YUMA, Ariz. – Despite going 2-0 last week, the Arizona Western women’s soccer team dropped one spot in the latest NJCAA poll. The Lady Mats moved down to 14th in the poll once Laramie County vaulted back into the top five and shifted everyone down one spot. Laramie County had been ranked two weeks ago but missed a nomination form last week to drop out of the top 20.
AWC (11-1-3 overall) matched and then topped their best winning streak last week. On Thursday, the Lady Mats beat GateWay 5-0 to win their seventh straight and tie the 2013 team for longest winning streak. AWC broke the record with a 4-0 shutout of Mesa on Saturday.
The Lady Mats were unranked in the preseason poll, but they jumped to the 17th spot in the first regular season ranking. The team has stayed in the poll since then and climbed as high as 13th last week.
AWC is one of two ranked teams from the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. Phoenix College is fourth.
Tyler (12-0-0) is first, and Laramie County (10-1-0) came in second. Monroe CC (9-1-0) is third, and Navarro (11-1-0) is fifth.
The Lady Mats are at Phoenix this afternoon. The two teams tied earlier this season in Yuma. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
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.