YUMA, Ariz. – “For the first time in team history” has described the Arizona Western College women’s soccer team all season long. Now, the team is ranked third in the latest NJCAA poll, the new highest rank in team history. The Lady Mats moved up one spot from fourth after the number one team lost. Tyler is now first, Navarro is second, Monroe College is fourth and Eastern Florida State is fifth.
AWC went 3-0 last week to improve to 11-0 overall and in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. On Tuesday, the Lady Mats beat Cochise 3-1 in a tight, tough match. Thursday, the Lady Mats played well in a big 5-0 win over Mesa that closed out the first half of the season. On Saturday, Christiana Boateng lifted AWC past Pima with a bicycle kick late in the second half for a 3-2 win.
Boateng leads the team and the conference with 18 goals. She also has four assists. Meanwhile, Karen Melendrez and Asare Vera both have a team-best five assists and four goals.
The Lady Mats are one of three ranked teams in the conference. Phoenix is eighth, and Paradise Valley is 19th.
This week, AWC has two matches. Today, the team hosts GateWay Community College at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Mats travel to Chandler-Gilbert.
Tickets for AWC home matches are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors/military. Kids 12 and under and AWC students and staff (with AWC ID) get in for FREE!
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.