Tomorrow’s men’s and women’s soccer games at Ken Lindley Field have been moved to
Wednesday, October 5. Same time and same place.
It’s the best sports month of the year across the country and the same goes for the Yavapai College men’s soccer team as it is set for great competition this week from the No. 7-ranked Arizona Western College Matadors (NJCAA DI) and No. 5-ranked Pima Community College Aztecs (NJCAA DII).
Soccer begins on Tuesday, October 4, in Prescott, Arizona, at Ken Lindley Field where the Roughriders will take on the Matadors with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. After a few off days, the Roughriders head to Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, October 8, for their game against the Aztecs with kickoff set for 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s match will be streamed on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
Ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA DI Rankings, Arizona Western comes into its matchup with YC at 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the conference. The conference-leading Matadors lone loss came early in the season to CSN with a final score of 4-2. They have defeated Casper, CSN, Laramie County, Imperial Valley, South Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Phoenix, Chandler-Gilbert and Mesa this season and are currently on a nine-game win streak.
Ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA DII Rankings, Pima comes into its matchup with YC at 7-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the conference. Ranked second in the conference, the Aztecs have beaten Glendale twice, Chandler-Gilbert twice, Yavapai, GateWay and South Mountain this season with its lone loss against Mesa and tie against Phoenix.
Earlier in the season, the Roughriders faced the Aztecs in Prescott, Arizona, when they were ranked No. 1 in the country. In the match, YC took a 1-0 lead, however, Pima snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a late goal to tie things up followed by an OT winner.
Yavapai comes into its big week of soccer in third place in the conference while riding a three-game win streak. All three victories have been shutouts at home and it has propelled the Roughriders to a 6-2 overall record and 4-1 conference record.
Player To Watch
Freshman midfielder Austin Pearcy had zero points before Yavapai’s three-game win streak. During the streak, Pearcy scored twice and tallied three assists for a total of seven points and is an added threat to YC’s offense.
One Last Thing
The Roughriders are looking to pick up their first victory against Pima since the 2019 season and first victory against the Matadors since the 2020-21 COVID season.
– D.J. Irwin