Meredith Scott scores two goals as Women's Soccer rallies to top Scottsdale CC, advance to Region I Final

Teammates celebrate with sophomore Delaney Buntin (#15) and Meredith Scott (#21) after the Aztecs took the lead in the 48th minute. The No. 2 seeded Aztecs rallied with two unanswered goals to beat No. 3 seeded Scottsdale Community College 2-1. Scott scored both goals. Pima will play at No. 1 Phoenix College on Saturday in the NJCAA Region I, Division II Finals. Photo by Stephanie van Latum
Teammates celebrate with sophomore Delaney Buntin (#15) and Meredith Scott (#21) after the Aztecs took the lead in the 48th minute. The No. 2 seeded Aztecs rallied with two unanswered goals to beat No. 3 seeded Scottsdale Community College 2-1. Scott scored both goals. Pima will play at No. 1 Phoenix College on Saturday in the NJCAA Region I, Division II Finals. Photo by Stephanie van Latum

The Pima Community College women's soccer team (13-2) is advancing to its third straight NJCAA Region I, Division II Final after rallying to beat Scottsdale Community College (12-5) on Wednesday at the West Campus Aztec Field.

  • The No. 2 seeded Aztecs fell behind in the opening minutes but came back to beat the Artichokes 2-1.
  • Freshman Meredith Scott (Walden Grove HS) tied the game with her goal in the 30th minute. The score was knotted at 1-1 at halftime.
  • Scott found the back of the net once again converting on a pass in the box from sophomore Delaney Buntin (Cienega HS) in the opening minutes of the second half (48th minute) putting the Aztecs up for good.
  • "They (Meredith's) goals were amazing. She knew where she needed to run," sophomore defender Bri Gerhart said. "We've worked on corners a lot and her and I always talk of 'who's going to go', and I told her to run in the box and follow the ball. That's exactly what she did."
  • The Aztecs trailed 1-0 as Emma Green scored for the Artichokes in the 5th minute.
  • "We knew they (Scottsdale) were going to come out hard," sophomore defender Alexus Mendez (Tucson Magnet HS) said. "We needed to have a strong defensive line and, with us only giving up six goals this season, we had trust in each other in the back line."
  • Gerhart also saw a different intensity in Scottsdale out of the gates.
  • "They were a lot more aggressive with us," Gerhart said comparing their first meeting earlier this season (Pima won 2-0). "They attacked us a lot more and they had a lot better crosses; which we started handling better during the second half. We followed our runners more and we let no balls in the back of the net."
  • Sophomore Angelina Amparano (Salpointe Catholic HS) finished the game with seven saves.

The Aztecs will play at No. 1 seeded Phoenix College on Saturday. Game time is TBA. The Aztecs fell to the Bears 3-0 earlier this season. Pima defeated Phoenix College in last year's NJCAA Region I, Division II Final.

Pima goals: Meredith Scott 30th minute; Scott (Delaney Buntin) 48th minute.