The Yavapai College women’s soccer team is getting hot at the right time. Coming into October and its biggest week of soccer yet, the Roughriders are riding a six-game win streak, heading into their matchups with the No. 15-ranked Arizona Western College Matadors (NJCAA DI) and No. 3-ranked Pima Community College Aztecs (NJCAA DII).
Soccer starts on Tuesday, October 4, in Prescott, Arizona, at Ken Lindley Field where the Roughriders will take on the Matadors with kickoff set for 6 p.m. After a few off days, the Roughriders then travel to Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, October 8, for their matchup with the Aztecs with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s match will be streamed on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
Ranked No. 15 in the NJCAA DI Rankings and atop the conference, Arizona Western comes into its matchup with YC at 8-0 overall and 6-0 within the conference. The Matadors’ wins have come over CSN, Yavapai, South Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Phoenix, Chandler-Gilbert and Mesa.
Earlier in the season, the Roughriders and Matadors matched up in Yuma, Arizona. After YC tied the match with 18 minutes to go, Arizona Western was able to net two more goals in regulation to take home the 3-1 victory.
Ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA DII Rankings, Pima comes into its matchup with YC at 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Its lone loss came to Phoenix and it has defeated Yavapai, Western Wyoming, Cochise, GateWay, South Mountain, Mesa, Glendale and Chandler-Gilbert.
Earlier this season, the Roughriders and Aztecs matched up at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Arizona, when Pima was ranked No. 2 in the country. In the game, the Aztecs scored an early goal and were able to hold on for the narrow 1-0 victory.
Yavapai comes into its big week of soccer tied atop the conference with the Matadors as both squads are the only ACCAC teams with perfect conference records (6-0). Overall, the Roughriders are 7-4 this season and are on the aforementioned six-game win streak that has included home games, road games, close games and blowouts as well.
Player To Watch
Sophomore forward Hanna Urtado is on fire with eight goals in her last five games and seven goals in the last three games, including a hat trick against Paradise Valley.
One Last Thing
While the Roughriders defeated Pima last season, they are still searching for their first program victory over the Matadors in hopes of that coming on Tuesday night.
– D.J. Irwin