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Soccer’s McSherry Commits to Yavapai College

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Notre Dame Prep senior Liam McSherry will continue his soccer and academic career at Yavapai College in the fall.

“I am excited to continue to play college soccer,” said McSherry. “I was skeptical about it during the season, but people told me that I had a really good season and I deserved to play in college. I reconsidered and found the best option for me at Yavapai. It should be a good next two years.”

McSherry had a great senior season, leading the team in goals with a single-season school record 22 over 15 games in leading the Saints to the AIA 4A Quarterfinals. The 22 goals ranked 10th overall in the state and his 52 points was 12th overall. He led the 4A Conference and West Valley Region in both categories.

“Liam is a hardworking, dedicated and passionate player who gave us a lot of success and leadership the past 4 years,” said Head Coach Michael Navarro. “I am beyond proud of him committing to such a powerhouse soccer program like Yavapai.” 

McSherry was among the Arizona Republic’s All-Arizona Best of the Rest and was the 4A West Valley Region Offensive Player of the Year and first-team selection.

“(They promote) that whoever wants to play Division I after Yavapai will have the opportunity to,” said McSherry. “I want to play at a Division I school after so that is the plan. I am going to work as hard as I can so I can go to a top Division I school.”

McSherry visited the campus last week and met with Head Coach Andre Luciano, who played at the school and won a national title. He was hired to take over the program this spring after an extensive career at Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.

“The campus was super nice, and it exceeded my expectations,” said McSherry. “It is not your typical junior college. It had all the amenities with the fields and dorms. Coach was amazing and he did a fantastic job describing the history of the program and what his philosophy is like and what he expects. I know what I need to do and prepare going into the next season.”

Yavapai College has won seven NJCAA National Championships and a total of 78 total championships including conference, region, district and national titles. The Rough Riders are 8-2-1 in the shortened spring 2021 season, heading into the NJCAA Region I playoff game against Arizona Western College on May 14.

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