YUMA, Ariz. – In an exhausting double overtime match on Thursday night, the Arizona Western College women’s soccer team tied Scottsdale 1-1. This was the first time all season that the Lady Mats (11-5-1 overall, 11-5-1 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) had been to overtime. The tie keeps the team in the fourth spot in the conference, four points ahead of Scottsdale (9-5-3 overall, 9-5-3 ACCAC). If AWC can hold onto a top four spot, it would host a home playoff game for the first time in team history.
Arizona Western struck first after controlling the possession in the first half. In the 30th minute, Karla Navarra juggled the ball to herself inside the six-yard box before volleying the ball home for her 10th goal this year. Daisy Matedne picked up the assist after feeding it to Navarro from the right side.
Scottsdale tied the match up with 15 minutes to go in regulation. Kalleigh Gibaldo had a breakaway and was stonewalled when AWC keeper Janet Reyes came out strong. The ball bounced in the box, and a second shot was turned aside by defender Emily Gardea. Finally, Gibaldo knocked the ball home after tracking down the rebound.
In overtime, Reyes and Lady Matador midfielder Abigail Rosales both wiped away Scottsdale chances on the break. Reyes was aggressive in closing down breakaways, and Rosales flew back from her midfield slot to deflect a couple of shots wide.
Lady Matador winger Cinthya Samaniego nearly won the game late in the second overtime with a shot to the left corner, but Scottsdale’s keeper Hannah Buehler made a diving save. With less than 20 seconds in the second overtime, Daisy Rodriguez raced down the right side with the ball and cut towards the goal. Her shot went just wide before time expired.
Scottsdale coach Brian Thames was given a red card and ejected with 42 seconds left in the first half for arguing with the officials.
AWC heads to Paradise Valley Community College on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 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.