YC, ERAU To Play Midnight Madness
The Roughrider soccer team and the soccer team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will face each other for the first time ever in an exhibition match scheduled for 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 31.
The NAIA and NJCAA rules restrict the number of playing dates in the spring. As a result, both schools will play Grand Canyon University later in the day on Saturday, March 31st. The Roughriders will kick-off against the Antelopes at 11:00 a.m. at ERAU while the Eagles will host GCU at 6:00 p.m.
Due to scheduling difficulties year in and year out, the possibility of both teams playing each other has been difficult. Head Yavapai soccer coach Mike Pantalione and Head ERAU soccer coach Matt Barnes were able to find a common date and time that was conducive to both teams affiliation rules and each schools schedules.