The Yavapai College men’s soccer team faced off against the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes on the road on Tuesday night in its season opener and emerged victorious with a 4-1 score.
The season-opening victory was also the first collegiate coaching victory for Head Coach Chris Houser.
“First off, congrats to the women’s team: it was a great night for YC soccer,” said Houser after watching the women win 3-1 before his squad’s game. “Whether it was my first win or 100th win, I couldn’t be more excited to see this team get better.
“Coach Ryder [Vanderheyden] is a tremendous value to the team and to me, so I am excited to have him on the sideline with me. The team is starting to come together. As the head coach, I feel it’s all about getting better every day, on and off the field. When we stay disciplined, we are able to be creative. If you like good soccer, come out and support YC men’s soccer!”
YC got off to a quick start as sophomore forward Christopher Cornn scored the first goal of the season just three minutes into the contest. Sophomore forward Mael Lopes tallied the assist on the play.
CSN tied the match at 1-1 just 10 minutes after Cornn’s score, however, the tie didn’t last long as sophomore forward Iann Topete tallied his first goal of the season at the 23-minute mark. Cornn collected the assist on Topete’s goal.
The 2-1 lead the Roughriders took into the locker room at halftime proved to be one they would not surrender.
About 30 minutes into the second half, sophomore forward Jose Vega provided YC with some insurance in a big way.
Vega scored his first goal of the season and was assisted by sophomore midfielder Brandon Pulido. Just two minutes later, Vega struck again for his second goal of the season, giving YC a 4-1 lead that proved to be the final score.
The assist on Vega’s second goal came from freshman goalkeeper Rushon Sandy who also earned the victory in net on the night.
The Roughriders are back in action on Saturday, September 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Prescott Valley, Arizona, at Mountain Valley Park where they will face the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes.
– D.J. Irwin