Phoenix College sweeps Roughriders soccer to stay atop ACCAC
Junior College Soccer
PRESCOTT — NJCAA Division I No. 3-ranked Phoenix College remained in first place in the ACCAC on Saturday night, Sept. 22, shutting out Yavapai College, 2-0, to complete a season sweep of the Roughriders.
In an important conference match at Ken Lindley Field, the Roughriders’ record dropped to 7-4-0, keeping them in fourth place in the standings. The Bears sit atop the conference with a 10-1-0 mark, followed by Arizona Western College and No. 5 Pima Community College.
Phoenix’s defense kept Yavapai’s attack from scoring, and the match had a similar feel to these league stalwarts’ first meeting of the season Aug. 30 in Phoenix. The Roughriders lost that match, 2-1.
On Saturday, Bears sophomore forwards Musa Morris and Noe Ancira scored a goal apiece to lift the visitors to the win.
Yavapai has now lost three of its past six matches, and the 2018 squad represents one of only two Roughriders teams in the 30-year history of the program to lose four matches in a season (2016). The program record for losses in a single season is five, which happened twice (2009, 2010).
The Roughriders are 2-2-0 under associate coach Hugh Bell, who has been filling in for 30th-year coach Mike Pantalione while he is on indefinite family medical leave.
Pantalione, who has been absent from Yavapai’s bench since Sept. 14, had never missed a match in program history until Sept. 15 at Paradise Valley Community College. The Roughriders won that game, 12-2.
Yavapai College takes a break from conference play when it welcomes non-conference opponent College of Southern Nevada (6-1-1 overall record) to Mountain Valley Park Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Prescott Valley.
Phoenix College plays host to South Mountain (2-8-0) at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25.