The Arizona Western women’s soccer team entered Thursday night’s game riding a 10-game unbeaten streak.
That abruptly came to an end after losing 4-0 to Chandler-Gilbert Community College on a windy evening.
On the coolest night in Yuma this fall, the red-hot Matadors’ offense fizzled. So did their defense.
The match was delayed 45 minutes due to the Coyotes team bus suffering a flat tire on its trip to Yuma, but the visiting team certainly did not let the inconvenience hinder their performance.
The Coyotes (10-3 overall, 5-2 ACCAC) were the bigger, faster and stronger team on the pitch and they made that known early with the ACCAC leading scorer Kenadi Green connecting on a corner kick in the 2nd minute. Greene would later add her 15th goal of the season.
In the 9th minute, the Matadors (8-3-2 overall, 4-1-2 ACCAC) had their best scoring opportunity of the first half as Karen Rivas scurried past Coyotes defenders to get a one-on-one match up with the goalkeeper. But like she did all night, Hailey Berry, the Coyotes keeper, made the save.
Eleven minutes later, the Coyotes extended their lead to two with Alison Washatka booming a kick from midfield that one-hopped over Melanie Yanez’s head for the goal.
With the fierce wind to their backs, the Coyotes aimed to be aggressive on the offensive end.
Chandler-Gilbert continued to execute at a high-level with 10 minutes remaining before half. The Coyotes’ Elena Etchamendy ripped a screamer from the top of the box past Yanez to add their third goal of the half.
The Matadors trailed by double-digits at the half for just the third time this season. They’re now 0-3 in those contests.
Although AWC played much better defensively in the second half, surrendering just one goal to the Coyotes, the offense continued to struggle.
The Matadors failed to maintain possession throughout the night and even when they produced scoring opportunities, Berry made easy work defending the net.
The Matadors did score a goal late in the second half, but it was erased due to a penalty on AWC just seconds before Tyra McKenzie unleashed a missile into the net.
The absence of Raheal Aka-Ety, second in goals on the team (8), was apparent on Thursday. Aka-Ety has missed the last three games with an injury.