Arizona schools challenge Yavapai

JUNIOR COLLEGE NEWS ... Yavapai, the two-time defending NJCAA Division I men's champion, has faced some tough competition at home on the Arizona JC circuit. On Wednesday, the Roughriders lost to Scottsdale Community College, 1-0, on a penalty kick by Ryan Hall. It was Yavapai's third loss of the season -- matching the program's 21-year high for losses -- to go along with 11 wins.

The Roughriders will have a chance to get revenge for one of their earlier losses when they play Phoenix College on Saturday night at Ken Lindley Field. It will the 500th game for the Yavapai program and its coach, Mike Pantalione (454-32-13 record), who recalls his five favorite Yavapai games.

* PANTALIONE'S FAVORITES:
Game #39: Yavapai 2, Passaic 1 (1990 NJCAA final). Kurt Funkhouser scores in the second sudden-death overtime period as the Roughriders defeats the heavily favored New Jersey school 2-1 in Trenton.

Game #210: Yavapai 3, Mercer County 0 (1997 NJCAA final).
The Roughriders finish an unbeaten season by scoring two goals in the first six minutes to defeat the home team and capture their third national title in the '90s.

Game #485: Yavapai 1 San Jacinto 0 (2008 NJCAA final).
Dirk Petersen's goal off a free kick early in the first half completes a perfect 26-0-0 season for the Roughriders. The 26 wins establish a national record at any level. It's Yavapai's fourth national title this decade and seventh overall.

Game #1: Yavapai 4 St. Louis-Forest Park 3 (September 1, 1989):
  Edson Rico scores four goals against a nationally ranked team in the Roughriders' first game.

Game #136: Yavapai 1 Mercer County 0 (2004 NJCAA semifinals):
After 90 minutes of regulation play, it takes an additional four overtimes and 11 shootout rounds before Kevin Zimmermann, Yavapai's goalkeeper, is inserted into the shootout by a little-known rule and scores the game-winner for a 6-5 shootout victory in Trenton.

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