9/18/2013 9:29:00 AM Yavapai soccer team settles for first-ever tie in Prescott Valley
Special to the Tribune
The streak is history.
The alternative home pitch in Prescott Valley for the Yavapai College soccer team has treated the Roughriders very well since the program first made Mountain Valley Park its second home field in 1996. In fact, the program had literally been perfect on the Prescott Valley field, having won all 49 matches played there entering Saturday night when Mesa came to town.
In an odd night all around, one that included a rare 'own goal' against Yavapai and the Roughriders' fourth overtime match in seven games this fall, Mesa and YC played to a double-overtime 1-1 tie.
The good news for Yavapai (6-0-1, 5-0-1) was getting a least one point in the standings for the draw. The Roughriders are still chasing Phoenix (7-0-0), which sits atop the Arizona conference with a five-point edge over YC.
Yavapai and Phoenix will meet for the first time Sept. 23 at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott at 6 p.m.
Saturday's match in Prescott Valley was scoreless through the first half of play.
Then, in the first minute of the second half, the Thunderbirds got the benefit of an unlucky bounce when a Yavapai cross from two yards out inadvertently went into the Roughriders' own goal.
Yavapai, which was coming off a remarkable rally Thursday night in Scottsdale where the Roughriders came back from three one-goal deficits to win in OT, scrambled to come back yet again.
This time, it was freshman attacker Yabin Cruz cashing in a goal off a feed from Josiah Pacheco from 10 yards out to tie the match in the 78th minute.
The teams eventually battled through two 10-minute sudden death overtime sessions, but the tie score held up.