YUMA, Ariz. – Playing against a very tight offside trap, the Arizona Western College women’s soccer team had to be precise and get creative. The 20th ranked Lady Mats (10-4 overall, 10-4 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) adjusted and found space on the way to a 5-0 win against South Mountain Community College (0-13 overall, 0-13 ACCAC) on Saturday night.
In the first half, the Lady Mats were called offside 10 times as they aggressively pushed forward and tried to get behind the back line. In the 21st minute, they finally found an angle that worked. Karla Navarro slipped a pass up the middle to Cinthya Samaniego who sprinted past the defense and touched the ball past the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead. The goal was Samaniego’s 10th of the season, and Navarro earned her fourth assist.
Substitute Kaylyn Barnes came on and provided an immediate spark of energy up top. She scored her first goal of the season by finishing off a perfect cross from Navarro to make it 2-0 in the 34th minute.
AWC adjusted its attack in the second half to find new seams in the defense. Emily Gardea nodded home a corner kick from Daisy Rodriguez in the 53rd minute to make it 3-0. Gardea scored her second goal of the year while Rodriguez notched her 14th assist. Rodriguez is the only player in the conference with double digit assists.
Navarro then finished off a nice bang-bang-bang sequence from inside the six-yard box for a 4-0 lead in the 63rd minute. Pabla Sicairos crossed the ball in from the left side, and Samaniego tapped it to Navarro for the goal. The goal was Navarro’s ninth of the year, and Samaniego picked up her first assist of the year.
Rodriguez capped the scoring for Arizona Western in the 68th minute. She followed up a shot from Samaniego and blasted the ball in from point-blank for a 6-0 lead. It was her third goal of the season. Samaniego earned her second assist of the season.
AWC outshot South Mountain 18-0.
The Lady Mats hit the road and play GateWay Community College on Thursday, October 6. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.