Pima Update: Men’s soccer wins in OT; Volleyball falls short in conference opener

Brian Vu. (Stephanie van Latum 2021)

The top-ranked men’s soccer team beat Yavapai 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday. The match, held on the Roughrider campus, pushed the Aztec record to 3-0 on the year.

Former Rincon/UHS standout Brian Vu scored in the 92nd minute off an assist from Nicholas Bianchi, who graduated from Pinnacle High School.

Yavapai took a 1-0 lead after Iann Topete scored in the 78th minute with an assist from Mael Lopes but Bianchi responded with a free kick from 25 yards out that found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to tie the game at 1-1.

Aztec keeper Cristian Sattin had four saves for the game.

The Aztecs will host a friendly against the University of Arizona Club Team on Thursday at the West Campus Aztec Field. Game time is set for 7 p.m. They get back to regular season play on Saturday when they host GateWay Community College in their ACCAC conference opener at the West Campus Field. The teams are on the pitch at 5:30 p.m.


Pima fell to No. 12 Chandler-Gilbert in sets (25-16, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17) Tuesday night at home to open up conference play. The loss dropped the Aztecs to 3-5 overall.

The Coyotes scored nine of the final 11 points to take the first set. The Aztecs took an 8-6 lead in the second set but the Coyotes scored five straight points to take the lead. Chandler-Gilbert matched their biggest lead at 24-19 but the Aztecs made it interesting after a kill by former Safford standout Jessica Bright-Schade and an ace by former Canyon del Oro standout Morgan Hains. The Coyotes scored the next point to take a 2-0 lead.

The Aztecs led by as much as four points in the third set but the Coyotes cut the lead to 22-21. Former Canyon del Oro hitter Sasha Ross halted Chandler-Gilbert’s momentum with a kill and that was followed by two straight kills by former Tanque Verde standout Madi Wilson to secure the third set win for Pima.

The Coyotes scored six straight points early in the fourth set to take a 12-5 advantage. The Aztecs cut the deficit to four points on five occasions from that point but could not inch any closer.

Aztec sophomore Lina Kassimatis finished with a team-high 12 kills while Wilson fell short of a double-double with eight kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Isabella Jacome closed out the match with 26 assists while former Thatcher standout Laney Morris posted a double-double of 10 assists and 10 digs. Hains had 19 digs.

The Aztecs will head to Las Vegas for the College of Southern Nevada Tournament on Friday and Saturday. They will play Parkland College at 1 p.m. and close out Friday’s play against host College of Southern Nevada at 5 p.m.

From Pima release.

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