YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Western women’s soccer team was shut out of the preseason poll but broke through in the first regular season poll thanks to a strong start. The Lady Mats are 17th in the first NJCAA regular season poll of the year.
“Being ranked is such an honor,” said AWC head coach Alexia Poon. “The team has worked incredibly hard over the past month while facing some adversity along the way. It’s great to be recognized, but we still have a lot of season left. We are only in week four, and it is still anyone’s game.”
The Lady Mats went 1-0-2 last week after beating GateWay on the road and tying Mesa and Phoenix at home. Cinthya Samaniego was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week after racking up four goals and three assists.
On the season, AWC holds a 3-1-2 record overall and in conference play. This is the second season that the Lady Mats have grabbed a spot in the top 20. AWC was ranked 20th for two weeks last season.
AWC is one of two ranked teams from the ACCAC. Phoenix is ranked sixth. Pima is also receiving votes after being ranked 20th in the preseason poll. Tyler, Eastern Florida State, Laramie County, Monroe and Navarro make up the top five.
The Lady Mats host Scottsdale Community College this afternoon at 4:30 pm before traveling to Paradise Valley on Saturday. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and military members. Children 12 and under and AWC students and staff (with current school ID) get in for FREE!
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.