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Phoenix's Arollo named ACCAC Women's Soccer Player of Week
 August 30, 2013


PHOENIX – Phoenix College is proud to announce that PC Women’s Soccer player Jasmine Arollo (JAZZ-minn ah-ROY-yoh) has been named as the ACCAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week ending August 25th.  She’s the inaugural winner of the award for this season, and she’s the first Bears’ Women’s Soccer player to take home the award since Stephanie Cabrera won it in early October of last year.  The announcement comes just four days after Arollo helped the Bears stay perfect on the young season with a 2-1 victory over Arizona Western College at Hogan Field at Hoy Stadium on the Phoenix College campus Saturday night.                     

Ever since Arollo decided to move from Scottsdale Community College-where she played her freshman year of soccer in 2012-to PC, the question of how quickly she’d mesh with her new teammates was one that peaked the curiosity of PC Women’s Head Soccer Coach Chris Sagar (suh-GAHR).  Sagar didn’t have to wait long at all to get his answer, since it’s seemed like his sophomore forward has been just about everywhere she’s needed to be in this young season.  Thursday night in the Bears’ season opener at Gateway, Arollo set an early, team-oriented tone that permeated the rest of the match for her teammates by assisting on the team’s two first-half goals.  Her setup of Brittney Rowe in the 7th minute of the match gave the Bears the lead for good, then helped find Courtney Perry 16 minutes later that allowed the Bears to head to halftime with a 2-0 lead.  Arollo was far from done, since the Bears’ third goal of the season (and Perry’s 2nd of the night) was Arollo’s third assist in the 55th minute.  Arollo finally got into the goal scoring category herself in the 81st minute to cap off a 5-1 win at Rose Mofford Sports Complex.  Scoring was much tougher to come by two nights later in the Bears’ home opener, but that didn’t inhibit Arollo a bit.  Arollo helped welcome the Matadors’ first-year women’s soccer team to the league by assisting on the Bears’ first goal of the night in the 10th minute, setting up Amy Gutierrez’s header to ensure the Bears wouldn’t trail during the night en route to a 2-1 win.  For the week, Arollo finished with not only the conference lead in assists with 4, but also a tie for the lead in the nation in that category.  Her six points on the season also placed her in the NJCAA Top 20 in that category.

Arollo and the Bears will try for their first 3-0 start to a season since 2009 as they close out their two-match homestand tomorrow night, Thursday, August 29th.  They’ll host last year’s Region I runners-up, the 9th-ranked Scottsdale Artichokes, in a huge early-season ACCAC Women’s Soccer matchup.  Sagar’s squad will kick off an ACCAC Men’s-Women’s Soccer doubleheader at Hogan Field (2020 South Avenue 8E in Yuma) starting at 6PM, with Dave Cameron’s undefeated Bears’ Men’s Soccer team taking on the Scottsdale men at 8PM.  Admission prices for that night are as follows:  $5 for adults; $3 for students with a valid ID; and kids 12 and under get in FREE.

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