YUMA, Ariz. – Leave it all on the field. Give 110%. Sports clichés to be sure, but they are clichés that exist for a reason. The Arizona Western College women’s soccer team battled and scrapped all night, but ultimately lost 2-0 to Scottsdale Community College on Monday night in the Region I Playoffs.
A 1.5 hour rain delay set the stage for a tight, intense, well-played match. Both sides came out strong as each team played to its strengths.
Scottsdale broke through in the 30th minute after Jaquelynn Elmer won a footrace with the Lady Matador defense down the left side. She laid the ball off for Kalleigh Gibaldo, and Gibaldo buried a shot in the upper left hand corner of the net for a 1-0 SCC lead.
Arizona Western had a pair of golden opportunities barely five minutes later. Rodriguez served up a beautiful corner kick that bounced in traffic inside the six yard box. No one from either team could put a foot on it for several seconds until Cinthya Samaniego took a shot that was blocked down. The ball bounced back out, but Desiree Harris sent it straight to Rodriguez in the corner. Again, she centered the ball, but Samaniego’s header squeaked over the crossbar.
Late in the first half, Rodriguez served up another strong corner. This time, Pabla Sicairos headed the ball toward the front of the net, but Karla Navarro barely headed the ball over the goal while she tried to slip it in.
Scottsdale took a 2-0 lead in the 55th minute. Kalee Harsch sent a free kick into the penalty area, and Amanda Grifol scooped it down with her foot before launching a shot home.
Arizona Western kept pressing late, but each great chance was off by just a few inches.
The loss ends the season for Arizona Western College. Scottsdale will travel to face top-ranked Paradise Valley Community College on Wednesday.
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.