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Yavapai College soccer ranked 2nd in NJCAA preseason poll

Junior College Soccer

Yavapai College soccer player Andrew Rivera and Isaac Arellano battle for a ball as the Roughriders take on Tyler in the national tournament Nov. 17, 2017, in Prescott Valley. The Roughriders received a No. 2 national ranking in the 2018 NJCAA preseason poll. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Yavapai College soccer player Andrew Rivera and Isaac Arellano battle for a ball as the Roughriders take on Tyler in the national tournament Nov. 17, 2017, in Prescott Valley. The Roughriders received a No. 2 national ranking in the 2018 NJCAA preseason poll. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

— PRESCOTT — The Yavapai College men’s soccer team will enter the 2018 season with the No. 2 ranking in the NJCAA after finishing the 2017 campaign as a national semifinalist.

In the NJCAA Preseason National Poll, only defending national champion Tyler Junior College (Texas) is ranked higher, at No. 1. Tyler beat Yavapai, 3-2, in overtime of last year’s national semis at Mountain Valley Park Amphitheater in Prescott Valley.

The NJCAA national poll was released Wednesday afternoon.

The Roughriders will begin the 2018 season at ACCAC rival Phoenix College at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. Their home opener is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, against Irvine Valley at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott.

Rounding out the Top 5 in the preseason poll are Monroe College at No. 3, ACCAC rival Pima at No. 4 and Eastern Florida State at No. 5. Arizona Western and Phoenix College both received votes in the poll.

Doug Cook is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.