p.m., before the men’s teams from both schools play.

Acosta leads the Aztecs with nine points (four assists and one assist).

Amparano was named ACCAC’s goalie of the week for the week of August 23-29 after finishing with seven saves in Pima’s 2-1 win over previously No. 1-ranked Phoenix College.

Men’s football

Pima College’s third-ranked men’s soccer team appear to be heading for another memorable season with a 3-0 start following Saturday’s victory over Mesa. The Aztecs scored two goals in each half, beating the Thunderbirds 4-1.

Four different players scored, including a freshman Jacob Garcia, a former Walden Grove star who led the Red Wolves to the 4A State title game last season. Garcia also provided transversal assistance to the second Brian Vu de Rincon / University for a 51st-minute goal to give Pima a 3-0 lead.

Pima tries to go 4-0 on Tuesday (Pima photo)

Garcia then scored his goal in the 53rd minute with a second-year assist Rramon Isaku from Switzerland to bring the score to 4-0.

Three Sunnyside graduates – Ulysses Torres, Jesus virgin and Manuel Quiroz – got the Pima score.

Torres, a sophomore, scored the first goal from a header in the 21st minute with an assist from Virgen, a freshman. Quiroz, a sophomore, put Pima ahead 2-0 in the 37th minute with a penalty.

Second year Juan Suárez of Desert View made five stops, and the first Aurélio Bernal de Cholla played the last eight minutes at the net.

Graduated from Salpointe Francisco Manzo leads the Aztecs with six points (two goals and two assists).

The Aztecs return to West Campus Aztec Soccer Field (part of the Chapman Automotive Sports Complex) on Tuesday when they host Chandler-Gilbert. Game time is 8:00 p.m.

Women’s volleyball

The Aztecs’ women’s volleyball team, which qualified for the national tournament last season, will start the ACCAC game on Wednesday when they host Phoenix College at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium. The first set starts at 7:00 p.m.

Pima (3-4) comes off a four-set victory on Saturday in a non-conference game against Mott (Mich.) Community College.

The Aztecs defeated the Bears (5-5) 25-9, 25-21, 21-25, 25-15 at Scottsdale Community College.

Second year Pima setters Karla Soto by Nogales and Isabelle Jacome, daughter of baseball coach Pima Jason jacome, combined for 34 assists and 11 aces. Soto finished with 18 assists, seven digs and six aces while Jacome recorded 16 assists and five aces.

Nogales graduate Karla Soto and Isabella Jacome, daughter of Pima baseball coach Jason Jacome, are two of Pima’s best players (Pima photo)

Second year Jessica bright-schade de Safford missed a double-double as she had 12 kills and nine digs.

Second year Kaylee moseley de Marana was a strong defensive net presence as she contributed with eight kills and five blocks. Second year Aydalis Felix de Rincon / University had 15 excavations.

“It’s always good to win against a good team. I felt we did a great job controlling the pace of the game with our serve, ”said the Pima volleyball coach. Dan Bithell noted. “We had good leadership from our two passers today and it really got us through some tough times. We still have a lot to improve and I hope we will be a little more specific for our first conference game on Wednesday.

Lina Kassimatis, a freshman who was Isabella Jacome’s teammate at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque (NM), leads the Aztecs with 51 wins. Jacome and Kassimatis lead the Aztecs with 27 sets.

Jacome and Soto each have 12 serving aces to lead the team. Felix has a high of 67 recoveries and Haley duncan of Walden Grove has the 16 best team blocks.

Women’s cross-country skiing

The women’s cross country team competed in their first event of the fall season since October 25, 2019, when they competed in the George Kyte Invitational on Saturday at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.

The Aztecs finished the 2.5-mile Open Division race in fourth place with a total of 118 points.

Sahuaro graduate Megan Rasey and Sahuarita graduate Marissa Lopez were Pima’s top two graduates when she first met (Pima photo)

First-year student Megan Rasey de Sahuaro was the best for Pima as she finished 33rd out of 52 competitors with a time of 20 minutes, 00.4 seconds. First year companion Marissa lopez de Sahuarita finished behind her in 34th place in 20: 18.2.

First-year student Candice Pocase de Santa Rita crossed the finish line in 41st place with a time of 21: 49.0 and in first grade Mykayla Tar water of Tucson High was 42nd at 22:04.4.

Cross country men

The men’s cross country team also competed in the George Kyte Invitational, their first event of the fall season since November 9, 2019.

The Aztecs finished the 4.5-mile Open Division race in fifth place with a total of 134 points.

Ironwood Ridge’s Avery Dylla was Pima’s best player when he first met (Pima photo)

First-year student Avery dylla Ironwood Ridge was Pima’s top finisher as he finished 29th out of 72 competitors with a time of 26 minutes, 12.2 seconds. First-year student Emmanuel Corral de Pusch Ridge finished 31st with a time of 26: 16.7.

First-year student Chalen lozano de Marana finished 36th in 26: 36.9 and in first year Brendan Torres of Empire crossed the finish line in 47th place clocking 27: 38.7.

The men’s and women’s teams will then compete in the Desert Cactus Race on September 18 in Tucson. The place and time are to be determined.


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