While the fall sports seasons are in full swing here at YC, the Yavapai College E-Sports team is also nearing its fall season debut in 2022.
This fall, the Roughriders E-Sports program will be competing in three games: Rocket League, Hearthstone and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with five competitors on the Rocket League squad, two on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate team and one competing in Hearthstone. The full 2022-23 E-Sports roster can be found here.
The regular season for all games begins on October 3 and ends on November 18. The playoffs then go from November 28 to December 11. Rocket League and Hearthstone matches will be available to fans in person at the YC E-Sports Arena on the Prescott campus OR via stream on the team’s twitch channel (https://www.twitch.tv/yavapai_e_sports).
Drake Long, Devon Long, Owen Thomas, Logan Kunow and Patrick Willoughby comprise YC’s Rocket League squad. Rocket League matches will take place during the regular season on Mondays at 7 p.m. ET.
About Rocket League
Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. Described as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars”, Rocket League has up to eight players assigned to each of the two teams, using rocket-powered vehicles to hit a ball into their opponent’s goal and score points over the course of a match.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Manti Farnsworth and Charles Fenwick are the Roughrider competitors for SSBU. These matches will take place during the regular season on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. ET.
About Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a 2018 crossover fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd. and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. The game follows the series’ traditional style of gameplay: controlling one of the various characters, players must use differing attacks to weaken their opponents and knock them out of an arena.
Champion Reifenkugel is YC’s Hearthstone competitor and he will compete during the regular season on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET.
Hearthstone is a free-to-play online digital collectible card game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The game is a turn-based card game between two opponents, using constructed decks of 30-40 cards along with a selected hero with a unique power. Players use their limited mana crystals to play abilities or summon minions to attack the opponent, with the goal of destroying the opponent’s hero.
Stay tuned on GoRoughriders.com and the E-Sports twitter account (@yavapai_esports) for the full schedule of opponents that is coming soon.
The red-hot Yavapai College women’s soccer team is set for two games in front of the home fans this week.
The Roughriders start with a matchup against the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas on Tuesday, September 27, at 6 p.m. in Prescott, Arizona, at Ken Lindley Field with kickoff set for 6 p.m. Following the PVCC match, YC then hosts the GateWay Community College Geckos on Saturday, October 1, in Prescott Valley, Arizona, at Mountain Valley Park with kickoff set for 6 p.m. as well.
Both games will also be streamed on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
Paradise Valley comes into its matchup with YC at 5-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The Pumas have defeated GateWay twice, Mesa, Chandler-Gilbert and South Mountain while losing to Scottsdale and Phoenix.
GateWay comes into its matchup with YC at 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Yavapai comes into its week of soccer with a four-game win streak, propelling the squad to a 5-4 overall record and 4-0 mark in conference play. During the streak, YC has beaten Cochise, Chandler-Gilbert, Mesa and South Mountain. Last weekend, in the South Mountain game, nine different Roughriders found the back of the net in the 12-0 victory.
Player To Watch
During the four-game win streak, freshman goalkeeper Morgan Trail has allowed just one goal while taking home all four wins and two shutouts in the process.
One Last Thing
Last weekend’s win over South Mountain shattered the program record for goals scored in a single game with the Roughriders scoring 12 times and the previous high being five goals.
The Yavapai College volleyball team kicked off YC’s alumni weekend with a sweep of the Phoenix College Bears on Friday night inside of Walraven Gymnasium. With their first home victory of the season, Yavapai is now 4-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Freshman right hitter Allison Birtcil led the Roughriders to victory in set one as the Bears had no answer for her attack. She began the set with an ace and spiked numerous kills and after sophomore middle blocker Keyaira Gravitt took control of the front of the net with the blocks, YC cruised to a 25-17 victory.
In set two, sophomore outside hitter Kate Allan and Gravitt tallied back-to-back kills to give Yavapai a commanding 22-13 lead. Several volleys later, freshman setter Anna Bolich fooled the defense for a kill with perfect touch as the Riders won set two by the same score of 25-17.
The third set started out much closer than the other two as the Bears and Roughriders found themselves tied at 9-9 heading into a timeout. After the break, freshman outside hitter Abby Whatton registered a kill and freshman middle blocker Ella Simon aced one over the net to give YC a 12-9 lead en route to a 20-11 lead. The 9-2 run paved the way for YC to win the set 25-15 while clinching the sweep.
Freshman libero Kaylee Torres and sophomore libero Naomi Glasker had no problem digging out Phoenix’s attacks on the night as well. The duo also celebrated their birthdays, from earlier in the week, tonight.
The Roughriders are back in action on Wednesday, September 28, in Thatcher, Arizona, where they will face the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters with gametime set for 7 p.m.
The Yavapai College men’s soccer team moved the soccer ball up and down the field with ease on Saturday afternoon at Ken Lindley Field as the Roughriders defeated the South Mountain Community College Cougars 9-0. YC is now 4-2 overall with a 2-1 mark in conference play.
After 20 minutes of scoreless action, sophomore forward Iann Topete put the Roughriders on the board with two goals in two minutes. Freshman defender Logan Phipps and sophomore forward Mael Lopes assisted on the goals, respectively.
Later in the half, Lopes tallied a goal after he deflected a ball that came in from a corner kick while Phipps took home the assist on that play as well.
Sophomore defender Carlos Uriarte then gave the Roughriders a 4-0 lead after heading in his first goal of the season off of a corner kick. Freshman midfielder Austin Pearcy took home the assist on the Uriarte goal.
The teams then went into halftime with YC leading 4-0. After the break, the Roughriders were relentless and tallied five goals in a ten-minute span.
The aforementioned Lopes scored the first two goals of the second half to complete his hat trick while sophomore midfielder Michal Mojzis and Topete assisted on the goals, respectively.
The next goal of the match came from the foot of Topete to complete his hat trick on the day while Mojzis got the assist on the score.
Sophomore forward Joey Vega then took home the eighth goal of the day for YC with sophomore midfielder Charlie Nunez assisting on the play.
Just a few minutes after Vega’s score, freshman defender Dillon Hunter tallied his first goal of the season and last goal of the day for YC while sophomore midfielder Andrew Del Giudice cashed in on the assist.
Overall, Lopes and Topete each finished the game with a hat track and assist for a total of seven points. On the season, Topete continues to lead the team in goals with seven while Lopes trails closely behind with six.
Freshman goalkeeper Rushon Sandy took home the win in goal with three saves and 64 minutes played. He split the shutout with sophomore goalkeeper Liam Morris who made one save and played the remaining 26 minutes.
The Roughriders are back in action on Tuesday, September 27, in Prescott, Arizona, at Ken Lindley Field where they will face the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m.
The Yavapai College women’s soccer team shattered its record for most goals scored by a Roughrider team in a single game on Saturday night at Ken Lindley Field as the Roughriders dismantled the South Mountain Community College Cougars by a score of 12-0. The previous record for single-game goals for YC was five which the 2021 team achieved on two separate occasions.
With the win, the Roughriders push their winning streak to four games and move to 5-4 overall with a 4-0 conference record.
In the blink of an eye, Yavapai tallied eight goals in a 25-minute span in the first half.
Sophomore forward Hanna Urtado struck first in the match and one minute after scoring, she assisted on freshman forward Julie Reyes’ goal for a quick 2-0 lead.
One minute after the pair of goals, sophomore forward AJ Jones scored on a breakaway and the Roughriders benefitted from an “own goal” off of a South Mountain player to increase their lead to 4-0.
Sophomore midfielder Dani Mares took home the next goal for YC with sophomore forward Samantha Slaughter cashing in on the assist. After Mares, Urtado scored her second goal of the match while Jones assisted the score as YC ballooned its advantage to 6-0.
Seconds after Urtado’s second score of the night, Reyes knocked a ball into the back of the net for her second score of the night with freshman midfielder Miranda Pena collecting the assist.
The final score of the first half came off the foot of freshman midfielder Angelina De Leon while Pena took home the assist on that score as well.
The teams then headed into the break with YC leading 8-0. After a quiet start to the second half, the Roughriders mounted a fast and furious finish to the match, scoring four times in a ten-minute span to bring the game to its final of 12-0.
Sophomore forward Isabella Merino scored the first goal of the second half with sophomore forward Annie Robson taking home the assist on the play.
A few minutes later, freshman defender Ziyana De Los Reyes Guerrero pushed the lead to double-digits with a goal while Merino and Robson took home the assists.
One minute after the Guerrero score, Pena found the back of the net for a goal and was assisted by Slaughter on the play.
Five minutes after Guerrero’s tally, the Roughriders final goal of the day came from freshman midfielder Marissa Pond who was assisted by Slaughter and Robson.
In net, freshman goalkeeper Morgan Trail took home the win while playing the first half. She split the shutout with fellow freshman goalkeeper Makenzie Stanton who played the second half.
The Roughriders are back in action on Tuesday, September 27, in Prescott, Arizona, at Ken Lindley Field where they will face the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas with kickoff set for 6 p.m.
It’s home cookin’ this week for YC soccer and the men’s squad is set for matchups on Tuesday and Saturday.
On Tuesday, September 27, the Roughriders will play the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas in Prescott, Arizona, at Ken Lindley Field at 3:30 p.m. After a few off days, YC matches up with the GateWay Community College Geckos in Prescott Valley, Arizona, at Mountain Valley Park on Saturday, October 1, at 3:30 p.m.
Both games will also be streamed on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
Paradise Valley comes into its matchup with YC at 6-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Pumas have defeated South Mountain twice, Glendale, GateWay twice and Scottsdale with losses to Mesa, Chandler-Gilbert and Phoenix.
GateWay comes into its matchup with YC at 0-7 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Last week, the Roughriders fell to Mesa on the road and defeated South Mountain at home to push their overall record to 4-2 and conference record to 2-1. In the South Mountain game, sophomore forwards Iann Topete and Mael Lopes each tallied hat tricks in front of the home crowd.
Players To Watch
Sophomore defender Jakob Larson and freshman defender Logan Phipps have been anchors on the Roughrider defense while getting more involved with the offense. Look for one of them to put one in the back of the net this week.
One Last Thing
The Roughriders are 46-2-1 in the all-time series with Paradise Valley and 24-0-0 in the all-time series with GateWay.
– D.J. Irwin