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.”
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.