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Day Time Opponent Location
Sat. 8/8/15 7:00 p.m. Alumni Game  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.
Friday, 8/14/15 10:00 a.m.  MidAmerica Nazarene (scrimmage) Away - MNU campus, Olathe, Ks.
Tuesday, 8/18/15 7:00 p.m.  University of St. Mary (scrimmage) Neutral - 9th and Van Brunt, Kansas City, Mo

Saturday, 8/22/15

3:00 p.m. Allen County Community College Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo

Tuesday, 8/25/15

8:00 p.m.  Kansas City Kansas Community College Away - KCKCC campus, Kansas  City, Ks.

Saturday, 8/29/15

6:00 p.m. Neosho Community College Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.  
Tuesday, 9/1/15  4:00 p.m.  Northeastern Oklahoma A&M  Home - 9th and Van Brunt, Kansas City, Mo
Thursday, 9/3/15  7:00 p.m.  Coffeyville Community College  Away - Veteran's Memorial Stadium, Coffeyville, Ks. 
Tuesday, 9/8/15  7:00 p.m.  Wentworth Military Academy Home - William Chrisman HS, Independence, Mo
Saturday, 9/12/15  2:00 p.m.  East Central College  Away - East Central Campus, Union, Mo.
Tuesday, 9/15/15 7:30 p.m.  Rockhurst University J.V.  Away - Rockhurst campus, Kansas City, Mo. 
Sunday, 9/20/15  2:00 p.m.  Jefferson College  Away - Jefferson campus, Hillsboro, Mo. 
Thursday, 9/24/15  2:00 p.m.  St. Charles Community College  Away - St. Charles campus, Cottlesville, Mo. 
Sunday, 9/27/15  12:00 p.m.  Central Methodist J.V.  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.   
Tuesday, 9/29/15  7:00 p.m.  Wentworth Military College  Away - Wentworth campus, Lexington, Mo. 
Saturday, 10/3/15  12:00 p.m.   South Suburban CC  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.   
Tuesday, 10/6/15  7:00 p.m.  Crowder College  Home - Van Horn HS, Independence, Mo   
Saturday, 10/10/15  2:00 p.m.  St. Louis Community College  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.   
Friday, 10/16/15  7:00 p.m.  MCC-Maple Woods  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.   
Monday, 10/19/15 TBD  Avila University J.V. Away - Avila Campus, Kansas City, Ks.
Saturday, 10/24/15 2:00 p.m. NJCAA Region XVI Quarterfinal At higher seed.
Tuesday, 10/27/15 2:00 p.m. NJCAA Region XVI Semifinal At higher seed.
Saturday, 10/31/15 2:00 p.m. NJCAA Region XVI Final At higher seed.
Saturday, 11/7/15 TBD NJCAA Central District Final At Region XVI Champion
Mon.-Sat., 11/16-11/21 TBD NJCAA National Tournament Patrick Henry CC, Martinsville, Va.

Trail Blazers Spotlight


Daniel ParkerThis month's Athlete in the Spotlight is Daniel Parker.  Daniel is a sophomore defender for the Trail Blazers men's soccer team.  He enrolled at MCC-Blue River from Smithville High School in 2013, where his strong midfield presence helped Smithville advance to three Missouri State Semifinals from 2010-2012.  Daniel's high level of play earned him First Team All-Conference and All-District honors in 2011 and 2012, as well as a Second Team All-State selection his senior season.

While at MCC-Blue River, Daniel initially redshirted his freshman year due to a knee injury.  He battled back from the injury in 2014, starting almost every game and helping the Trail Blazers to a NJCAA Region 16 Championship and Central District Final.  His natural leadership qualities earned him the team captaincy in 2015.  

Daniel is not only a very good soccer player, but is also an excellent student.  He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and will graduate from MCC-Blue River in December 2015 with an Associate in Arts Degree.  He is working towards a Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing and is actively seeking a college that will accommodate his academic and athletic dreams.

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Trail Blazers receive NJCAA Region 16 honors

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!

Penalty kicks are the difference in playoff loss!

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! 

Richmond Forbis scores seven goals in previous six games!
Richmond Forbes scores 7

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. 

Latest NJCAA Region 16 Results

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.  

2014 NJCAA Region 16 Finalists  open 2015 region play with a 4-3 barn burner

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.  

Trail Blazers snap two game losing streak with 6-1 defeat of Wentworth Military College

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. 

Men's team starts the season with a win and a loss

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 earn NJCAA academic honors

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!