YUMA, Ariz. – Tuesday night in Yuma, the 15th ranked Arizona Western men’s soccer team experienced a first in the 2017 season: a loss. The Mats (3-1-2 overall, 3-1-2 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) fell to Scottsdale 2-1.
Scottsdale (4-3 overall, 4-3 ACCAC) struck first early in the second half. In the 50th minute, Oscar Bojorquez scored by volleying a cross home right in front of the net. JJ Nash was the one who threaded the needle through the Matador defense for the assist.
The Fighting Artichokes tacked on one more by taking advantage of a Matador mistake in the 76th minute. AWC’s defense missed on a clear, and the ball popped up high into the air at the six yard box. Michael Driscoll was the only one near it as it came down, and he punched it home for a 2-0 lead.
AWC finally found space in the 84th minute after struggling to break through Scottsdale’s shape on defense. Beto Garcia raced down the right sideline and slipped a perfect cross into the box, and Steve Mendoza nodded it in with his head to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Mats had one last chance as time was winding down when George Sanchez played a dangerous ball from midfield that bounced at the six, but Scottsdale’s goalkeeper grabbed it just before time expired.
AWC outshot Scottsdale 11-7 on the night.
The Mats host Mesa Community College on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. to make up a game that was called due to lightning last week. Tickets are only $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 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.