Roughriders Open National Soccer Tourmnament With A Bang

14 November 2017
Freshman attacker William Baynham congratulates sophomore attacker John Sceacre after scoring the second goal of the night for Yavapai College on Monday, November 13th, 2017 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Roughriders Soccer Starts NJCAA National Soccer Tournament with 9-0 Win

PRESCOTT VALLEY- The Yavapai College Roughriders came into the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) National Soccer Tournament as the top goal-scoring squad. The team didn’t disappoint on Monday, November 13th, in front of the home fans at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley, beating Waubonsee Community College 9-0 to open pool play.

“It was very important to get off to a good start,” Roughriders Head Coach Michael Pantalione said. “The game was essentially over at halftime. It’s critical because we’re potentially looking at four matches in one week. To shorten this game and save our legs for Wednesday against a quality Mercer (Community College) team was very important.”

Yavapai College was already on the board eight minutes into the game as sophomore attacker Carlo Quesada opened the scoring on a goal assisted by William Baynham.

“Before the game, coach told us about setting the scene and starting off strong,” Quesada said. “Will saw me so he played me on that through ball.”

The scoring continued through the first half on goals by John Scearce (22nd minute), Jose Perez Flores (27th minute) and Ziyad Fares (43rd minute).

The Roughriders continued the onslaught right after halftime on two consecutive goals from Angel Lujan in the 43rd and 47th minute.

Alex Guardano added two additional goals later in the game while Jacob Downey also added a score to secure the victory.

“We don’t know those guys so we just came here and played like we’ve been doing the whole season long,” Guardano said.

In the victory, Yavapai College broke their own 24-year-old NJCAA national record for goals in a season with 136.

“It starts with the defense, winning the balls, and continues with the passing game,” Pantalione said. “It’s a matter of possessing the ball, moving it around and finding the open man.”

After a day off, the Roughriders continue their trek to the championship on Wednesday, November 15th, at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley against Monroe County Community College. Kick-off is 2:30 pm.