YUMA, Ariz. – A two-goal lead is one of the toughest leads in soccer. One goal gets the other team back into the game, and then it becomes a dogfight. The Arizona Western College women’s soccer team saw a two-goal halftime lead vanish against a blazing hot Phoenix College team. PC finished with five goals in the second half to win 5-2.
Arizona Western dominated a choppy first half that featured 18 fouls (12 on AWC, six on PC). In the 36th minute, Abby Rosales put the Lady Mats on the board with a nifty free kick from 30 yards straight out. She lined a ball that bounced through traffic right in front of goalkeeper Melissa Avendano and into the left corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead. It was her eighth goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, AWC ping-ponged the ball around for another goal. This time, Pabla Sicairos (fourth goal of the season) managed to knock the ball home off the bounce to make it 2-0. Cinthya Samaniego (second assist of the season) redirected a ball from Desiree Harris (second assist of the season) to the box on a bang-bang play.
After halftime, Phoenix trimmed the lead to 2-1 when Stephanie Estrada hit home a tight-angled shot from the left side in the 47th minute. Andrea Cerda picked up the assist.
PC caught fire and couldn’t miss on crosses and long balls after the 64th minute and beyond. Alondra Renteria nodded home a corner kick from Evelyn Ramirez Leon to tie the match at two.
Five minutes later, Mayra Cruz headed home a cross from Alysa Castillo for a one-goal Phoenix lead.
The onslaught continued when Ramirez Leon played a long ball forward in the 72nd minute. Cruz chased it down and hit it home to make it 4-2.
In the 86th minute, a generous penalty kick was awarded to Phoenix that effectively sealed the game. Alysa Castillo knocked it home for the final score.
The loss drops Arizona Western College to 11-5 overall and in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. Phoenix improved to 9-7-1 overall and in the ACCAC.
AWC hosts Scottsdale Community College on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and military members. Children 12 and under and AWC students and staff (with current school ID) 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. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.