Roughrider Soccer Releases 2016 Schedule
The 28th season of Yavapai College soccer will kick off with two road matches prior to the home opener on Tuesday, August 30 against Paradise Valley Community College at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley. The Prescott home opener at Ken Lindley Field will take place on Thursday, September 8 versus South Mountain Community College. In addition to the two pre-season contests, the 21-game regular season will feature 12 home matches, with six each in Prescott and Prescott Valley. Kick-off for all home matches start at 6:00 p.m. 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 on the Prescott campus. 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 championships. 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.