LOCAL GLANCE (Oct. 12): JUCO Soccer, prep volleyball, JUCO volleyball
Matador men fall to South Mountain
The Arizona Western men’s soccer team suffered another upset on Saturday, losing at home to South Mountain 2-1.
The Matadors (12-5-1 overall, 11-5-1 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) jumped up 1-0 in the 56th minute on a goal from Angel Fernandez. But the Cougars (4-12 overall, 4-11 ACCAC) scored the next two, including the game-winner in the 75th minute for the win.
The Matadors assaulted the South Mountain goal with 28 shots but scored just the one time.
“Our unwillingness to make the correct tactical decisions cost us this game,” said AWC coach Kenny Dale, whose Matadors lost two a Chandler-Gilbert team earlier this year that is also sitting on the outside of the playoff picture. “We allowed just two goals, but we only scored one. This team seems to think they will always score and they were unable to do so tonight and because of that, we wound up with a loss.”
AWC women crush Cougars
Arina Bowie and Elisa Espino each scored twice as the Arizona Western women’s soccer team rolled to a 9-0 home win over South Mountain on Saturday.
Espino added a pair of assists. Brandy Martinez, Sarai Evans, Kristian Sanford, Samantha Alvarado and Crystal Franco each scored. All four goals by Bowie and Espino were part of a six-goal effort in the second half.
“We really opened it up in that second half. South Mountain was tired and we had fresh legs.”
The Matadors improved to 13-3-1 while the Cougars fell to 0-16.
Kofa finishes fourth at tourney
The Kofa volleyball team hung tough with some of the best teams in the state and finished fourth at the Lion’s Den Invitational at Mountain View - Marana on Saturday.
Playing modified two-out-of-three matches, the No. 11 Kings were knocked out by No. 2 Campo Verde, which beat Kofa 29-31, 25-21, 15-13 before losing to Tucson High in the championship.
Earlier in the tournament, the Kings beat Division I Cesar Chavez twice and swept No. 17 Cienega. The Kings also lost a rematch to No. 14 Salpointe Catholic, which Kofa swept in a regular season match earlier in the week.
AWC falls at Thatcher
After winning the first match, it was all downhill for the Arizona Wester volleyball team in a 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 loss.
Abbie Noland led the Matadors (13-3 overall, 9-2 ACCAC) with 14 kills and Amber Graham added 13.
The Matadors return home Wednesday to battle Pima at 7 p.m.