Congratulations to Richmond Forbis and Quentin Souder! Richmond was named to the NJCAA All-Region 16 First Team for the second year in a row. He received the third highest vote total among all community college soccer players in Missouri! This honor qualifies him for possible All-America recognition. Over two years at MCC-Blue River, Richmond scored 20 goals and contributed 8 assists.
Quentin was voted to the NJCAA All-Region 16 Second Team. He moved to the center back position halfway through the season, helping the Trail Blazers record 1 shutout and 4 one goal games after the change. Congratulations to both outstanding student-athletes!
The Trail Blazers lost their opening round playoff game on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The men's team went down 1-0 against MCC-Maple Woods in the first half of play. The Monarchs earned a penalty kick, which was converted by Silva Backarie. The Trail Blazers were awarded two penalty kicks in the final ten minutes of the game following a sustained period of offensive pressure. Unfortunately, they did not convert either of the opportunities, losing 1-0 to a solid MCC-Maple Woods team.
With the loss, the MCC-Blue River program says goodbye to a strong group of sophomore student-athletes. The sophomore class is comprised of Pierre Bellerice, Clinton Boyles, Daniel Parker, Alex Sloan, Richmond Forbis, Omar Sanchez, Quentin Souder, Conner Case, Jake Desselle, Josh Tate, Dalton Mcgaugh, Ishmael Linares and Jacob Wood. Although some sophomores were new to the program in 2015, most played two seasons. In that time, they contributed to 21 wins and an NJCAA Region 16 Championship in 2014. All of the above players helped set a foundation for the future success of the MCC-Blue River soccer program!
Sophomore Richmond Forbis is starting to heat up in front of goal at the right time of the season. He has scored seven goals in the past six games. Richmond has already surpassed his seven goal total from 2014, when he was selected to the NJCAA Region 16 First Team. Overall, he has scored 11 goals and provided 2 assists for the Trail Blazers in 2015. He is currently tied for fourteenth on the NJCAA scoring charts! His productivity was instrumental in 6-1 and 4-1 wins over Wentworth, as well as a 4-0 win over St. Charles Community College and a 2-1 win against Central Methodist University J.V.
MCC-Blue River defeated St. Charles Community College 4-0 on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The result earned the team their first NJCAA Region 16 win of the season, having previously lost 4-3 to both Jefferson College and East Central College. Goals in the St. Charles win were scored by Josh Tate, Shon Hartzler, Richmond Forbis and Ishmael Linares. Jake Wood provided assists for two of the goals. Nick Cooper registered seven saves for the shutout win.
In the previous NJCAA Region 16 game on September 20, 2015, the Trail Blazers dropped a close game to Jefferson College. Jefferson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half. The Trail Blazers did not panic and stormed back in the first half with goals from Zion Hartzler and Richmond Forbis. During the second half, Jefferson again scored first, going ahead 4-2. Richmond Forbis assisted Jake Wood for the Trail Blazers third goal, but the team was unable to score the game tying fourth goal despite a period of quality pressure on the Jefferson College defense.
The 2015 NJCAA Region 16 contest between MCC-Blue River and East Central College was typical of the intense games between these two programs over the last three years. In 2013, The Trail Blazers defeated East Central 3-2 in double overtime during the regular season before falling to the Falcons 4-3 in the Region 16 Quarterfinals. 2014 saw another great game, as both teams met in the Region 16 Championship, which also went to double overtime. The Trail Blazers won the game 4-2 on penalty kicks. The 2015 contest was circled on the calendars of both teams, as this game has become an exciting cross state rivalry.
The Trail Blazers got off to a great start with goals by Richmond Forbis and Zion Hartzler in the first ten minutes of the game. The goal was Richmond's seventh of the season. Assists for both goals were provided by sophomore Quentin Souder, a transfer from William Jewell College and the team's leader in assists. The Falcons cut the lead to 2-1 before halftime with a goal from their leading scorer Alejandro Garcia. Sophomore Josh Tate gave MCC-Blue River a 3-1 lead midway through the second half, but the score would not stand. After a sustained period of offensive play, East Central was able to come back and win 4-3, scoring two of their final three goals from penalty kicks in the final 25 minutes.
The Trail Blazers got back to winning ways after a tie and two tough losses in their previous three games. The men tied Neosho County Community College 1-1, lost to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 2-0 and lost to #20 ranked Coffeyville Community College 3-2. The men's team has competed well, but did not produce the offensive and defensive consistency required to win each game.
Against Wentworth Military College, the Trail Blazers finally put together a consistent 90 minutes of soccer. Goals were scored by Richmond Forbis, Clinton Boyles, Jake Wood, Jake Desselle and Jesus Herrera. The win improved the Trail Blazers record to 2-3-1 heading into NJCAA Region 16 play.
The Trail Blazers started the season with a 4-0 win against Allen County Community College and a 3-2 overtime loss against Kansas City Kansas Community College. In the 4-0 win, sophomore Richmond Forbis scored a hat trick. Two goals were from assists by sophomore Daniel Parker and one was from a penalty kick. Zion Hartzler, a freshman from Harrisonville High School, scored the game's other goal. Freshman Nick Shafer earned the shutout in goal with the help of a strong defensive effort.
In the second game against Kansas City Kansas Community College, the Trail Blazers and Blue Devils ended the contest tied 2-2. For the second year in a row, the game went to overtime. In the first period of overtime, the Trail Blazers lost in sudden death from a wide shot from distance. Goals from the Trail Blazers were scored by sophomores Clinton Boyles and Richmond Forbis. Quentin Souder, a sophomore transfer from William Jewell provided the assist on the first goal.
Coleman Childers and Zach Felz both played club soccer together for Futura Futbol Club and committed to the Trail Blazers program as friends and teammates in 2013. Each exemplifies what it means to be student athletes as they were leaders both on and off the field of play. Childers and Felz will receive the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. Childers will continue his education and college playing career at Greenville College, where he will major in psychology. Felz will continue his college soccer career at Columbia College, where he plans to major in business management. MCC-Blue River Congratulates to both of these student athletes wishes them great successes in the future!