YUMA, Ariz. – One loss bumped the Arizona Western College women’s soccer team out of the top spot in the latest NJCAA rankings. The Lady Mats landed in fourth after holding the top spot for one week. Tyler, Monroe College and Iowa Western moved ahead of AWC. Navarro rounds out the top five.
The Lady Mats lost 4-0 to Paradise Valley in the Region I Championship on Saturday night. That loss snapped a 21-match winning streak, the longest such streak in team history.
Earlier in the fall, the Lady Mats had claimed their first conference title in team history after going 20-0 through the regular season. AWC then beat Scottsdale 1-0 in the Region I Semifinals last week.
Christiana Boateng was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and Nicole Acosta was named the Coach of the Year in her first season at AWC. Five players earned All-Conference honors.
AWC is one of three ranked teams in the ACCAC. Paradise Valley made a huge jump up to 12th, and Phoenix is 13th.
The Lady Mats are waiting to see if they grab an at-large bid for a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Foley, Alabama. The selection committee will decide the at-large bids on Sunday afternoon.
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.