Roughrider Soccer Releases 2017 Schedule
The 29th season of Yavapai College soccer will kick off with their conference and home opener on Tuesday, August 22 against Chandler-Gilbert Community College at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley. The Prescott home opener at Ken Lindley Field will take place on Tuesday, September 5 versus Phoenix College. The 22-game regular season will feature 12 home matches, with six each in Prescott and Prescott Valley. Two special non-conference matches will take place against West District programs from Utah, Salt Lake Community College (Aug. 24 in Prescott) and Snow College (Sept. 9 in Prescott Valley). Kick-off for all home matches start at 6:00 p.m. The Roughriders are 298-15-3 all-time at home.
The 2017 schedule also marks the return of the NJCAA National Tournament to the area which last hosted the event in 2014. The 12 team field will compete for the national title, November 13-18 in Prescott Valley. The tournament banquet is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Contact Athletic Director Brad Clifford for details.
The initial NJCAA soccer 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 592-54-27 all-time, capturing 74 conference, region, district and national titles. Entering his 29th season at Yavapai College, Michael Pantalione has coached all 673 matches in the program’s storied history.