Fittingly, Mike Pantalione sought an historic 600th victory in 29 seasons as Yavapai College men’s soccer coach in a battle that pitted two NJCAA Division I Top 10-ranked teams Thursday night.
However, in a key ACCAC showdown at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley, No. 3 Yavapai College tied No. 7 Phoenix College, 1-1, in double overtime, putting the milestone on hold.
Yavapai remained the only unbeaten team in league play at 5-0-2 (17 points; 7-0-2 overall) and Phoenix moved to 5-1-2 (17 points). The squads stayed tied for second place. Pima Community College (6-1-1, 19 points) is alone in first. The Roughriders’ all-time record now stands at 599-54-28.
Phoenix and Yavapai originally played this game Sept. 5, when the Roughriders were only a few days removed from a grueling match at Pima, which ended in a 1-1 tie in 2OT Sept. 1 in Tucson. On Sept. 5, Yavapai led the Bears 1-0 in the 59th minute, but the referee postponed the match due to lightning and it had to be replayed.
On Thursday, Phoenix claimed a 1-0 lead with 20:39 left in the first half on a penalty kick from reserve attacker Yves Govina. But the Roughriders’ tough defense held throughout, pitching a shutout from that point forward.
“They’re a really talented team, attacking wise,” Yavapai defender Ricardo Nunez-Arellano said. “We did a good job containing…
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