YUMA, Ariz. – One six minute stretch was all that the Arizona Western College men’s soccer team needed on Thursday night. On sophomore night, the Mats (12-4-1 overall, 12-4-1 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) scored twice late in the first half and made it stick against Scottsdale Community College (5-8-3 overall, 5-8-3 ACCAC).
AWC controlled the pace and the ball throughout the match and put great pressure on Scottsdale early on, but they didn’t score.
The offense finally paid off the pressure late in the first half. In the 39th minute, AWC’s Milos Blagojevic crossed a ball from near midfield that deflected off Scottsdale’s goalkeeper. Jorge Cayo Zelada trapped down the rebound and blasted it in for a 1-0 lead. It was his fifth goal of the year.
The Mats won a corner kick with 30 seconds left in the half, and Yerry Mendez delivered the highlight. George Kobel curled the corner to the back of the six-yard box where Mendez leapt up and bicycled it into the net for a 2-0 lead. He leads the team with 11 goals.
After halftime, AWC managed the lead and kept possession. Scottsdale only had two shots on goal, and Sagi Badash saved both.
The win keeps AWC in third place in the conference with three matches left.
All three matches are on the road next week. First, AWC heads to Yavapai College on Tuesday for a match at 6:00 p.m.
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.