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Yavapai soccer eliminated from postseason after 3-1 loss to Trinidad State

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Yavapai College’s men’s soccer team was eliminated from the postseason on Friday, Nov. 4, as Trinidad State defeated the Roughriders, 3-1, in the West District semifinals at Laramie County Community College.

Region I champion and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) No. 11-ranked Yavapai trailed Region 9 runner-up and No. 16-rated Trinidad State of Colorado 1-0 at halftime before Trinidad put it out of reach by scoring two more goals in the second half.

John Kanner scored Yavapai’s lone goal of the match with 25 minutes remaining in regulation to cut the deficit to 2-1. Trinidad State added an insurance goal with four minutes left for the 3-1 final.

Trinidad State will meet College of Southern Nevada in the West District championship match at 11:30 a.m. today, Nov. 5, at Laramie County C.C.

Southern Nevada upset NJCAA No. 10-ranked host Laramie County C.C. in the first semifinal. With their wins, both Trinidad State and Southern Nevada earned automatic bids into the NJCAA National Tournament Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 18 and 19 in Tyler, Texas.

The Roughriders qualified for the West District tournament after Region I finalists Pima Community College and Phoenix College were involved in a postgame scuffle in the Region I title match Oct. 29 in Tucson. Pima had beaten Phoenix 3-1.

On Tuesday, the NJCAA ruled that Pima and Phoenix were ineligible for the rest of the postseason due to “unsportsmanlike conduct.” NJCAA officials subsequently awarded Yavapai the district tournament bid.

NJCAA officials said the Roughriders should represent the region in the district tournament because the Roughriders won the Arizona Conference regular-season title and had also beaten the league’s other region semifinalist, Arizona Western, Oct. 18 in Yuma.

Yavapai, which lost 3-0 to Phoenix in the Region I semifinals Oct. 27 in Prescott, concluded its 2016 season with an 18-4-0 record.

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