FOLEY, Alabama — Monday’s opener wasn’t the outcome that the Arizona Western women’s soccer team was looking for in its first-ever NJCAA tournament appearance.
The Lady Matadors (21-2 overall) fell to Laramie County Community College (12-6 overall) 3-1 on a wet and sloppy pitch.
LCCC’s physical play added to the challenges of the conditions. The Golden Eagles struck first in the seventh minute after a goal from Taylor Stoeger. They scored again in the 33rd minute to go up 2-0 late in the first half.
AWC forward Christiana Boateng took control of a good cross from midfielder Maesy Ramirez (6). Boateng (27) fought off a defender and pulled her team back into the game with a goal. There were only 33 seconds left before the half.
The Lady Mats tried to carry that momentum forward, but to no avail.
Stoeger scored again for the Golden Eagles to put the game away at 3-1 in the 78th minute on a loose ball in front of the goal.
There were a couple of corners as AWC pushed forward in the second half, but nothing came of it.
AWC goalie Cyann Scott was busy in goal with six saves.
The Lady Mats were outshot 17-6 on the night.
AWC will be back on Wednesday night in Foley against Eastern Florida State (6:30 p.m. EST). EFST is the 5 seed in the tournament.
The loss doesn’t put the Lady Mats out of position to advance, but they will need some help. EFST will need to beat Laramie on Tuesday and the Mats will need to beat EFST on Wednesday.
If that all happens the team with the best goal differential (+/-) will advance to the semifinals.