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Women’s Soccer Battles For Playoff Spot

In its final regular season game, the Yavapai College women’s soccer team is not only looking for a win, but a playoff berth as well. Standing in the way of the Roughriders are the No. 16-ranked Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes who will host YC on Tuesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

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A win for YC will clinch a playoff appearance in the regional championship match. A YC loss would require a Cochise loss (they faceoff against Paradise Valley on Tuesday) since the Roughriders own the tiebreaker with the Apaches. 

The region championship match will take place in Yuma, Arizona, on Friday, October 28, against Arizona Western College. 

The Fighting Artichokes

Ranked No. 16 in NJCAA DII, Scottsdale comes into its matchup with YC at 10-4 overall and 5-4 within the conference. After a 10-1 start (the lone loss being to Cochise), Scottsdale has dropped three contests in a row: 2-0 against Pima, 4-1 against Arizona Western and 4-0 against Phoenix. 

The Roughriders

YC comes into its regular-season finale with an overall record of 8-7 and conference record of 7-3. Last week, YC defeated Glendale 7-1 on the road, before falling 3-1 to No. 2-ranked Phoenix at home. 

Back on September 3, the Roughriders hosted the Fighting Artichokes in Prescott Valley when they were ranked No. 13. After racing out to a 3-1 lead, the Roughriders saw Scottsdale rattle off five unanswered goals to take home the 6-3 victory. 

Players To Watch

Sophomore defenders Destini Munoz and Miriam Zabibu will be crucial in stopping Scottsdale’s attack that gashed YC for six goals in the aforementioned previous matchup.

One Last Thing

Clinching a playoff berth on Tuesday would give the Roughriders two playoff appearances in the first two years of the program’s existence. 

Men’s Soccer Finishes Regular Season in Scottsdale

The Yavapai College men’s soccer team is down to one game left on the regular season schedule: a 4:30 p.m. contest on Tuesday, October 18, against the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

The Fighting Artichokes

Scottsdale comes into its matchup with YC at 5-8 overall and 3-5 within the conference. It’s been an up and down season for the Fighting Artichokes who started 2-1, lost four in a row, won three in a row to move to 5-5 and have since lost three games in a row. 

The Roughriders

YC comes into its regular-season finale with an overall record of 8-3-1 and conference record of 6-2-1. Last week, the Roughriders defeated Glendale on the road with a 1-0 final score, before falling at home to Phoenix by a score of 5-0. 

Back on September 3, the Roughriders and Fighting Artichokes matched up in Prescott Valley with YC emerging victorious with a 3-1 final score. In the all-time series with Scottsdale, Yavapai is 63-3-1.

Player To Watch

Sophomore forward Mael Lopes has six goals this season and scored two of those goals in YC’s aforementioned victory over Scottsdale earlier in the season. 

One Last Thing

Tuesday’s match against Scottsdale will be the final tune up for the Roughriders before the region championship match that will be played on Friday, October 28, in Yuma, Arizona, against Arizona Western College. 

– D.J. Irwin


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