YUMA, Ariz. – For the third straight match, the 17th ranked Arizona Western women’s soccer team went a full 110 minutes without a decision. The Lady Mats tied Scottsdale 1-1 as both teams scored in the final 15 minutes.
Arizona Western (3-1-3 overall, 3-1-3 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) controlled the ball through much of the contest. Finally the team broke through in the 78th minute. On the counterattack, Christiana Boateng pushed the ball wide to Karen Melendrez on the right side. Melendrez touched it forward and drew the goalkeeper out before slotting it far post for a goal. It was her ninth goal of the season.
In the 89th minute, Scottsdale tied things up. AWC turned it over, and the Fighting Artichokes counterattacked up the middle of the field. A long ball bounced forward, and Scottsdale weaved through the defense. Amanda Grifol slipped it to Jessica Larsen in the box, and Larsen rolled it to the far post and in.
AWC pressed hard in overtime, but the Lady Mats couldn’t punch anything home. AWC finished the game with 17 shots while Scottsdale had four.
The Lady Mats will be on the road on Saturday at Paradise Valley Community College. Kick-off is set for noon.
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.