The MCC-Blue River men's soccer team was recognized for their successful season in the final NJCAA soccer poll of 2014. They received enough votes to be placed just outside the top 20 after their run to the national tournament was stopped short by ninth ranked Illinois Central College. Although honored to earn recognition for this year's Region 16 Championship season, the Trail Blazers are already looking forward to next year and a chance to build on their 2014 success!
MCC-Blue River won their second NJCAA Region 16 title on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Jose Payan scored the only goal of the game for MCC-Blue River off an assist from Zach Felz. The Trail Blazers took their 1-0 advantage into the last four minutes of the second half before East Central tied the game from a free kick. Both teams remained deadlocked in overtime and the game went to penalty kicks to decide the outcome. Pierluigi Cassiraghi, Conner Case, Danilo Cruz and Clinton Boyles all made their spot kicks, while sophomore goal keeper Blake Cook made two crucial saves. The end result was a 4-3 shootout victory!
Next up for the Trail Blazers is the NJCAA Central District Championship against #2 ranked Illinois Central College on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 12 p.m. CST in Peoria, Illinois. The winner of this game advances to the NJCAA National Tournament in Prescott, Arizona.
MCC-Blue River hosted their annual Sports Award Program on Friday, December 12, 2014. The student-athletes in attendance got a chance to be recognized and celebrated for their excellent season, which was capped with a NJCAA Region 16 Championship! Players receiving awards were:
Offensive MVP's - Jose Payan and Richmond Forbis
Defensive MVP's - Caleb Rivera and Julian Ramirez
Leadership Awards - Duncan Corbett and Cortland Gibson
Most Improved Player Awards - Caleb Thierry and Alex Sloan
Trail Blazers Scholars Athlete Award - Zach Felz
Special thanks goes out to Coleman Childers, who put together a video presentation of both the men's and women's seasons for the program!
MCC-Blue River men's team earned more spots on the NJCAA All-Region 16 first and second teams than any other program in Missouri. Sophomore Zach Felz and freshman Richmond Forbis earned 1st team selections and sophomores Caleb Rivera and Blake Cook earned 2nd team selections, along with freshman Duncan Corbett. Congratulations to these players and their outstanding contributions to the success of this year's team!
The MCC-Blue River men's team defeated MCC-Maple Woods on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by a score of 2-1. This was the second meeting between the two MCC schools in the past eight days. Both teams played at a high level and represented MCC very well! Jose Payan scored the first goal, which was matched by the Monarch's Joel Carrilo with 30 minutes left in the game. Although the Trail Blazers won the first game 3-1, the semifinal needed a goal in the last 15 minutes by Danilo Cruz to decide the contest. Pierluigi Cassiraghi assisted on both Jose's and Danilo's goals.
Next up is the NJCAA Region 16 final between MCC-Blue River and East Central College. The game will be hosted by the Trail Blazers on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. The location is Bingham Middle School, 1716 South Speck Road, Independence, Mo 64057. Come out on Saturday and support this team! Go Blazers!
The MCC-Blue River men's team defeated St. Louis Community College 6-0 on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in the NJCAA Region 16 Quarterfinal. Goals were scored by Jose Payan, Clinton Boyles, Isaac Benner, Pierluigi Cassiraghi, Richmond Forbis and Conner Case. Assists were by Julian Ramirez, Danilo Cruz, Zach Felz and Conner Case. The win brings the Trail Blazers record to 12-3-1 heading into the NJCAA Regional Semifinal against MCC-Maple Woods.
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.