YUMA, Ariz. – Saturday afternoon, the Arizona Western College men’s soccer team (10-4-1 overall, 10-4-1 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) lost a tough, tight match 2-1 to third-ranked Phoenix College (12-2 overall, 12-2 ACCAC).
Phoenix took the lead shortly after the water break in the first half. The Bears were able to split the Matador midfielders near midfield and play the ball into the box on a breakaway in the left side of the 18-yard box. AWC goalkeeper Heriberto Ruiz came out, and the ball was passed middle to PC’s Noe Ancira. Ancira touched it home for a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.
Yerry Mendez answered late in the first half for Arizona Western to tie it back up. After the freshman was decked while trying to head it to earn a free kick, AWC hammered a shot that was just deflected over the crossbar. On the corner, Mendez cut to the front post and deflected the ball in to make it 1-1 in the 36th minute. It was his ninth goal of the season.
Early in the second half, Phoenix took advantage of a costly Matador mistake. AWC’s defense turned it over just outside the penalty box, and it created a quick breakaway for Musa Morris. He scored it for a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute.
AWC heads to Glendale Community College on Tuesday for a match at 1:00 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.