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
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).