YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Western College men’s soccer team dropped its first match of the season last week, but the team stayed in the top 10 of the latest NJCAA poll. The Mats (6-1 overall, 6-1 Arizona Community College Athletics Conference) went 2-1 overall in three matches. Tyler is first in the poll, and Monroe is second. Daytona State ranks third.
The Mats topped South Mountain 3-1 last Tuesday at home and conceded their first goal of the season. On Thursday, AWC lost a late lead in a 3-2 loss at then ninth-ranked (now fifth-ranked) Phoenix. Saturday, the Matador midfield powered the team to a 4-1 win over Glendale.
The Mats are off to their best start since 2016. AWC started 5-1-1 that season, but a loss to Phoenix turned to a win when Phoenix forfeited a match for an ineligible player, giving AWC a 6-0-1 record. AWC also started 8-0 in 2012 (after a loss was turned to a win on a Glendale forfeit).
AWC is one of four ranked teams from the ACCAC. Pima, in fourth, moved up two spots. The Mats knocked off Pima 1-0 in their season opener. Phoenix is fifth, and Yavapai dropped from 10th to 15th following a loss.
The Mats are also 10th in the latest USCAA (United Soccer Coaches Association of America) poll.
This week, Arizona Western has one match. The Mats are headed to Scottsdale this afternoon to take on a Fighting Artichokes team that beat 15th ranked Yavapai on the road over the weekend.
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.