The Trail Blazers men's team notched a pair of wins over St. Charles Community College and Graceland University J.V. During Saturday's St. Charles game, Pier Luigi Cassiraghi scored his second goal of the season off a pass from Jose Payan. In the second half, Jake Wood was sent through on goal, but was brought down in the penalty area. He calmly slotted the ball into the net for the Trail Blazers second goal of the game. Sophomore Blake Cook made 5 saves in the 2-0 win.
In Sunday's game against Graceland J.V., the Trail Blazers won 3-0. Jose scored his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Duncan Corbett. Sophomores Zach Felz and Isaac Benner combined for the second goal. Zach made an amazing cross-field pass to Isaac, who fired the ball into the far left corner of the goal. The final goal was scored by Richmond Forbis. It was Richmond's third goal of the season. Duncan again provided the assist. Freshman keeper Mario Curiale made 5 saves in the 3-0 win.
MCC-Blue River men's team took on Crowder College for their third Region 16 game on 9/23/14. They won the game 1-0 with a goal from sophomore Cortland Gibson. Goal keeper Blake Cook and defenders Julian Ramirez also had big games for the Trail Blazers. Julian cleared a soccer ball off the line the first half and Blake saved a penalty kick in the second half to preserve the Region 16 win!
The win followed up a difficult 4-3 overtime loss to #18 ranked Northern Oklahoma College. In that game, Daniel Parker scored 2 goals and Clinton Boyles scored 1 goal. It was a thrilling game, which saw the Trail Blazers fight back from one goal down several times during the contest.
The Trail Blazers kicked off their Region 16 schedule against East Central College and Jefferson College. Against East Central, the team earned a victory behind 2 goals from freshman Richmond Forbis. The first goal of the game was an own goal off a cross. Richmond soon put the Trail Blazers up 3-0 with two second half goals. Sophomore Danilo Cruz from Rio de Janeiro assisted on Richmond's second goal with a cross from the left side of the field. East Central continued to work hard and notched a late goal in the last ten minutes of the game to make it 3-1.
Against #16 ranked Jefferson College, the Trail Blazers suffered their first setback of the season, allowing 3 second half goals to go down 4-0 to the defending Region 16 Champions. It was a good learning experience for this young team, who take a 4-1 record into their game against Johnson County Community College at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Location of that contest is Bingham Middle School, 1716 South Speck Road, Independence, MO 64057.
The 2014 men's soccer team has gotten off to a good start! The team defeated Neosho Community College 1-0 in the season opener. Jose Payan, a freshman from Northeast High School, scored the game's only goal. It was a highly competitive contest against a very talented and attack minded Neosho team! The defense, led by sophomores Caleb Rivera, Julian Ramirez, Daniel Parker and Christian Davenport had to work hard to block some very good scoring chances from Neosho!
The Trail Blazers found plenty of goals in the next two games, defeating Wentworth Military College 4-1 and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 3-1. Against Wentworth, goals were scored by Isaac Benner, Zach Felz, Pierluigi Cassiraghi and Clinton Boyles. Jose Payan provided two goals from open play against NEO, while Duncan Corbett scored from the penalty spot.
Richmond Forbis and Cortland Gibson are helping to pace the team with five assists between them. Mario Curiale and Blake Cook are providing solid play from the goal keeping position, allowing one goal each in the first three games.
Sign-up today for the Trail Blazer 5K race for recreational walkers and runners in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. Its main purpose is to fundraise for MCC-Blue River, with a portion of the proceeds going to the athletic program. Students, employees and community members are all welcome to take part in this fun and healthy event.
When: Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 9 a.m.
Location: MCC-Blue River Campus
For guaranteed t-shirt, please register by Sept. 26, 2014
1. Download registration form and return to David Owens. Payment information and return address are on the form.
2. Register online at www.enter2run.com. Search their website for Trail Blazer 5K (additional 15% credit card fee for online registration).
For more information, please contact David Owens at 816.604.6426 or David.Owens@mcckc.edu.
The Trail Blazer men's team know that success on the field means nothing without success in the classroom. At the end of the Spring 2014 semester, the men's team posted a cumulative GPA average of 2.85. Furthermore, going into the Fall 2015 season, 92% of the student-athletes from 2013-14 met academic eligibility requirements to participate for a second season at MCC-Blue River or at a four year institution they transferred on to.
The student-athletes success is a testament to their high character and seriousness about academics. They not only bought into what the program demands of them on the field, but also in the classroom. At MCC-Blue River, incoming players take part in a weekly college success class with an academic advisor. The class involves information about time management, financial aid, study skills, Q&A session with former players, the creation of a two year plan, three one-on-one meetings with the advisor and three grade checks throughout the semester. Free tutoring in the academic resource center is also available for all students.