Roughrider soccer finally starts season, trounces South Mountain 6-3
Junior College Soccer
PHOENIX — At long last, the wait is over.
After its 2018 season opener at Phoenix College was postponed in regulation time due to poor weather on Aug. 23, and its home opener versus Irvine Valley (California) was cancelled by rain on Aug. 25, the Yavapai College soccer team was victorious in its first full match Tuesday.
The NJCAA Division I No. 2-ranked Roughriders doubled up South Mountain, 6-3, in Arizona Conference (ACCAC) play, moving their record to 1-0-0 overall and in the league.
On a hot, 100-plus-degree day in Phoenix, six different Yavapai College players scored a goal, including Kevyn Lo (8th minute), Jose Perez Flores (16th minute), Jesus Vargas (28th minute), Angel Lujan (48th minute), Garrett Hite (76th minute) and Esteban Franco (85th minute).
Lujan and Daniel Mulholland also registered two assists each. Franco and Tomas Iglesias added an assist apiece.
Yavapai, which led, 3-1, at halftime, outshot the Cougars, 28-11, for the match.
The Roughriders, now in their 30th season, own a 27-3-0 all-time record in season openers.
Yavapai returns to the pitch at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, when the squad battles Phoenix College in a rescheduled match. In the 56th minute of the teams’ game on Aug. 23, lightning and rain forced its postponement with the score tied at 1-1. Conference rules dictate that the match must be replayed in its entirety, however. The Roughriders will subsequently play their home opener at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, versus Chandler-Gilbert C.C. at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott.
South Mountain (0-2-0 record) plays host to Gateway C.C. at 9 a.m. Sept. 1.
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