Arollo earns NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer All-American honors
ACCAC Player of the Year Runnerup named to 3rd Team
Phoenix, Arizona – December 6, 2013 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that PC Women’s Soccer player Jasmine Arollo (JAZZ-minn uh-ROY-yoh) has been named as an NJCAA 3rd Team All-American. It’s the second straight year (and the third time in the last 4 seasons) that the Bears have placed a women’s soccer player on the NJCAA All-American list as Arollo follows the lead of last year’s ACCAC Player of the Year, PC’s Stephanie Cabrera. Arollo is half of the two-player contingent to represent the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference on the 2013 All-American list. The announcement comes just five weeks after Arollo led the Bears to their ninth Region I Playoff berth in the last 10 years.
Arollo spent last year squaring off against Cabrera as a member of the 2012 Region I Runners-up, the Scottsdale Artichokes, and brought that desire to go far in the postseason with her to PC this season. From the moment she donned the blue and gold for the first time during preseason drills this past August, Arollo became a marked woman, since opponents knew she would be the main offensive cog in the Bears’ machine. With that said, opponents still found few ways to stop her from finding the net, since the alumnus of Apollo High School led the Bears in points, goals and assists from start to finish, and her 78 shots on goals were 2nd-most in the conference. Arollo recorded at least one goal or assist in 13 of the 15 matches that the Bears scored in, and had five multiple-goal games in 2013. Arollo also made sure that South Mountain Community College would be happy to see her leave, since she had ‘hat tricks’ (3 goals in one match) in both of the Bears’ matchups against the Cougars this season. Arollo’s season numbers of 42 points and 16 goals placed her 2nd in the ACCAC in both categories, and her 10 assists were 3rd-best in the conference. Not surprisingly, the opposing coaches showed their respect to Arollo at their postseason meetings by naming her 1st Team All-ACCAC & 1st Team All-Region I as she finished 2nd in the balloting for the Player of the Year award to Paradise Valley’s Nicole Nsa.
While he only had her in his stead for one year, her head coach in 2013 knows what big shoes he will have to fill for the future with Arollo’s impending graduation in May. “I am so excited for Jasmine to get recognized as an All-American this year. I think that last year-as a freshman-she was just as good and somehow got overlooked,” said Bears’ Women’s Head Soccer Coach Chris Sagar. “We were delighted by her move here from Scottsdale this season, and she came through for us big-time. She's a quality player and a great kid, and I wish her the best at the four-year level.” The next step towards that graduation happens next week, as Arollo joins her teammates and the PC student body in taking their fall semester finals on the PC campus.