Local Roundup: Roughriders' soccer 1 win away from clinching ACCAC regular-season title
No. 3 Yavapai 2
Yavapai College's men's soccer team appears to be on the cusp of capturing the program's 25th Arizona Conference title, provided it can beat Phoenix College in its regular-season finale at 6 tonight, Oct. 24, on the road.
NJCAA Division I No. 3-ranked Yavapai won for the second time in as many days on Friday, Oct. 23, scoring the go-ahead goal midway through the second half as it went on to defeat Glendale C.C., 2-1, in ACCAC play.
Yavapai improved to 18-2-1 overall and 16-2-1 in the ACCAC, keeping pace with league frontrunner Arizona Western (17-2-1 ACCAC), which ended its regular season on a 12-match winning streak after notching a 3-0 victory over Scottsdale C.C. Oct. 22.
If the Roughriders defeat Phoenix College tonight, Oct. 24, they will tie Western for the league lead. However, Yavapai, which split its season series against Western, would win the tiebreaker for the conference title and garner the top seed into next week's Region I, Division I tournament.
The tiebreaker is based on how Yavapai and Western fared against the league's third-place team, Pima C.C. Yavapai beat and tied Pima, while Western beat and lost to Pima. If it plays out that way, the Roughriders would claim the title and the top seed into regionals.
The region's No. 1 seed gets an opening-round bye and hosts a regional semifinal match. If Yavapai wins its semifinal Oct. 28, it would host the region championship Oct. 31.
On Friday, Yavapai took a 1-0 halftime lead on Glendale, as YC's Memo Diaz scored on an assist from Niall Logue in the fifth minute.
In the second half, in the 57th minute, Glendale tallied the equalizer. Tied at 1-1, Diaz scored his second goal of the afternoon on a helper from Ather Dawood to hand Yavapai the 2-1 lead that stood.
Yavapai will be tested at Phoenix College tonight. The Bears are 13-3-3 in conference and handed the Roughriders one of their two losses this season. Phoenix edged YC 4-3 in overtime Sept. 5 in Prescott Valley.
If the Roughriders tie the Bears, YC would secure a second- place conference finish and a bye in the first round of regionals. If Yavapai loses the match, the Riders would finish third and host an opening-round regional match on Monday, Oct. 26.