Originally Published: October 11, 2016 11:36 p.m.
PRESCOTT – Only three years after playing host to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Soccer National Tournament for the first time, Yavapai College will do so again in 2017.
Yavapai College Athletic Director Brad Clifford announced late Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 11, that the Town of Prescott Valley will provide the venues for the Nov. 12-18, 2017, tournament.
This will be the second time in the tournament’s 56-year history that the NJCAA will conduct the tournament in Yavapai County. The first came in 2014.
Following a welcome banquet at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Sunday night, Nov. 12, 2017, the 12-team tournament will begin.
It will open with group play at Mountain Valley Park Amphitheater in Prescott Valley on Monday, Nov. 13, through Wednesday, Nov. 15. The national semifinals will then take place on Friday, Nov. 17, with the national championship game scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, at Mountain Valley.
“We are honored and excited to be chosen again [by the NJCAA] to host,” Clifford said in a news release. “It’s a chance to see the best 12 teams in the nation compete for a national title in-person. In our last go-around, Yavapai College, the City of Prescott and the Town of Prescott Valley did a magnificent job of hosting the tournament and we are looking forward to being good hosts again in 2017.”
Yavapai College will begin selling pre-tournament passes in the spring. The cost for a tournament pass will be $40. A day pass will cost $10 ($8 for students and senior citizens). Children ages 10 and younger will get in free.
Since the program’s inception in 1989, Yavapai College’s men’s soccer team has qualified for 20 national tournaments, finished in the final four 18 times and has made 13 appearances in national championship games.
The Roughriders own a 588-52-27 all-time record, capturing a combined 72 conference, region, district and national titles, including seven national championships.
Yavapai coach Mike Pantalione, who was inducted into the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Hall of Fame in 2016, has been the program’s head coach since its inception.
All of the 2017 national tournament’s matches will be played at Mountain Valley Park. The tentative schedule of matches is as follows:
• Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 – Banquet of Champions.
• Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 – Pool Play (four games: 9:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.).
• Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 – Pool Play (four games: 9:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.).
• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 – Pool Play (four games: 9:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.).
• Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 – Day off.
• Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 – Semifinals (two games: noon and 3 p.m.).
• Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 – Finals (1 game: 3 p.m.).
The Yavapai College Athletic Department provided the information for this story.