Tight Squeeze

YUMA, Ariz. – The 14th ranked Arizona Western women’s soccer team played hard and controlled the ball but came away on the wrong end of the match against Paradise Valley on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Mats lost 1-0 in a game they out-possessed and out-chanced PVCC.

Paradise Valley (11-7 overall, 11-7 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) scored the only goal of the game in the first half. Gabriella Palma connected on a long ball with Raiven Alvey behind the AWC back line, and Alvey scored in the 21st minute to go up 1-0.

The Lady Mats (12-3-3 overall, 12-3-3 ACCAC) pressed and pressed throughout the match, but they couldn’t get anything past Paradise Valley’s Angela Valdez. Valdez was credited with nine saves.

In the first half, AWC’s Christiana Boateng banged one off the left post, and the rebound was a few inches too far away for Cinthya Samaiego to knock home.

Boateng again had an opportunity on a long cross, but her shot from six yards out went straight into Valdez’s hands.

After halftime, the Lady Mats kept pressing and created several more good chances. Karla Navarro, Samaniego, Karen Meneldrez and Boateng all had quality looks but couldn’t convert.

The loss put the Lady Mats one point behind Pima for the second spot and a first round bye with two matches to play in the regular season. The Lady Mats are headed to Cochise College on Tuesday next week for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff before closing the regular season at home next Thursday against Pima at 4:30 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. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.


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