Yavapai College defeated Otero Junior College of La Junta, Colorado 3-0 Saturday afternoon to capture the NJCAA West District Championship. As a result, the Roughriders will make their 20th appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, TX beginning on November 18th. That also marks the 20th West District title and the 71st overall championship (conference, region, district, national) for the program that started in 1989. The 20 tournament appearances are the most of any junior college program in the country.
The victory is the 100th post-season win in the history of the storied program and the 535th overall victory for the program’s only head coach Mike Pantalione making him the NJCAA all-time coaching leader for wins surpassing long time Ulster County Community College (NY) head coach George Vizvary. Vizvary retired in 2010 after 37 years at the helm. Pantalione is in his 25th season at Yavapai College.
The Roughriders scored all their goals in an 18-minute stretch. Scoring Summary:
- 37th minute – Matthew Paine assisted by Yabin Cruz
- 43rd minute – Jake Winship assisted by Matthew Paine
- 55th minute – James Ampleford assisted by Yabin Cruz
Goalkeeper Bradley Trella played all 90 minutes in goal to record the shutout, the 316th in the program’s history.
Yavapai is now 18-2-4 on the season while Otero Junior College finishes with a 16-6-0 record.
The group pairings and schedule for the NJCAA National Tournament will be announced on Tuesday, November 12th. Twelve teams will participate in the tournament that will run from Nov. 18-23 on the campus of Tyler Junior College.
All matches will be streamed live and updates can be found on www.goroughriders.com site, the Roughrider Athletics Facebook page and the Roughrider Athletics Twitter account (Oleruff6).
2013 NJCAA Men’s Division One Soccer FINAL Poll
(Sunday, Nov. 10)
- 1. *Iowa Western, IA (21-0-0)
2. *San Jacinto, Tex. (18-1-0)
3. *Tyler, Tex. (16-2-0)
4. *Yavapai, Ariz. (18-2-4)
5. *Cincinnati State, OH (16-1-2)
6. *Eastern Florida, Fla. (13-1-2)
7. *ASA, NY (12-1-1)
8. Waubonsee, Ill. (18-2-0)
9. Georgia Perimeter, GA (14-2-3)
10. Phoenix, Ariz. (16-1-5)
11. *Burlington, NJ (15-3-2)
12. Bryant & Stratton, NY (11-1-0)
13. Darton State, GA (13-3-1)
14. Dakota County, Minn. (15-3-1)
15. Monroe-Rochester, NY (12-3-2)
16. *Lewis & Clark, Ill. (14-5-1)
17. *Essex-Baltimore County, MD (10-4-4)
18. Louisburg, NC (12-7-1)
19. Otero, Col. (16-6-0)
20. Monroe-Bronx, NY (10-1-3)
Others (IN ORDER): *Cloud County, Kan. (13-8-0); Coffeyville, Kan. (15-4-0); Marshalltown, IA (14-3-1); Lincoln Land, Ill. (15-4-0); Owens, OH (15-6-1); Jefferson, MO (15-7-1); St. Charles, MO (14-4-1); Parkland, Ill. (11-2-4); Lincoln, Ill. (12-5-1); Barton County, Kan. (11-5-1), *Ranger, Tex. (8-9-0).
*Qualified for the National Tournament, Nov. 18-23, in Tyler, Texas