Originally Published: September 22, 2016 10:18 p.m.
SCOTTSDALE — The National Junior College Athletic Association Division I No. 8-ranked Yavapai College soccer team defeated Scottsdale, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 22, for its fifth straight victory.
The Roughriders improved their record to 7-1-1 in the Arizona Conference (8-1-1 overall) to stay in the hunt in the league’s regular-season title race as the 2016 campaign reaches its halfway point.
Yavapai was rained out on Tuesday night, Sept. 20, when it was supposed to play host to NJCAA D-I No. 12 Arizona Western at Ken Lindley Field. That match has been tentatively rescheduled for late October, Yavapai athletic director Brad Clifford said Thursday.
At Scottsdale on Thursday, Yavapai claimed a 3-0 halftime lead to grab control early. In the 5th minute, John Scearce scored the Roughriders’ first goal of the match on an assist from Isaac Arellano. Scearce would finish the game with a goal and an assist, which is his team-high seventh helper on the season.
The score remained 1-0 YC until the 31st minute, when freshman attacker Angel Lopez tallied on a helper from David Gandara, his third assist of the campaign.
Yavapai added its third goal toward the end of the first half. In the 42nd minute, sophomore defender Juan Ramirez found the back of the net on an assist from Scearce.
The Roughriders were shut out in the second half, but they weren’t threatened. Scottsdale trimmed Yavapai’s lead to 3-1 in the 53rd minute and didn’t score its second goal until 30 seconds were left in regulation.
Yavapai dominated the game, outshooting Scottsdale, 23-5. The Roughriders finished with nine corner kicks to the Artichokes’ one, four fouls to SCC’s eight, and three saves to SCC’s eight.
In goal for Yavapai, Justin Motzkus and Spencer Coffin split time. Motzkus pitched a shutout in the first half before giving way to Coffin, who allowed two goals and made three saves in his 45 minutes between the posts.
The Roughriders return home to play at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 24, versus Chandler-Gilbert Community College at Mountain Valley Amphitheater in Prescott Valley. Chandler-Gilbert handed Yavapai its only loss of the season, a 2-1 setback in the opener on Aug. 23.
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