Sophomore forward Cameron Wallace was selected to the NJCAA Region 16 first team. He led the Trail Blazers with 10 goals, 7 assists and 27 points. Cameron displayed a consistent high level of play, recording either a goal or an assist in 15 out of 17 games.
Christian Davenport, Kye Karim and Blake Cook were NJCAA Region 16 second team selections. Christian, a freshman from Rockhurst High School, played both defense and midfield. Coaches commented on his relentless motor, hard tackling and strength in the air. Kye Karim, a freshman from England, battled through an injured ankle most of the season to contribute 7 goals and 2 assists in 12 games. He finished the season strong by scoring a goal in each of the last four games. Blake Cook, a freshman from St. Pius High School, registered 114 saves, 7 one goal games and 2 shutouts in 17 starts. He often made the big saves that energized and kept the Trail Blazers in games. Congratulations to all four players on their well earned NJCAA Region 16 honors!
The Trail Blazer men's team finished their season with a 4-3 loss to East Central College in the Region 16 Quarterfinals game on Oct. 26. Sophomore Josh Medina evened the game at 1-1 in the first half with an assist from Cameron Wallace. East Central scored three goals each side of halftime to go up 4-1 with 40 minutes left. The Trail Blazers did not get discouraged, but fought back with goals from Cameron Wallace and Kye Karim. The goal from Kye was assisted by Julian Ramirez.
Despite multiple chances to even the game in the final 20 minutes, the Trail Blazers did not equalize. The men's team finished the season at 9-6-2 and 3-3-1 against Region 16 opponents. With a strong group of returning freshman, the Trail Blazers are looking to build on a solid year and do even better in 2014!
The men's team finished Region 16 play with a 3-2-1 record and earned a home quarterfinal game against East Central College. MCC-Blue River is seeded fourth and East Central College is seeded fifth.
The Trail Blazer men earned the fourth seed with victories over Crowder College, East Central and Saint Louis Community College. They tied MCC-Maple Woods and had narrow losses to St. Charles Community College and Jefferson College. Although MCC-Blue River finished even with St. Charles at 3-2-1, the third seed was earned by St. Charles due to their 4-3 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Sophomore Austin Chavez came up big with two goals against East Central. His first goal tied the game with fifty-eight seconds remaining in regulation. The goal was assisted by Hunter McRoberts. For the game winning goal, sophomore Cameron Wallace dribbled past several East Central players and played a ball towards goal. Danilo Cruz was able to get it to Austin, who knocked it into the East Central net with 18 seconds left in double overtime. This was Austin's second game winning overtime goal of the season against a Region 16 opponent. He previously scored in the first overtime against Crowder College on September 14, 2013.
Freshman goal keeper Blake Cook also had a big game for the Trail Blazers. He stopped several one-on-one attempts by a very good East Central offense. Blake had 12 total saves for the game. .
The Independence Examiner ran a front page story on September 19th, 2013 highlighting the student-athletes from area high schools at MCC-Blue River. Check out their story here.