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Pima women soccer advances to national championship game

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Pima Community College Women's Soccer

WICHITA, KS (KVOA) - The Pima Community College women’s soccer team is now just one victory away from taking home a national championship.

The four-seeded Aztecs knocked off No. 6 Phoenix College 5-4 in penalties, to take home the victory in the NJCAA Division II Semi-Finals.

Pima is now 16-4-1.

Former Sunnyside High School standout Seti Valencia scored the deciding penalty kick. Sophomore Angelina Amparano, a Tucson native who graduated from Salpointe High School stopped three attempts in the penalty kick session.

Amparano finished the game with 11 saves during regulation and the two 10 minute overtimes (110 minutes total).

"(Penalty Kicks) are obviously very nerve-wracking; not only for me but I know the kickers feel it too,” Amparano said. “I said ‘Just calm down guys; just pass it in the back of the net. It’s fine.’ Multiple times going into PKs over the last two years, I won’t say I have the hang of it but it does get a little less nerve-wracking."

Amparano added, "Every time we play (Phoenix College) they never seem to have low shots and it feels like they’re always coming at us. They’re a strong team but we just had to work harder than them and get everyone marked to where they needed to be to give that extra one percent. We really did that today. We didn’t finish the chances that we had but I think it’s good that we kept the shutout.”

The Aztecs will close out the season on Saturday when they play No. 1 seed Heartland Community College (Illinois) in the NJCAA Division II National Championship game. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. CT (12:00 p.m. Tucson time).

Paul Cicala has been nominated for multiple Emmys in news and sports, and after a career that has taken him to Southern California, Las Vegas, Texas and Mexico, Paul is proud to be back in the area he was born and raised - Tucson.

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