Men’s Soccer Region One Playoff Yavapai College vs. Pima CC (Oct 30 6pm)
Records: Yavapai (16-2-3 overall) defeated South Mountain 6-1 on Saturday night; Pima CC (14-6-1) defeated Mesa 2-0 in the first round of the region playoff Monday night in Tucson.
All-Time: The Roughriders are 54-6-4 against the Aztecs scoring 189 goals with 58 against in 64 meetings.
Last Meeting: Yavapai 2 Pima 1 (Oct. 2 at Tucson).
The setting: The Roughriders are 265-10-2 all-time at home, including 38-3 in region playoff matches.
Players to watch: Yavapai—Points leaders Zacarias (29), Cruz (27), Popovic (24), Pacheco (24), Paine (22), Ampleford (18); Pima—Arturo Vega (28 points).
Coaches: Yavapai—Mike Pantalione (533-45-21/25th season); Pima—Dave Cosgrove (241-91-23/17th year).
Fun Facts: This will mark the 600th official match in Roughrider soccer history. Ninety-seven (97) out of 533 Yavapai victories have come in the post-season.
Weather Forecast: Clear, high 59. Sunset at 5:38 p.m.
Next Match: If Yavapai wins, they will be seeking their 21st Region One Title since 1990 on Saturday, Nov. 2. Kickoff at 6:00 p.m. at a location to be determined.
Most Memorable “Six Pack” of Yavapai-Pima Playoff Matches
1. Yavapai 2, Pima 1 (2002 Region Final): Erik Sterling’s free kick with only 10 minutes left forced an overtime with YC winning 4-3 in the first and only shootout ever at Ken Lindley Field.
2. Yavapai 2, Pima 1 (1998 Region Semifinal): Ty Hibbert scored with only 28 seconds remaining in regulation and tallied again in the second overtime.
3. Yavapai 2, Pima 1 (2001 Region Final): YC scored in the 83rd minute to tie the match and force a sudden death overtime which lasted only a minute on Alan Gordon’s game winning goal.
4. Yavapai 1, Pima 0 (2006 Region Final): Chris Johnson scored the winner off a corner kick late in the second half.
5. Yavapai 1, Pima 0 (2008 Region Final): Justin Meram scored a second half goal continuing the run to the school’s 7th national championship and a perfect season.
6. Yavapai 2 Pima 1 (2009 Region Semifinal): Yavapai scored off a corner kick with 42 seconds left in regulation to advance to their 20th consecutive region final.