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9/13/2013 6:01:00 AM
Yavapai 4, Scottsdale 3, OT
Yavapai soccer team pulls off miracle win
Roughriders rally from 3 deficits for overtime win
The Daily Courier

For all of the Yavapai College soccer program's amazing wins - and there have been many over 25 years - Thursday night's will rank up with the best of them.

One day after moving up a spot in the national poll, the No. 4-ranked Roughriders were pushed to the max and overcame three one-goal deficits to escape the Scottsdale campus with a 4-3 overtime win over the Artichokes.

Unranked Scottsdale, which is 2-4-0 on the season and an abysmal 1-49-1 all-time against Yavapai, came out firing from the start in the two teams' first meeting of 2013.

The Artichokes' Connor Buckley beat YC keeper McKay Owsley for the match's first score in the 13th minute. Yavapai attacker Ricardo Zacarias answered 12 minutes later off an assist from Yabin Cruz.

The early back-and-forth sequence would set the night's tone.

Scottsdale's Anthony Shivers found the back of the net in the 28th minute, and the Artichokes would maintain a 2-1 halftime lead.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Cruz cashed in for the Roughriders off a feed from Josiah Pacheco to knot the match once again.

Just that quickly, five minutes later, Shivers made good on an unassisted goal to push Scottsdale to its third lead of the match, up 3-2 in the 70th minute of play.

Five minutes before the end of regulation, YC freshman attacker Kayd Marquez notched the equalizer off a Milan Popovic feed, and regulation ended with both sides tied up, 3-3.

Finally, 2:17 into the extra session, Zacarias came up with the huge game winner to send the Roughriders to their third overtime victory of the season.

McKay played all 93 minutes in goal for Yavapai. The offense racked up 29 shots on goal, and Scottsdale keeper Russell Klabough tallied 14 saves.

Only once in their 25-year history have the Roughriders ever overcome three one-goal deficits in a win. That came in 2000, in a 4-3 win over San Jacinto (Texas) in a match played in Meridian, Miss.

Yavapai improves to 6-0-0 on the season and 5-0-0 in the Arizona conference.

Head coach Mike Pantalione (523 wins) is now 11 wins away from catching former Division 3 Ulster County (N.Y.) head coach George Vizvary for the most career coaching wins in NJCAA men's soccer history.

Pantalione already is the career wins leader among Division 1 programs, and can catch Vizvary for the all-time mark as early as Oct. 12 in a match down in the Valley against 8th-ranked Phoenix.

First up, though, is a match this Saturday night (6 p.m.) against Mesa at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley.

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