Ocelots steal win in 2OT; capture MCCAA crown
By Austin Vicars and Nick Misiak
Staff Writer and Sports Editor
For the fifth time in the past six seasons, the Mens Soccer team has captured the MCCAA championship. With a Nathan Bergeson goal in double OT over 109 minutes into the game, the Ocelots completed their 4-3 victory in their last regular season game over Lake Michigan.
The Ocelots improved their conference record to 7-1 and sealed their lock on first place in the MCCAA. The victory also gave the Ocelots a bye in the quarterfinal round of the NJCAA Region XII Tournament.
Freshman phenom Victor Contreras opened the scoring for the Ocelots in the third minute of the game, firing the ball past Lake Michigan goaltender Christian Haack to give Schoolcraft a 1-0 early lead.
Lake Michigan responded quickly, netting a goal less than ten minutes later to knot the score at 1-1, but Jon Quintana connected with Contreras who buried his second goal of the game and his fifteenth of the season at 30:53 to reclaim the one goal advantage for the Ocelots.
A pair of goals late in the first half from Jason Fisher and Jose Perez gave Lake Michigan a 3-2 advantage going into the half.
In the seventieth minute, the dynamic duo of Contreras and Quintana struck again when Quintana received the ball from Contreras behind a Red Hawk defender and snuck it past Haack to tie the game at 3-3.
The game would remain scoreless until Bergeson received a pass from Quintana from the left side of the field and buried a shot from about fifteen yards out in 2OT for the game winner.
Freshman goalkeeper Colton Robison recorded his fourth win of the year for the Ocelots and had four saves in the effort.
Both Contreras and Quintana have had a remarkable season, with Contreras scoring 14 goals in 15 games and Quintana having five goals and five assists in 16 games.
Schoolcraft will begin its run for a National Title on Sat. Nov. 1 at 12 p.m. when they face the lowest seeded winner of the Region XII Quarterfinals, which features Lake Michigan facing Owens CC and Cuyahoga CC against Cincinnati State. For results of the Ocelots games please visit http://www.schoolcraftconnection.com.
SCHOOLCRAFT SHUTOUTS LAKELAND CC
Colton Robison recorded his first career shutout and Victor Contreras and Billy Werthman both tallied a goal in a 2-0 Ocelot victory against Lakeland CC on Oct. 24.
Schoolcraft opened the scoring at 22:52 when Contreras received a pass from just outside the box from Jon Quintana and buried it in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. The only other scoring in the game came early in the second half, when Werthman scored off of an assist by Nathan Bergeson to make it 2-0.
Ocelots fall short against Cincinnati State
On Oct. 18 the Schoolcraft Mens Soccer team would take their worst lost of the season, losing 4-2 in a rematch against Cincinnati State. The loss marks the team’s second loss on the season, and dropped their National Ranking to ninth.
Despite their best efforts Schoolcraft couldn’t slow down a powerful Cincinnati State offense led by Mohamed Thiaw. Thiaw would score three goals in his incredible performance, earning himself a hat trick. Noah Kiser would score Cincinnati’s other goal off of a Thiaw assist.
Schoolcraft would net two goals of their own on two penalty kicks by both Jon Quintana and Victor Contreras.