Some­thing dif­fer­ent

Lady Mats pushed to OT for 1st time this year, get game-win­ner from un­likely source


With Maesy Ramirez set to take a cor­ner kick, Kelsey Ramirez’s coaches in­structed her to drop back.

Thing was, Kelsey mis­heard Ni­cole Acosta and Co.

“I thought I heard my coaches say, ‘Kelsey, get in,’” Ari­zona Western’s fresh­man de­fender said.

So Kelsey dashed from the top of the box to the near post as Maesy sent the cor­ner kick in her twin sis­ter’s di­rec­tion in the 96th minute of Thurs­day night’s game against Scotts­dale, and Kelsey headed it in.

Ari­zona Western 2, Scotts­dale 1 — the Mata­dors (170 over­all) are still per­fect.

“Pretty great,” Kelsey said. “I didn’t think we would go into over­time, but it feels great that we were able to pull it off.”

It was the first time all sea­son that the No. 2-ranked Mata­dors were

AWC: 17-0 over­all SCC: 8-6-2 over­all

pushed to over­time, which hap­pened thanks to an 89th-minute goal by Scotts­dale’s Dalinda Usel­ton just when it looked like AWC was about to post its ninth shutout vic­tory of the year.

“They need to learn to play the 90 min­utes,” said Acosta, AWC’s first-year coach.

“I think we just got re­ally com­pla­cent,” Kelsey Ramirez said. “We were like, ‘OK, we’re win­ning, we’re wast­ing time,’ but they hus­tled un­til the end and we didn’t and that’s why they got that goal.”

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ARI­ZONA WESTERN’S KELSEY RAMIREZ (THIRD FROM RIGHT) points to her­self, let­ting her sis­ter Maesy Ramirez (6) know it was she who scored, af­ter net­ting the win­ning goal in the 96th minute of Thurs­day night’s game against Scotts­dale at AWC. The Mata­dors won 2-1 on Ramirez’s golden goal, which came on a header off of a cor­ner kick taken by her sis­ter.

Ari­zona Western 2 Scotts­dale 1 (OT)

ARI­ZONA WESTERN’S HASANA PURE­WAL (left) and Scotts­dale’s Alexis Ri­ley (right) bat­tle for the ball dur­ing the sec­ond half of Thurs­day night’s game at AWC.

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