Two More Roughriders Will Enter the Soccer Hall of Fame
Two more members of the Yavapai College soccer program will be inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. Standout goal scorer Kevin Jeffrey and defensive standout Matt Kirkpatrick will join 51 other coaches, contributors and players already named in the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. They will be officially honored, along with six other new inductees, at the NJCAA Division One National Tournament Soccer Banquet in Trenton, New Jersey on Wednesday, Nov. 18th.
Kevin Jeffrey scored, at that time, a team record 31 goals for Yavapai College in 1997 captained the unbeaten Roughriders to the NJCAA National Championship over Mercer County 3-0 in New Jersey. In the same season, he was named to the All-America Team and the NJCAA All-Tournament Team, as the top attacker, and was also honored as the 1997 NSCAA National Junior College Player of the Year. He was a forward for two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University and enjoyed a long professional career in the old “A” League, now the United Soccer League. He played for San Francisco, Richmond, Carolina and Toronto where he recorded 72 goals, 38 assists for 182 points. He also represented the Trinidad & Tobago National Team.
Matt Kirkpatrick captained and anchored the Yavapai College defense recording 31 shutouts while compiling an overall record of 45-1-2 during his two year career with the Arizona school. In 1997, he led Yavapai College to the NJCAA National Championship over the host school, Mercer County, NJ 3-0. He was named to the NSCAA All-America Team and the NJCAA National All-Tournament Team, as the top defender. He played two seasons for Virginia Commonwealth University before moving into the professional ranks in the “A” League with San Francisco. After his playing days, he coached at Longwood University (VA) a NCAA Division One program. Currently, he is the assistant coaching director for the Richmond Strikers Soccer Club.
Ten Roughriders in the Soccer Hall of Fame (the most inducted from any NJCAA school)
Coach (1): Mike Pantalione (1989-current, head coach) Note: first active coach ever inducted along with Charlie Inverso from Mercer County CC.
Contributor (1): Hugh Bell (1992-current, assistant coach) Note: first assistant coach ever inducted along with Larry Povia from Mercer County CC.
Players (8): Edson Rico (1989, 1990 forward), Jose Corona (1990, 1991 defender), Darren Clare (1992, 1993 defender), Avery John (1994, 1995 defender), Kelvin Jack (1997, 1998 goalkeeper), Alan Gordon (2001-2002 forward), Kevin Jeffrey (1996, 1997 forward) and Matt Kirkpatrick (1996, 1997 defender). Note: Yavapai has the most players inducted with eight. The next school is Mercer County CC with five.
The 2009 NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees
Coaches (2): Marc Zagara, Fingers Lake (NY) & Georgia Perimeter College; Steve Clements , Meridian CC (Miss.) & Tyler Junior College (Tex.)
Contributors (0): none named for 2009.
Players (6): Daouda Kante, Mercer County (NJ), Stern John, Mercer County (NJ), Matt Tanzani, Herkimer County (NY), Kevin Jeffrey (Yavapai), Matt Kirkpatrick (Yavapai), and Matt Spears, State Fair CC (Mo.).