The Barclay College Men’s Soccer program took another step in the right direction in their 2012 campaign. They finished the season 10-10-1 overall and 3-3 in MCCC play.
With a plethora of new faces mixed in with a solid core of returners, the Bears were able to be extremely competive every time out, even with an extremely tough schedule. They started the season out 4-1 with victories at Grace University, at Faith Bible Baptist College, in Kansas City against Emmaus Bible College and the first ever home game under the lights against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College only to drop the next four to Manhattan Christian College, Dallas Christian College, at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College and Calvary Bible College. Over the final five regular season games, the Bears managed to go 3-1-1 with wins over Central Bible College, St. Louis Christian College and Central Christian College of the Bible to put them in good postion for post season play.
In the MCCC Tournament the 4th seeded Bears won their opener and gave #1 seeded Manhattan Christian all they wanted, leading for a majority of the game, before falling 2-1. The following weekend the Bears were in Oklahoma City for the NCCAA Southwest Regional where the Bears were beaten by Ozark Christian for the second time on the season. After being eliminated from the NCCAA National Tournament, the Bears traveled to Joplin, MO for the ACCA National Tournament. The Bears won their opener against Emmaus Bible but then lost to #1 seeded Calvary Bible. In the consolation match, the Bears beat Rhema Bible Training College 2-1 to finish 3rd for the second year in a row.
Second year Head Coach Kevin Lee concluded, “I think we are on the right road as we continue to develop into a championship team.” Lee was also pleased with his players focus on the bigger prize and appreciative of the many people that helped make the season a sucess.
There were many individual accomplishments on the season as well. Freshman Eduard Salazar led the Bears in scoring on the season, was named NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week back in September, was MCCC 1st Team All Conference, NCCAA Southwest Region 1st Team as well as ACCA 1st Team. Sophomore Aaron Collatie was named MCCC 2nd Team and to the NCCAA Southwest Region Team. Junior Goalkeeper Austin Ogle was named to the NCCAA Southwest Region Team. Seniors Sammy Sanders, Sean Austin, and Jon Wailes, as well as Junior Pilo Miranda-Troup were named Academic All-Americans.