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10/9/2012 11:19:00 PM
17 goals?! Yavapai soccer sets team record in win
The Daily Courier

There's a burst of offense. And then there's what the Yavapai College men's soccer team did Tuesday afternoon.

The Roughriders set a new program record for most goals in one match, had two players tie all-time single-game assist marks, and saw four players - four! - notch hat-tricks in Yavapai's unimaginable 17-0 win over the South Mountain Cougars.

The Cougars have a long history as one of the ACCAC's bottom-tier men's soccer clubs. But what the Roughriders have accomplished against the program since 1989 is downright frightening.

Yavapai, ranked No. 2 in the nation in this week's NJCAA poll, already clobbered the Cougars 10-0 earlier this season at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott. In 24 years, South Mountain has never beaten a YC team, falling to 0-49-0 lifetime against the seven-time national champions.

Tuesday's matinee match was more for the record books than the division standings.

The 17 goals broke the previous record of 14 goals the Yavapai program set in a 14-0 win over Phoenix in 2005. With 17 goals, the Roughriders outscored 11 NFL teams this past week.

Freshman attacker Matthew Paine (Portland, Ore.) and freshman attacker Junior Albon Gbapou (Prescott) each tied the program record for assists in one game with four. The record was originally set by Kenny Fechner against Scottsdale in 2001, and tied by Pavel Panchenko against Chandler-Gilbert in 2007.

Ironically, YC head coach Mike Pantalione had juggled his starting 11 on Tuesday, giving Paine and Gbapou the opportunity to start.

The blowout also provided a chance for other players to get reps. The Roughriders used three goalkeepers on the night, and posted their 12th shutout of the season.

Four offensive players - Alex Harlley, Jonathan Grant, Julien Dragomir and Paine - captured hat-tricks.

YC led 9-0 at halftime. Seventeen of Yavapai's 35 shots on goal for the night found the back of the net.

The Roughriders (17-1-0) return home to host two matches this week. On Thursday, YC plays its final regular-season match at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott against Paradise Valley, and on Saturday the team plays its last regular-season match in Prescott Valley when Pima comes to town for a critical match.

Pima beat Paradise Valley Tuesday night to vault into third place.

Both matches start at 6 p.m.

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• Win means Yavapai soccer team can clinch Arizona conference Saturday

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Roger Williams

Yes, I've been to many soccer games. I still cringe when I see lopsided scores. I'm glad to hear Coach Pantalione took the starters off. Sounds like he did everything he could to keep this from happening. He's a great coach and they are a great team.

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Article comment by: Seriously Roger Williams

Roger Williams have you even attended a game?
I have numerous times.
There is a reason they are winning.
Great Coach and staff...
Players that love a game and no matter how many people attend or don't attend give a full out performance.
Go Roughriders!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Article comment by: Roughrider Soccer Fan

If you were at the game, the coach took the first team off the field after 23 minutes, played everyone, including three goalkeepers and encouraged the game officials to have a "running" clock" during the second half. He is responsible for one team, not two.

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Article comment by: Roger Williams

I always cringe when I see soccer scores like this. Sportsmanship and character come into question. I am surprised that coach Pantalione allowed this travesty. Not good.

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