YUMA, Ariz. – Cinthya Samaniego etched her name into Arizona Western College women’s soccer history with an incredible two-year career for the Lady Mats, and now she has added one more award. The All-American was named a finalist for the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators Scholar-Athlete Award this spring.
Samaniego was nominated after leading the Lady Matador soccer program to its first playoff wins in team history as the team advanced to the Region I Final. Plus, she was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year as well as an NJCAA First Team All-American, both firsts for the AWC soccer program.
The sophomore spearheaded a potent Lady Matador offense with 26 goals (13th in the nation) and 14 assists in 23 games. She scored multiple goals in 10 matches this season and had two game winners.
As a freshman, Samaniego scored 14 goals and had seven assists on the way to being named to the All-ACCAC and All-Region First Teams.
On national signing day, she signed with Minot State and is headed to play soccer in North Dakota in the fall.
The Lady Mats went 15-5-3 overall and had three other players named to the All-Conference and All-Region teams.
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.