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left wing po­si­tion and score off of a re­bound from 12 yards to put AWC up 1-0 in the 39th minute.

Only a minute ear­lier Cayo Ze­lada had a chance that went just high of goal.

“The way we con­nected out of the back (helped us), be­cause they were hold­ing back a lit­tle bit,” sopho­more mid­fielder Steven Salas said. “Our coach told us not to force the ball. They were hold­ing back and when we had chances we

went for­ward.”

With 32 sec­onds left in the first half for­ward Yerry Men­dez found him­self on the re­ceiv­ing end of a cross off of a cor­ner kick by mid­fielder Ge­orge Ko­bel. Men­dez tried and suc­ceeded with a bi­cy­cle kick from about 10 yards to put his team up 2-0. The Scotts­dale goalie was able to get a hand on it, but it still went in.

That goal was his 11th of the sea­son.

“I think our game man­age­ment was re­ally good,” Dale said. “Our guys were smart. They played to open

team­mates and it makes a big dif­fer­ence. It’s that time of year that you have to man­age games. We’re up two-nil with 45 min­utes left, and we were able to pos­sess the ball and counter at­tack. We lim­ited most of their chances.”

AWC kept push­ing for­ward in the sec­ond half, and Scotts­dale didn’t try to counter very of­ten. The Ar­ti­chokes didn’t have a real sus­tained at­tack all night.

A cou­ple of chances went over the net down the stretch and in the 82nd minute mid­fielder Leo Ama­ral had one shot hit the post.

De­spite the chances, they couldn’t cash in again in the sec­ond half.

“Scotts­dale is one of the teams that never gets tired,” Salas said. “We had to be real care­ful for the counter at­tack. We had to keep the ball as much as we can, and we had chances to fin­ish. We had more chances, but I’m happy with the score.”

The win holds AWC (12-41 ACCAC, 40 points) firmly in third place be­hind Phoenix and Pima (both 14-2 ACCAC, 42 points).

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