Ari will be joining a @CochiseCCsoccer team that won their conference last year and features the ACCAC Coach of the Year, Player of the Year and a talented, diverse roster ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/FGI962H0pg
— Sunnyside HS Girls Soccer (@SunnysideGirls) February 12, 2021
Sunnyside standout midfielder/forward Ari Loya signed to play for Cochise College on Thursday. Loya has two goals for the Blue Devils so far and the team is sitting at an even 1-1 record with a trip to play Salpointe (3-0) scheduled for Feb. 16.
Located in Douglas, the Apaches have former Douglas High School standouts Damariz Miranda, Yunise Murguía and Bri Guzman on the roster along with Nogales standouts Marlene Padilla and Maile Vasquez. Rio Rico’s Samantha Renteria, Sahuarita’s Mildred Long and Buena’s Astrid Galvez also signed on.
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