Women's Soccer | 09/07/2021

Rivas Return and Lirios' Double Moves Mats Past Mesa, 4-0

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Mesa Community College 0
Arizona Western College 4

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YUMA, Ariz---After missing a full year due to injury, Karen Rivas made the most immediate of impacts in the #20 Arizona Western Matadors (4-0-0 overall) 4-0 win over the Mesa Thunderbirds (1-3-0 overall) Tuesday night at the Matador Soccer Field.

The Matadors once again flexed their offensive firepower with Lirios netting her second straight double, including the opening salvo with a blast from the top of the '18, not even five minutes into the match.

Upon entering with 15 minutes left in the first half, Rivas promptly received a lob down the field from Pau Fierro and knocked it forward to Izzy Payne, who quickly returned it outside the goal box to Rivas. The sophomore quickly touched it between the charging keeper's legs, extending the Matadors lead to 2-0.

Just a minute later, Rivas got behind the defense and found Payne nestled at the top of the box. Payne loaded up a shot just underneath the crossbar to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Matadors would put the finishing touches on the match in the  70th minute when Lirios took an excellent through ball from Tessa Smith and notched her fifth goal of the season to make the scoreline 4-0.

It would hold that way thanks to a second straight clean sheet, this time from Tia Kelk in goal. The backline of Pau Fierro, Charly Boylston, Victoria Clark and Andrea Dominguez all held strong.

Arizona Western received good news earlier in the day, cracking the NJCAA top 20 at #20 on Tuesday.

They will look to further bolster that ranking and their 4-0 mark when they play Yavapai in Prescott on Saturday.

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