Arsenal Alumni Hatch receives NWSL 2017 Rookie of the Year Award

North Carolina Courage forward Ashley Hatch, Arizona Arsenal 95 Premier Team, was named the 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year after scoring seven goals and adding one assist. This is the second time in four years an Arizona player has been voted Rookie of the Year as Julie Ertz, also an Arsenal Alumni, won the award in 2014.

Hatch was selected as the second overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft and scored her first professional goal on June 3 and amassed 1,200 minutes of play in 22 appearances. Three of her seven goals were game-winning goals and she helped guide the North Carolina Courage to a 16-7-1 record and the NWSL Shield, awarded to the best regular-season record.

Prior to playing professionally, Hatch attended Highland High School, winning the 2012 Division I Arizona State Championship, and competed for BYU at the college level. In four-years, she scored 47 goals and added 21 assists in 75 matches. At the conclusion of her senior season, Hatch was named to the All-America First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Hatch has also been capped at the international level making her debut for the U.S. Women’s National Team in a friendly against Switzerland on October 16, 2016.

2017 Arsenal Challenge a Huge Success

Thank you to the over 420 teams/ representing 5 states, the referees, quality venues, the Arsenal Board of Directors, and the Arsenal Parent Volunteers for making the 2017 Arsenal Challenge a success.

Special recognition to the Arizona Arsenal Teams that won their respective division.

Thompson Barmettler Inducted Into College of Wooster Hall of Fame

Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club Leadership Council Director and Staff Coach Barbara Thompson Barmettler was recently inducted into the College Of Wooster Hall of Fame.

A three-time first-team All-NCAC selection, Thompson went on to garner a spot on the conference’s all-decade team upon the 10th anniversary of the league. She played on teams that went 39-14-7 (.708) and won a pair of conference titles, also the first two in program history.

“Barbie had a great engine on her and would be involved in so many crunching tackles throughout the game,” said Brown. “She was the team leader with her communication, positive support, and high expectations of herself and her teammates. She played the game with a smile but hated to lose and drove her teammates on to perform at their highest level. Barbie was a major factor in the success of the teams in the early 1990s.”

After exhausting her eligibility on the soccer pitch, teammate Marcy Hunt asked Thompson to join the track and field team. Thompson promised she would if she was still in shape upon returning from winter break, and sure enough once January rolled around, Thompson laced it up.

“I told Dennis Rice I wasn’t as fast as mom, but he didn’t care and kept me anyways,” joked Thompson, whose mother, Lois ‘73, is a member of the W Association Hall of Fame, and was one of the founding members of the original women’s track and field team at the College.

Primarily a relay contributor, Thompson was a part of three all-conference relays as a senior, and helped the Scots to runner-up finishes at indoor and outdoor NCAC Championships.

Since graduating from the College with a bachelor’s in fine art, Thompson’s stayed heavily involved in soccer. She played for the Arizona Heatwave for two years, and currently assists her husband, Timothy, with the Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club.

Professionally, Thompson’s a ceramics teacher at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., where she’s chaired the visual arts department for 13 years and has served as the visual arts co-coordinator for 12 years.

Arsenal Player Invited to ECNL National Camp

Alex Sampson of the Arizona Arsenal 01 Premier Girls Teal was invited to the 2017 ECNL National Training Camp that will be held July 27- July 31 at the University of Portland, Oregon.  Sampson competed with West Coast Soccer Club out of Southern California within the ECNL as a Discovery Player.  CLICK HERE to see more information on the event.

Arizona Arsenal Teams win 5 State Cups- More then any other club in the State!

Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club had a historic day in its club history with having 5 teams win Arizona Youth Soccer Association State Cup Championships.  Congratulations to the Arizona Arsenal 03 Premier Girls Teal, Arizona Arsenal 02 Premier Girls Teal, Arizona Arsenal 01 Premier Girls Teal, Arizona Arsenal 99 Premier Boys Teal and Arizona Arsenal 99 Premier Girls Teal for being 2017 State Cup Champions.

On top of the 5 Championships Arizona Arsenal had 3 Finalists.  Congratulations to the Arizona Arsenal 05 Premier Boys Teal, Arizona Arsenal 04 Premier Boys Teal and Arizona Arsenal 00 Premier Girls Teal.

The Arizona Arsenal 04 Premier Girls Teal and Arizona Arsenal 05 Premier Girls Teal finished third and fourth respectively.

The Arizona Arsenal 98 Premier Boys Teal and Arizona Arsenal 98 Premier Girls Teal are still competing in the event.

Arizona Arsenal Holds Overachiever Awards

Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club recently hosted their annual club wide Overachiever Awards.  The event and awards were organized by the Arizona Arsenal Health and High Performance Director Tim McClellan and his staff.  The event gave recognition to individual players on every team at all levels at Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club that excel with their effort and mentality during the speed and conditioning sessions.

“We are very fortunate to have Tim McClellan and his staff work with our players.  There efforts have grown our players athletically, physically, and mentally.” David Belfort, Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club Technical Director