Yavapai Reaches Final Four
Will square off with #3 ranked Marshalltown, Iowa
The #2 ranked Roughrider soccer team advanced to the NJCAA National Semi-final match this afternoon with a 1-0 victory over #7 Illinois Central College in Tyler, Texas. The win guarantees Yavapai their 16th top four national finishes in their memorable history. On Friday, November 16th, YC will face #3 ranked Marshalltown, Iowa, a 2-1 victor over #6 Mercer County CC, New Jersey this evening. The match will begin at 5:00 PM Arizona time.
The lone goal of today’s event came in the 55th minute of action as Evan McNiel hit a driving cross from the right corner where Francis Khamis buried it with his head from 6 yards away. Recording the shutout on the evening was Sam Hayden as he was in goal for 90 minutes. YC improves their overall record to 22-2-0.
In other quarterfinal action, #1 ranked Georgia Perimeter beat #8 CCBC-Essex, Maryland, 3-0 and #5 San Jacinto, Texas upset defending national champions, #4 Jefferson, Missouri, 1-0.
In addition to the team advancing, head coach Mike Pantalione recorded his 415th overall victory tying him with famed St. Louis-Flo Valley soccer coach Pete Sorber for the most Division I junior college wins all-time.