Soccer Wins 6th National Title
The Yavapai College Roughrider soccer team (24-2-0) captured their sixth NJCAA National Championship with a shootout victory over Georgia Perimeter College (21-1-2) Sunday afternoon in Tyler, TX at the National Tournament.
The Jaguars took the lead in the 10th minute of the game and YC responded in the 33rd minute as Justin Meram took a pass from Irving Garcia to tie the score. Yavapai took the lead right after halftime; in the 50th minute, Francis Khamis found the back of the net after receiving a pass from Colby Swensen. GPC responded quickly in the 53rd minute to tie the score and took the lead in the 85th minute on what appeared to be the game winner. However, in the 88th minute, Meram got the equalizer on an assist from Camilo Valencia.
Both teams played two overtime periods without scoring which led to a sudden death shootout. After 6 rounds of shootouts, both teams were still tied. Dirk Peterson was the seventh YC player to kick and successfully knocked it in. On the Jaguars response, Yavapai goalkeeper, Sam Hayden denied the attempt to secure the national title. In the shootout, Vincent Fimbrez, Chris Hunter, Meram, Evan McNiel and Peterson were the goal scorers.
YC can undeniably be called the team of the last two decades with 3 national titles in the 90’s and 3 championships to this point in this decade. Additionally, Yavapai has appeared in 12 national title games netting 6 victories. The Roughriders overall record now stands at an astounding 417-29-13 and the 24 wins this season ties a school record for most victories in a season.