YUMA,Ariz---Freshman Forward Michele Signorelli found the back of the net twice and forced a rebound that Jesus Chillon tapped in as Arizona Western (1-1-1) grabbed a 3-1 victory over Paradise Valley (0-4) Saturday night on the Matador Soccer Field.
A sizable Matador crowd was rewarded early in the match, when Signorelli found the back of the net off of Alexei Rosser's free kick that rebounded from the Pumas' keeper Luis Villegas. It was the first Matador goal of the seaon, comin nine minutes into their first home contest.
The Matadors would score again, this time on a counter attack sprung forward by Rosser. The Australian midfielder played the ball down the line for Sophomore forward Daniel Adeyeye who crossed the ball expertly through the box and found Signorelli who directed the ball past the keeper for his second goal on the night.
For the third straight match, the Matadors played most of the first half on the attack registering a handful of shots and consistently crossing the ball in front of the Puma defense. The Matador defense quickly cleared most attempts and stalled any sort of rythym from the Paradise Valley attack.
But with a 2-0 lead heading into the second half, the Pumas became more agressive and found a whole in the 53rd minute. A through ball played to David Case, found him one on one with newly entered keeper Gianni Honsel, and Case was able to beat Honsel and cut the Matador defecit in half.
The rest of the match seemed to be back in forth with each team narrowily missing a pair of opportunities. That was until Danny Vazquez won a challenge in the midfield and quickly spun the attack in favor of the Matadors. He played the ball up to Signorelli who raced through the back of the defense and ripped a shot that deflected away from new PV Keeper Daniel Orsinas directly onto the boot of Chillon who blasted it to the back of the net to make the score 3-1 AWC.
The score would hold up as Arizona Western grabbed win number one on the 2019 campaign in their first home contest of the season.
Keeper Duro Dragicevic put up a clean first half in net for the Matadors while Gianni Honsel finished up the second half with a couple of nice saves.
The Matadors are at home again Thursday night for another non-conference tilit against South Mountain 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.