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7:24 PM Thu, Sept. 20th

Yavapai avenges only loss, glides by Chandler-Gilbert 4-1

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Yavapai College’s men’s soccer team avenged its lone loss of the 2016 season on Saturday, Sept. 24, cruising past Chandler-Gilbert, 4-1, at Mountain Valley Park Amphitheater.

Sophomore attacker Santos Villasenor scored two goals to tie for the team lead with six and John Scearce tallied a goal and an assist to pace the NJCAA Division I No. 8-ranked Roughriders’ offense.

Matthew Jordan added a goal, and Angel Lopez and Jorge Regalado tallied an assist apiece for Yavapai, which improved to 10-1-0 overall and 9-1-0 in the Arizona Conference. Chandler-Gilbert dipped to 5-5-1.

Scearce put YC on the board first in the 13th minute with an unassisted goal. Jordan followed a minute later on a helper from Lopez. Villasenor later tallied from Regalado in the 25th minute for a 3-0 Roughriders’ edge. Chandler-Gilbert cut it to 3-1 with a goal from Carter Rumsey via Ryan Banyai in the 30th minute.

But that was all the Coyotes could muster. With YC up 3-1 at halftime, Villasenor tacked on an insurance goal in the 48th minute on Scearce’s second assist of the evening for the 4-1 lead that stood.

Chandler-Gilbert outshot Yavapai, 22-21, for the match. The Coyotes also had more corner kicks (8-5) and more fouls (16-10). In goal, Yavapai’s Justin Motzkus went 80 minutes, allowing one goal and making five saves. Spencer Coffin went 10 minutes, notching one save.

The Coyotes upset Yavapai, 2-1, in the season opener Aug. 23. Since then, the Roughriders have not lost a match.

Late last week, the conference announced that Phoenix College would have to forfeit six league matches due to an ineligible player. Yavapai recorded a scoreless tie against Phoenix in the squads’ first meeting of the season Sept. 6. That double-overtime tie has now been counted as a victory.