FOLEY, Alabama — Arizona Western women’s soccer took one on the chin Wednesday night in the final game of group play at the NJCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament.
The Matadors fell to Eastern Florida State College 6-1 to finish a season that started with 21-straight wins.
After losing to Laramie County 4-1 two days earlier, AWC (21-3 overall) started the game with a bit more tempo than in that game. The first 15 minutes were relatively even in the cold and rainy weather.
EFST (16-2-1 overall) forward Cristina Garriga changed that fast with a hat trick that all took place in a six-minute span. She scored her first goal in the 17th minute off of a header in the box. She followed that up with a goal one minute later when she lofted the ball over AWC goalie Cyan Scott’s head, and her third goal came in the 23rd minute as she outran the Mats’ backline on a counter.
AWC played better in the second half, but with the margin what it was, the comeback was too far out of reach.
Forward Christiana Boateng had a few chances in the second half starting with a header that hit the post in the 65th minute and another that was saved in the 66th minute.
Boateng finally scored in the 80th minute as she aggressively attacked the net and was able to fight by a EFST defender. The goal made the game 6-1.
That was her 29th goal of the season, which was a team-high total.
AWC was outshot 16 to 9. Scott finished the evening with six saves.
EFST won the group with the win over AWC and a 4-0 win a night earlier over Laramie County.
The loss ends a program-best season for the Mats where they began the season 21-0. The team climbed to the number one ranking in the country and won an ACCAC championship along the way