YC Reaches National Title Match
Duarte has 3 assists. Hayden gets second straight shutout. Pantalione becomes all-time victory leader.
Behind stellar defense and timely scoring, the #2 ranked Yavapai College Roughrider soccer team advanced to the NJCAA National Championship Match with a 3-0 victory over #3 ranked Marshalltown, IA. The trip to the title game is the 12th since 1990 for the YC. Yavapai will now square off against the #1 ranked team in the nation, Georgia Perimeter College a 2-1 winner over #5 San Jacinto College, TX earlier in the day.
In tonight’s match, YC took a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute of play as Justin Meram took a pass from Rudy Duarte and quickly deposited it in the back of the net. The score remained the same until the 73rd minute of play as Duarte found a streaking Irving Garcia for the second Roughrider goal. Shortly thereafter (80th minute), Francis Khamis found the net on yet another assist from Duarte. Goalkeeper Sam Hayden played all 90 minutes to record his second consecutive shutout.
With the victory, Head Coach Mike Pantalione becomes the all-time leader for wins at the division I junior college level. Pantalione overtakes legendary soccer coach Pete Sorber at 416.
The National Championship Match will take place on Sunday in Tyler, TX. YC (23-2-0) is looking for their 6th national title while Georgia Perimeter (21-0-2) is seeking their 2nd in four years. The game will kick-off at 12:00 PM Arizona time.