Pima Soccer: Men and Women to play Phoenix for Region I Championships

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

The No. 3 seeded Pima men knocked off No. 2 Mesa 3-1 on Tuesday to advance to the championship round of the NJCAA Region I tournament to be played Saturday in Phoenix.

Down 1-0, Brian Vu (Rincon) tied the game up in the 43rd minute on an assist from Nicholas Bianchi and Daniel Rendon (Tucson) knocked in a header off of a corner from Ernesto Osornio in the 78th minute to put the Aztecs up for good at 2-1. Bianchi scored with 24 seconds left on an assist from Jacob Garcia (Ironwood Ridge).

“I told Ernesto (Osornio) that they were leaving me open in the corners and thankfully they left me open in the second half and I was able to get into that space, flick it back and we got the goal,” Rendon said in a release. “They got that first goal but we knew what we had to do. We took care of their important players and we got the job done.”

The No. 2 seeded Pima women came from behind on Wednesday night at home to defeat No. 3 Scottsdale 2-1 to advance to the championship round against No. 1 Phoenix Saturday night in Phoenix.

Emma Green put Scottsdale up 1-0 in the 5th minute on an assist from Marissa Guevara but Meredith Scott (Walden Grove) tied the match up on a rebound off the goalie in the 30th minute. Scott came up with her brace in the 48th minute off of an assist from Delaney Buntin (Cienega) and the Aztecs held the rest of the way for the victory.


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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