Yavapai Soccer Entering Its 28th Season With 28 Players
If you are a fan of Yavapai College soccer, you will need a scorecard to determine who’s who. The 2016 edition of Roughrider soccer will feature 26 new players and only two returners, sophomore defenders Juan Ramirez (Aloha, Oregon) and Jacob Malach (Boise, Idaho).
Continuing the rich goalkeeping tradition for Yavapai College will be three freshmen–Spencer Coffin (Chino Valley, Arizona), Justin Motzkus (West Valley, Utah) and Darius Ochoa (Seattle, Washington) who is the son of a former Yavapai defender from the mid-90s, Michael Ochoa. Freshmen defenders include John Kanner (Phoenix, Arizona), Johnny Ramirez (Tucson, Arizona), John Scearce (Phoenix, Arizona), Slade Weber (Las Vegas, Nevada), Nicholas Killian (Henderson, Nevada), Isaac Arellano (Las Vegas, Nevada), Esteban Vargas (Oxnard, California), Sergio Gonzalez (La Quinta, California), Peter Torres (La Mirada, California) and Steven Markarian (Cypress, California). The attackers arriving for pre-season training on August 8 are Angel Lopez (Somerton, Arizona), Santos Villasenor (Phoenix, Arizona), Konnor King (Las Vegas, Nevada), Ricardo Nunez-Arellano (North Las Vegas, Nevada), Carlo Quesada (Las Vegas, Nevada), Bailey Watkins (Aztec, New Mexico), Henry Montoya (Las Cruces, New Mexico), Jorge Regalado (Concord, California), Alfredo Figueroa (Long Beach, California), Lorenzo Macias (Buena Park, California), Matthew Jordan (Portland, Oregon), David Gandara (El Paso, Texas) and Ziyad Fares (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
The 28th season of Yavapai College soccer will kick off with two road matches (at Chandler-Gilbert CC, Aug. 23 and at Glendale CC, Aug. 27) prior to the home opener on Tuesday, August 30 against Paradise Valley Community College at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley. All home matches start at 6:00 p.m. with six scheduled for Prescott Valley and six matches at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott. The Roughriders are 288-14-3 all-time at home.
The 2016 schedule marks the return to Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas for the NJCAA National Tournament. The initial national tournament was played in 1961, eight years before the first academic course was offered at Yavapai College. Since 1990, the Roughriders have qualified for 20 national tournaments, finished in the final four 18 times and have made 13 appearances in the national championship game, including seven national titles. Yavapai College have captured three national titles in New Jersey, three in Texas and the one in Phoenix completed their perfect 26-0-0, 2008 season. The Roughriders are 574-50-27 all-time, capturing 73 conference, region, district and national titles. Entering his 28th season at Yavapai College, Michael Pantalione has coached all 651 matches in the program’s storied history.