YUMA, Ariz. – Tight games can be decided by one bounce. Wednesday night, the top-ranked Arizona Western College women’s soccer team (21-0 overall) capitalized on one bounce and won 1-0 over Scottsdale Community College (12-8-2 overall). The win puts AWC in the Region I Final for the second straight season.
AWC applied pressure from the opening kickoff, but Scottsdale absorbed it. The Lady Mats couldn’t capitalize on a couple of early opportunities, but they stayed in attack mode.
Finally, in the 38th minute, the pressure paid off. After AWC won a corner kick, Karen Melendrez chipped the ball into the box. It bounced off of Vera Asare, and Christiana Boateng beat everyone to the ball in front of the goal and scored. Her 27th goal of the season put AWC up 1-0.
She nearly had a second one before the end of the half, but SCC’s goalkeeper Destiny Cervantes knocked it aside for one of her eight saves. AWC held a 1-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, the game turned very physical, and the two sides combined for 17 fouls. Early in the half, Boateng thought she found a seam up the middle for a goal, but she was ruled offside on the play. A few minutes later, Scottsdale was also ruled offside on a goal that would have tied the score.
As the half wore on, AWC started clearing the ball up the field to try and kill time and preserve the lead. Meanwhile, Scottsdale was aiming for gaps down the line to create a breakaway.
In the final 10 minutes, Scottsdale applied pressure with a couple of free kicks and a corner, but AWC was able to clear the ball out each time.
The Lady Mats outshot Scottsdale on the night, 12-3.
Saturday night, the Lady Mats will host the Region I Final against Paradise Valley Community College at 7:00 p.m. This is the first time the team has hosted the Region Final. AWC lost 4-2 to Phoenix on the road last season in the Region title game.
Tickets are only $5. No passes will be accepted, but Arizona Western students can sign in at the gate to get in for FREE!
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.