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Roughrider Soccer Wins Semi-Final, Guarantees Spot In National Tournament

04 November 2017  
Roughrider freshman attacker Jose Perez Flores scores a goal against Snow College in the West District Semi-Final on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Yavapai College will Participate In The NJCAA National Tournament at Mountain Valley Park In Prescott Valley

PRESCOTT- The Yavapai College Roughriders soccer team beat Snow College on Friday, November 3rd, at Ken Lindley Field 5-1 in the West District semi-final and with the win, guarantees a spot in the national tournament no matter the result in the championship game against Pima Community College on Saturday.

“You got to give the players all the credit,” Roughriders Head Coach Michael Pantalione said. “There is a lot of pressure on them throughout the season knowing that Yavapai College and the town of Prescott Valley and the city of Prescott is hosting this tournament…they should be rewarded because they worked all season long.”

“To make our 21st appearance at a national tournament this year is truly special,” Pantalione continued.

Yavapai College scored the first and only goal in the opening half during the 14th minute on a score from Jose Perez Flores, assisted from Carlo Quesada.

“We knew the game was going to open up a bit (after halftime) because we didn’t have to deal with the infield at Ken Lindley,” Pantalione said. “We just wanted to get into halftime 1-0. We were extremely happy at that point.”

Quesada added to Roughrider lead in the 50th minute with a goal assisted by Perez-Flores.

“First half we got a goal then we eventually started hitting long balls,” Perez-Flores said. “Second half, we came in with the mentality of putting the ball on the ground.”

Snow College would respond and cut the deficit to a one with 14 minutes remaining.

However, two minutes later, John Scearce would get the goal back for Yavapai College on another assist by Perez-Flores.

That pretty much sealed the deal,” Pantalione said. “Mentally, it was tough for Snow (College) to come back again after they worked so hard to get that first goal.”

The Roughriders assured victory with two additional goals late in the match. Quesada scored his second goal in the 79th minute, assisted by David Gandara. Alex Guadron added a goal in the final minute, assisted by Angel Lujan.

Pima Community College beat Otero Junior College 2-1 in overtime before the Yavapai College match began. Thus, the two teams will face off on Saturday, November 4th, for the fourth time this year in a battle for the District Championship and NJCAA National Tournament seeding. Both teams have already qualified for the national tournament in Prescott Valley.

The match starts at 3:00 pm and is being held at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott.