YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Western College women’s soccer team (12-8-1 overall) is proud to announce four players have earned All-Conference/All-Region honors. Cinthya Samaniego and Daisy Rodriguez were named to the All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference/Region I First Team. Karla Navarro earned a spot on the All-ACCAC/Region I Second Teams, and Abigail Rosales was an All-ACCAC/Region I Honorable Mention.
Samaniego spent the season as an attacking force for the Lady Matadors. She led the team with 14 goals (third in the ACCAC). Plus, she scored four game winners and added seven assists. Her confidence grew throughout the season, and she scored in four of her final six matches in the regular season.
Rodriguez constantly created scoring chances throughout the season. The sophomore had 18 assists, good for fifth in the nation (first in the conference), and she added five goals. She finished with multiple assists six times, including a stretch of eight assists over four matches in September.
In the midfield, Navarro served as one of the best two-way players for Arizona Western. She tracked back on defense and carried the ball into space on offense. She finished with 13 goals (tied for fourth in the ACCAC) and eight assists. Her dangerous long-range shot opened up space for her teammates throughout the year.
Rosales spent the season fulfilling any role that the Lady Mats needed. As an attacking midfielder, she created space and time for her teammates while also launching long-range shots on and into the goal. She transitioned to a more defensive, holding midfield position as well and excelled. The sophomore knocked home eight goals to go along with seven assists.
The Lady Mats bowed out to Scottsdale Community College in the Region I Playoffs on Monday night to end their season. The team has made the playoffs in all four seasons of its existence, and AWC hosted its first home playoff match this year.
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 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.