Pima women earn win to begin pool play at NJCAA Division II national tourney

Former Cienega standout Delaney Buntin scored twice in Pima’s opening win in the NJCAA Division II national tournament (Pima photo)

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The Pima Community College women’s soccer team earned a statement win to begin its portion of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament with a 2-0 win Monday over No. 9 Southwestern Illinois College at the Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Kan.

Pima, the No. 4 seed that is 15-4, was led by freshman Delaney Buntin (Cienega grad) who scored twice on similar plays putting the ball in the net on shots inside the box on the left side.

Buntin scored in the 39th minute and again with an assist from freshman Caitlyn Maher (Catalina Foothills) in the 58th minute.

“On the first goal, it was a goal kick from Lina (Angelina Amparano) and I headed it off and it went to (Caitlyn) Maher. She played me the ball and I took it up and shot it with my left,” Buntin said. “The second goal was similar. Caitlyn had the ball and she played me through the side and I took a shot with my left and it went right behind the keeper.”

The Aztecs finished with 13 shots and sophomore Angelina Amparano (Salpointe Catholic) finished with seven saves.

This was Pima’s 10th shutout victory of the season.

“It feels really good to come out here to play and see different teams,” Buntin added. “To get a shutout is really big because it’s our first game out here and it will help us on Wednesday to give us confidence and give us good points.”

The Aztecs close out Pool D play on Wednesday when they face No. 5 seeded Holmes Community College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Tucson time.

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