YUMA, Ariz---A delayed start on a blustery afternoon against a fearsome opponent culminated in the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (8-3-2 overall, 4-1-1 ACCAC) first loss since August, falling 4-0 to the Chandler-Gilbert Coyotes (10-3 overall, 5-2 ACCAC) Thursday evening on the Matador Soccer Field.
The Chandler-Gilbert bus carrying both Coyote soccer teams had a flat tire causing the start to be delayed by 45 minutes, but it was the Coyotes who came out fresh and agressive. Kenadi Green, the ACCAC leader in goals scored, curled in a corner kick, that was ruled to have crossed the line by the far line judge, just three minutes in to put the Coyotes in front.
Chandler-Gilbert constantly pressured the Matadors throughout and almost had their second goal just thirteen minutes later when a Matador turnover on a short goal kick setup a one-on-one. Melanie Yanez made a sliding stop to send it out for a CGCC corner.
But the Coyotes would get their second goal in the 20th minute when Alison Washatka ripped a shot from midfield that bounced over Yanez to make it 2-0.
The Coyotes would strike again in the 32nd minute on Elena Etchamendy's laser-strike to take a 3-0 lead into half.
Green added the final touch late in the second half for the Coyotes, scoring on an assist from America Sanchez on a couple of great passes between the two, setting up Green's second goal of the night. She leads the conference with 14.
The match ends AWC's unbeaten streak at 10 and is the first home loss all season for the Matadors.
The Lady Mats will have a tough bounce back match against Mesa on the road Saturday at 4:30pm.