White Knuckler

YUMA, Ariz. – Thursday night, the soccer wasn’t pretty, but it was enough to keep the Arizona Western College women’s soccer team undefeated. The Lady Mats (17-0-0 overall, 17-0-0 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) won 2-1 in overtime against Scottsdale Community College (8-6-2 overall, 8-6-2 ACCAC).

Kelsey Ramirez and Maesy Ramirez broke the tie a little more than five minutes into extra time off a corner kick. Maesy crossed it to the front of the six-yard box, and Kelsey nodded the ball home before her teammates rushed onto the field to celebrate the winner. It was her first goal of the season.

The match was a tight, tense affair throughout as Scottsdale dropped deep and stayed compact all match on defense. In the first half, AWC struggled to connect and find seams in the defense as Scottsdale sat back and absorbed pressure. AWC’s best chance came on a cross that was headed backward by Scottsdale’s back line off the bottom of the crossbar, but it didn’t go in. The score was 0-0 at the half.

In the second half, AWC started to find success moving forward, and Christiana Boateng and Asare Vera both had really good chances. Finally, after the water break, AWC capitalized on a Scottsdale turnover in the midfield. Before the defense could get set, Boateng passed it wide to Maesy Ramirez. Ramirez took a touch and lofted it forward just in front of the 18-yard box, and Vera jumped up and kneed it over a diving goalkeeper for a goal. Her 10th goal of the year put AWC up 1-0 in the 70th minute.

Scottsdale kept absorbing pressure and was able to creep forward with the wind behind it as the second half moved along. SCC’s Dalinda Uselton poked the ball away from Maesy Ramirez on the left side of the field, took two touches and launched a shot on goal from 30 yards out. The ball carried over Cyan Scott’s head for a goal to make it 1-1with 1:26 to go in the second half. It was Uselton’s 5th goal of the season.

The Lady Mats close out the regular season with three road matches. AWC needs one more win to clinch its first ever conference title and the number one seed in the Region I Playoffs. Tuesday, the team travels to Cochise for a match at 2:00 p.m.

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.

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