Yavapai College Women’s Soccer Rolls Past Cochise

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The Yavapai College women’s soccer team posted a dominating performance Thursday afternoon as it took down the Cochise Apaches 4-1 at Ken Lindley Field. The Roughriders are now 6-7 on the season with a 3-2 mark in ACCAC contests.

By Chris Henstra

“That’s a great D1 win for our program,” Head Coach Rozie DeWeese said. “I loved our team energy on the field and on our team sideline today.”

Freshman forward Emma Alvarez, celebrating her 19th birthday today, got the scoring started early for Yavapai. Just five minutes into the game, Alvarez got behind the defense on a breakaway attempt and went far side, shooting the ball to the right of the Apache goalkeeper for her ninth score of the season.

Fellow freshman forward Dani Mares notched the assist on the play, her fourth helper of the season.

The rest of the first half featured end-to-end action from both teams with neither side able to convert its scoring opportunities. Towards the end of the half, the Roughriders were able to fend off a late surge from Cochise to head into the break with a 1-0 advantage.

After halftime, the Apaches scored just one minute into the second half to even the score at 1-1.

The tie, however, did not last long as 10 minutes later, Alvarez scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season after corralling a loose ball that bounced off a couple of her teammates and the Cochise goalkeeper.

Freshman forward AJ Jones took home the assist on the play, her team-leading seventh helper of the season. The goal also made it the third multi-goal game of the season for Alvarez.

With under 25 minutes to play and a 2-1 lead, the Roughriders received an incredible save from freshman goalkeeper Lauryn Mayhan. After a Cochise attacker got loose and took a shot, Mayhan dove to her right and stopped the ball with one hand, before trapping it against the ground and preserving the one-goal lead.

Five minutes after the athletic save, freshman forward Hanna Urtado scored on a long shot that went just over the head of the Cochise goalkeeper and just underneath the crossbar. Urtado’s score was her third of the season while Mares logged her second assist of the game and fifth of the season.

Up 3-1, Yavapai ballooned its advantage to 4-1 with five minutes left to play on a score by freshman defender Emma Pascoe. Urtado lobbed a ball up in the air and Pascoe came out of nowhere to beat the goalkeeper for her second goal of the season. The assist was the first of the season for Urtado.

The Roughriders held the Apaches off the scoresheet for the remainder of the match to clinch the 4-1 victory.

Up Next
Yavapai completes its busy three-game week this Saturday with a matchup against the Arizona Western College Matadors in Yuma, Arizona, at 4:30 p.m.

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