Douglas, Ariz — The Apache women fell last Thursday, October 9th to a strong Arizona Western team by the final score of 2-1. This was a much-improved result for the Apaches as they fell 0-4 the first time these two teams met. The Apaches came into the game looking to continue their challenge for the final playoff spot in the ACCAC.
The Apaches started the match with relentless pressure which paid off with a shot and corner kick with the first minute of the game. The visiting Matadors struggled with the pressure as the Lady Apaches continued to turn them over in their defensive half.
The Lady Apaches’ pressure was rewarded with a goal in the 25th minute. T’naiha Williams was fouled outside the box just to the left of the goal after an intercepted pass and dribble. The resulting free kick was played in by Elia Mendoza. Mendoza played the ball into a dangerous area just along the six-yard box. The Matadors keeper was able to get a hand to the shot but was not able to keep the ball from hitting the back of the net.
The Apaches continued to press the play, unfortunately, the visitors were able to level the match in the 38th minute off a set piece of their own. After an initial corner kick was asked to be retaken,f the Matadors took the lead on the second try with a header into the far left corner of the net. The match reached halftime knotted at one apiece.
The second half saw the Matadors up the tempo and pace of the game which put Cochise on the back foot for much of the half. Defensively the Apaches stayed resolute and were able to turn away multiple attacks to keep the game at 1-1.
The best chance of the half for the Lady Apaches again came from a set piece situation. Jessica Messer was able to get her head on the delivery into the box by Caty Gonzalez, but directed the header just past the near post. This miss would come back to hurt the Apaches as the Matadors scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute after a missed clearance in the back by Cochise.
The loss damages the Apaches playoff aspirations, but the team will look to rebound in the remaining six games of the regular season. The Apaches will head on the road to take on the conference-leading Paradise Valley Pumas in their next match.