Matador men get revenge with win over Coyotes
An ugly mistake let Chandler-Gilbert into a game that Arizona Western had been dominating.
Two goals in 22 seconds erased the bitter taste and propelled the Matadors to a 5-3 home win against the Coyotes on Thursday.
The Coyotes (7-8-1 overall and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) tied the game at 2-2 in the 65th minute when Charlie Dukes corralled a ball that got away from goalie Landy Atienza and directed it into the net.
But 3 minutes later the Matadors (12-4-1 overall, 11-4-1 ACCAC) responded when A.J. Riga scored on a pass from Jordan Evans, who also assisted on Andrew Reveles’ goal that put AWC up 1-0.
Evans didn’t stop there, as AWC took possession of the ball from the Coyotes and the 6-foot sophomore midfielder from Victorville, Calif., connected for his first goal, with an assist from Julio Castillo.
“Jordan Evans had a great night,” coach Kenny Dale said. “Just simple inside of the foot passes and angled runs. Just simplicity. Sometimes when we’re attacking we think too much and try to be too fancy.
Dale said he was not pleased with the play of his goalie or defense.
“It was poor,” Dale said. “We made poor tactical decisions at certain positions, really all over the field. The ones at the back look a little more obvious because it shows on the scoreboard. But when you make bad tactical choices you pay the price. We’re still a work in progress and we have to keep going and do the best we can.”
Castillo also had the Matadors’ second goal of the night, and Cedric Keon Jones had the final AWC score. Hector Briceno connected for the Coyotes in the final 30 seconds.
“We don’t value defending enough as a group – that’s part of our problem,” Dale said. “A 5-3 game is very typical for us. We just need to value defending more.”
The win avenged a loss earlier this season at Chandler-Gilbert.
“We were really motivated to play at home and flip that result we had at their place,” Dale said.