YUMA, Ariz. – Erik Ibarra’s laser-like strike in the 34th minute proved to be the difference as the Arizona Western College Matadors (4-1-1) nabbed their Head Coach Kenny Dale his 200th win as the leader of the Men’s Soccer team at AWC.
The Mats fended off a defensive minded Glendale Gauchos (0-5) in a physical struggle for AWC’s fourth consecutive victory of the season.
The defense was solid on both sides with each team seldomly creating chances, Ibarra’s blast from the top of the box against Glendale’s starting keeper Jason Rodriguez was the only goal the Matador back line would need.
AWC keeper Duro Dragicevic completed the clean sheet with excellent defensive play from Derek Fournier, Romulo Bosqueiro, and Jed Bowman.
Still, the Gauchos had some chances, but just couldn’t convert to tie the game.
The Matadors had a handful of opportunities to extend the lead but Jose Valenzuela made a pair of saves by the length of his finger tips to keep the Gauchos close.
Dale hits the milestone in his 15th season, he’s averaged 14 wins a year as the Men’s coach in Yuma. Dale also coached the Women’s program for two years in its inception.
The win is also momentous for the 2019 squad as it is the fourth consecutive.
AWC hits the road Saturday to play Phoenix College in Phoenix at 7:00pm. The Matadors are back at home on the 19th to play Imperial Valley at the Matador Soccer Field. There will only be one game that night, the men’s, beginning at 7:00pm.
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.