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Roughriders and Phoenix College Soccer Battle Ends In A Tie

15 September 2017  
Roughrider sophomre attacker John Scearce (left) and Phoenix College goalkeeper Oswaldo Machado (right) both go for a ball during a match on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Top Ten Ranked Yavapai College Roughriders and Phoenix College Battle to Double Overtime Tie

PRESCOTT VALLEY- Joel Laguanas scored an unassisted goal on a penalty kick in the first half for the #7 ranked Phoenix College, while William Baynham was assisted by Jose Perez Flores to tie the game for the #3 ranked Yavapai College in the second half. Neither team could break the scoreboard again as the game ended in a 1-1 tie after two overtimes on Thursday, September 15th.

“I’m happy with our performance and the way we held them back but obviously a bit disappointing (at) the end result,” said Baynham. “I thought it was a hard fought game, some disappointing bits, but it’s still good at the end of the day. I think we’ll bounce back.”

Yavapai College had opportunities as the Roughriders out shot Phoenix College 21-13 in regulation. However, Phoenix College held steady in both overtimes, keeping Yavapai College to only one shot on goal.

“We had numerous opportunities to get the go-ahead goal,” Roughrider head coach Michael Pantalione said. “Our timing or our concentration was off a bit but certainly a great tribute to our players working hard for 110 minutes creating those chances.”

Both goalkeepers played the entire 110 minutes in the match as Roughrider freshman Tyler Trump saved eight of nine shots on goal. Phoenix College sophomore Oswaldo Machado saved four of five shots on goal.

The Roughrider offense suffered a blow early in the first half as leading goal scorer Alexander Guadron left the game with an upper body injury and was ruled out for the rest of the match by trainers. Pantalione did not have an update on the injury following the game.

Yavapai College held a 1-0 lead in the second half against Phoenix College on Tuesday, September 5th, but lightning caused the game to be postponed before reaching the required time and had to be restarted.

The tie keeps Yavapai College (7-0-2, 5-0-2 ACCAC) undefeated so far this season as the program also stays at 599 wins. Yavapai College will try to get back in the win column and pick up the program’s 600th victory on the road against Mesa on Saturday, September 16th, at 10:30 am.