Men’s Soccer downs Ancilla; Improves To 10-1
By Austin Vicars
After suffering their first loss of the season against Ancilla on Sept 26, the Men’s Soccer team has made strides to redeem that loss in the record books. Schoolcraft followed up the loss with three consecutive wins against Muskegon, Jackson and Cuyahoga between Oct. 1-10, setting up the perfect rematch against Ancilla on Oct. 12.
The intensity of game felt like a playoff caliber matchup with both teams looking to get one step closer to securing the Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference title with a win.
The Ocelots struck first when Victor Contreras scored at the 3:27 mark of the game off of an assist by freshman Costa Wells making it 1-0.
After the quick goal by the Ocelots, sophomore goalkeeper Andres Hernandez was the difference maker providing a solid presence in net. Hernandez had ten saves in the game holding back a vicious Ancilla attack that consistently tried to find the back of the net at every opportunity. His biggest save came with just seconds remaining in regulation where he reached up and deflected a hard shot up over the cross bar by Ancilla’s Dayle Robertson to preserve the win. It was Hernandez’s fourth shutout of the year, and his third in as many games.
“The first time around nothing was going in and we knew we were better than them, so to go out and get the win the second time around was a good result” said freshman goalkeeper Colton Robison.
The Ocelots record currently stands at 12-1 overall, 6-1 in the conference. Schoolcraft officially clinched a share of the conference title but the Ocelots will need a win or tie on Oct. 25 against Lake Michigan (1 p.m. at Schoolcraft) for the outright MCCAA championship. The team has not given up a goal in its last 275 minutes of play.
On Oct. 10 the Ocelots traveled to Cuyahoga and soundly defeated the Challengers 2-0 behind a first half goal from leading scorer Victor Contreras.
Nathan Bergeson added a goal late in the second half from Alex Podolski to secure the Ocelot victory.
Hernandez recorded his third shutout of the season and only had to make three saves all game thanks to an outstanding defensive effort by Schoolcraft.
Two days earlier on Oct. 8, second half goals by freshmen Aaron Gerbauer and Jon Quintana powered the Ocelots to a 2-0 victory over Jackson.
After a seemingly uneventful first half, the Ocelots struck quickly early in the second half, with Gerbauer scoring his first of the season just over eight minutes into the second frame.
Just under five minutes later, freshman Jon Quintana scored off of a rebound after Costa Wells took a shot that dinged off of the post and shot back out in front of the net.
Hernandez made four saves on the day to record his second shutout of the season.
Schoolcraft is now ranked 8 in the country in the NJCAA Division One rankings and looks to continue to climb up the polls with three regular season games left to play this year.
The Ocelots take to the road for the next two games on Oct. 22 at Owens and Oct. 24 at Lakeland before returning home on Sat. Oct. 25 to close out the season against Lake Michigan at 1 p.m.