Jeffrey break record in 5-2 win

Jon Flick
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Daily Courier

Kevin JeffreySophomore forward Kevin Jeffrey, shown here in 1996, became Yavapai's all-time single season goal scorer with 27 goals when he registered 3 goals and a 5-2 victory over Scottsdale Saturday.

Excuse Kevin Jeffrey if he tore his own shirt off Saturday night.

He had a right to celebrate.

And after all, he wanted to share it with the faithful.

Jeffrey, the exuberant forward for the 18-0-1 Yavapai soccer team, broke the single season Roughrider goal scoring record when he tallied the last of three goals in Yavapai's regular season finale, a 5-2 victory over Scottsdale.

"I'm so happy I got to share it at home," said Jeffrey.

The record 27th goal at the 31-minute mark propelled Jeffrey to pull off his shirt and run in front of the capacity crowd, brandishing a T-shirt that said, "It's a record."

"I owe all my teammates for their assists. Without them I wouldn't have the record," said Jeffrey, who scored his first two exactly one minute apart early in the first half.

Setting up the record breaker was Ty Engram, while Alan Watson and Alberto Macera set up the other two. Nathan Barton and Marc Dudley registered the other goals.

"While I turned, I saw an opening and the defender coming so I though I better get it now," said the affable man from Trinidad.

Coach Mike Pantalione was able to fully substitute his team when he sent in Jason Martin, Cody Okuda, Ramon Garcia, Daniel Roe, Dan Lundgren, Arturo Romo and Kim Briels along with Barton and Dudley.

"All our guys deserved to play. And why not. It was the last home game of the season," said Pantalione.

Yavapai will host a regional play-off game next Saturday at 6 p.m. in Prescott Valley. Because of a possible violation by an opponent, it is no determined whom they will play yet.

Scottsdale featured two local products, former Prescott High goalies Brandon Lilley and Jeremiah Sarkett.

Lilley started in goal and faced 19 shots and had five saves while giving up Jeffrey's goals. Sarkett went the final 45 minutes and faced eight shots and gave up two goals.

"I went to summer school with Kevin. He's a great guy," said Sarkett, who added "it was fun to play back home."

"Give Scottsdale credit. This was the end of their season and they played hard. Now that Kevin has his record out of the way, he can concentrate on the playoffs," said Mike Pantalione.

"Not that he hasn't all year," said the coach.

Before the season started, Jeffrey went on record as saying Yavapai will win it all and has visualized it all season long. Ever since Yavapai was beaten by Mercer, 1-0 in last year's National Championship game.

Yavapai 5, Scottsdale 2

(ACCAC soccer Saturday in Prescott)

Yavapai (18-0-1) ..... 3-2 5
Scottsdale (4-10-3) .... 0-2 2


YC-Jeffrey (Mancera), 16:36, YC-Jeffrey (Watson), 17:36, YC-Jeffrey (Engram), 31:00, SC-Maybery (unassisted) 61:47, YC-Barton (Romo), 63:47, SC-Adcock (unassisted), 70:14, YC-Dudley (unassisted), 84:10

-- YC - SC
Shots 27 - 11
Corner kicks 8 -3
Fouls 18 - 8
Saves 5 - 5

Goalkeepers: SC-Lilley 45 min (5 saves, 3 goals), Sarkett 45 min (0 saves, 2 goals), YC-Jack 13 min (0 saves, 0 goals), Munck 32 min (3 saves, 0 goals), Aceves 45 min (2 saves, 2 goals).