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Yavapai College Soccer Team Rides Into the National Semi-Finals
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16 November 2017   Zachary Shaver
All photos by Lynne LaMaster

The Roughriders defeat Mercer County Community College, 7-2.

Yavapai College (YC) defeated long-time traditional rival Mercer County Community College, 7-2, Wednesday afternoon in the second of two matches of group play in the 2017 National Championship Tournament. YC is now 23-2-3 on the year. The victory marks the 108th all-time post season victory for the Green and Gold and secures the 19th final four.

Yavapai and Mercer have met 10 previous times with 6 of those matches being played for the National Title. All previous meetings were played outside the state of Arizona.

Scoring Summary

4th minute – Ricardo Nunez-Arellano (#8) assisted by John Scearce (#23)
17th minute – David Gandara (#9) assisted by Ziyad Fares (#3)
22nd minute – Mercer
27th minute – David Gandara (#9) assisted by Jose Perez Flores (#25)
57th minute – William Baynham (#20) assisted by Jose Perez Flores (#25)
59th minute – Jose Perez Flores (#25) unassisted
66th minute – John Scearce (#23) assisted by Angel Lujan (#6)
74th minute – Mercer
84th minute – Angel Lujan unassisted (#6)

 

YC advances to the National Semi-Final round with Wednesday’s victory. Yavapai will face the defending National Champions Tyler Junior College. Yavapai owns a 4-0-0 record against the Apaches facing them in 1991, 1995, 1996 and 2006. Tyler will be seeking their sixth national title and YC will be searching for their eighth crown.

Friday’s match will begin at 3:00 PM at Mountain Valley Park. 

Tickets are available at the gate - $10 for a day pass. You may bring chairs or blankets to sit on. 

Did you know?

The Roughriders have scored more goals during the tournament than any other team in the Championships. 

Yavapai College is the top NJCAA Men’s Division 1 Soccer Team since 1989. Team #2? Mercer.

Information from the Yavapai College 2017 Soccer Media Guide & Record Book

Links:

YC Roughriders Soccer

YC Roughriders Soccer Roster

Up-to-date tournament match schedules and results