The Midwest Christian College Conference Soccer Tournament is set to begin this week in Florissant, MO. After finishing the regular season 5-0 in conference play, the Barclay College Bears were rewarded the #1 seed and will play host college #8 St. Louis Christian at 4:00 PM CST on Thursday, October 23rd.
The games will begin at 10:00 AM with #3 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) and #6 Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO). Then at 12:00 PM #4 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) takes on #5 Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO). At 2:00 PM #2 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) and #7 Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA) will play. Semi-final matches and consolation games will resume on Friday, culminating with the remaining consolation matches and the championship on Saturday at 3:00 PM.
All games will be played at the Eagan Center, which is about one mile north of St. Louis Christian. From Dunn Road, take Waterford Drive about one mile and the field is on the right. The address is 1 James J. Eagan Dr., Florissant, MO 63033.
Freshman Midfielder Joshua Moore (Houston, TX) was name Student Athlete of the Week for the week of October 6th-11th. It is Moore’s first time to receive the award, but the Bears third of the season.
Last week the Bears went 2-0 with wins over Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) and Robert Morris University (Springfield, IL). Moore was an integral part of the Bears success last week. In their 2-0 win over the Saints of Hillsdale last Tuesday afternoon, he scored off of a corner kick to seal the victory and then against Robert Morris over the weekend he assisted on the Bears first goal and then scored on a penalty kick.
The Bears improved to 10-1 overall on the season, including 5-0 in Midwest Christian College Conference play. It was the second straight year the Bears were regular season MCCC champs. Next up is a showdown at the MCCC Tournament, which will be hosted by St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO) this year. The tournament will be played October 23rd-25th.
For the second year in a row, the Barclay College soccer program has earned the Midwest Christian College Conference regular season title. Last year’s team finished in a three way tie with Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO). Each team had one loss last year, but this year the Bears cruised through the regular season undefeated.
Late Friday afternoon, while the Bears were in route to Springfield, Illinois to take on NAIA Robert Morris University, St. Louis Christian (Florissant, MO) made the call to cancel the Bears final MCCC regular season match due to excessive rainfall in and around St. Louis. The cancellation this late in the season, with no opportunities to re-schedule, assured the Bears of a 5-0 finish in MCCC play and the outright regular season championship.
“For the last eleven years the MCCC regular season championship title has belonged to Manhattan, so being recognized as the regular season conference champions is a great accomplishment for Barclay. It feels great,” exclaimed Head Coach Kevin Lee. “But our celebrating has been cut short because we know there is so much more to accomplish. Now our focus will turn to the MCCC Tournament and on the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament as we attempt to qualify for the national tournament.”
Though disappointed that they did not get the chance to finish things on the pitch, the Bears still played Robert Morris Friday evening. Midway through the first half, Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX) used some clever foot skills prior to passing it to fellow Freshman Josh Moore (Houston, TX), who then flicked it over to Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) for an easy tap in and the early lead. In the second half, a penalty kick was awarded to the Bears following a foul in the box. Moore was chosen for the kick and he delivered a powerful kick to the corner to put the Bears up 2-0. The 2-0 win improved their record 10-1 overall. It was their second win over NAIA opponents this season.
The Bears will take the next week off in preparation for the MCCC tournament hosted by St. Louis Christian October 23rd-25th.
On Tuesday, October 7 the Barclay College soccer team traveled to Moore, OK to take on NCCAA Division II Southwest Region rival Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. Although the Bears had beaten the Saints 3-0 in Haviland nearly a month ago, they knew this would be another tough test.
After a scoreless first half, Freshman Josh Moore (Houston, TX) was able to connect off of a corner kick served into the box from Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX). Then, later in the half, the Bears built their lead to 2-0 when Junior leading scorer Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana) was on the assisting side of a goal this time around. He placed an incredible ball to a charging Cobo, who made a perfectly timed break and then directed it into the corner of the goal. The 2-0 victory marked the first time the Bears had swept Hillsdale in over five years.
BC will next face NAIA Robert Morris University in Springfield, Illinois. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST on Friday, October 10th. The following day they will attempt to go undefeated in Midwest Christian College Conference play and finish off their regular season schedule on a good note with a match against St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO).
Barclay College Goalkeeper, Freshman David Hernandez (Atascadero, CA), was awarded the Division II Soccer Student Athlete of the Week on September 30th. Hernandez was nominated and chosen because of his Christian ideals he exemplified both on and off the field from the preceding week.
On the field, Hernandez led the Bears to two shutout victories in Haviland, KS. On Friday, Sept. 26th the Bears handily beat Midwest Christian College Conference opponent Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) 7-0. In the victory Hernandez recorded two saves. Then on Saturday night, NAIA Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) was defeated 2-0 by the Bears. In the win over Southwestern, Hernandez posted an additional 6 saves as the Bears played the final 55 minutes of the game a man down.
Tuesday night mother nature rolled into Kiowa County and interrupted the men’s soccer game with Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX). With the game tied 1-1 shortly after intermission, the lightening and thunder forced the Barclay College administration in conjunction with the officiating crew to delay the game.
After waiting nearly 45 minutes for the storm to pass, there was no relief in sight and the game was called. Since 70 of the minutes were not played, the game was not official and the chances of rescheduling the match, at this juncture of the season, are slim to none.
The Bears will take on the Barclay College Alumni Friday night at 7:30 PM CST before they head to Moore, OK to take on Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College next Tuesday, October 6th. Game time is set for 4:00 PM.
As the final seconds of Saturday nights BC Soccer game against NAIA Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) ticked off the clock, the Bears faithful were elated with the results. Playing a man down for the last 57 minutes of the match, nonetheless, the Bears still upset the Moundbuilders 2-0 in Haviland, KS.
The Bears set the tone in the 6th minute when a long cross was played into the box and Freshman Tyler Wright (Mulvane, KS) was able to beat the Moundbuilder goalkeeper to the ball with his head and then calmly scored on an open net. Playing with great energy, the Bears seemed to control the game throughout the first half. Even when Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) picked up his second yellow of the match in the 33rd minute and the Bears played a man down the remainder of the game, they still seemed in control. They maintained possession and continued to generate scoring opportunities throughout the first half.
Thanks to a strong and witty back line, the Bears remained ahead 1-0 deep into the match as they forced ten offsides calls on the Moundbuilders and Freshman Isaiah Shine (Houston, TX) preserved the lead with a goal line header. Moments later, Bear’s Freshman Josh Moore (Houston, TX) lined up a free kick from nearly 36 yards out that left the Moundbuilder’s keeper froze on the goal line and built the Bears lead to 2-0 with 12 minutes left in the match.
The win improved the Bears to 8-1 on the season after they earned their 7th win of the season the night before by beating Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) 7-0. That win guaranteed the Bears at least a share of the Midwest Christian College Conference title for the second year in a row as they improved to 5-0 in conference with just one game remaining. Even though the Bears only led 2-0 at half, the second half was highlighted by two goals and two assists from Junior striker Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana).
Tuesday, September 30th will be the next match for the Bears. They will host Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) in their final Southwest Region match at 7:00 PM CST in Haviland.
Monday night the Bears took on their toughest opponent of the season thus far in Newman University (Wichita, KS). Even though the Bears entered the game undefeated on the season (6-0), the Jets proved to be an NCAA Division II team that is in the top tier of the Heartland Conference.
Early in the match, play was back in forth with many skilled players on both sides of the ball controlling possession. As the game progressed, the Jets size and speed advantage revealed itself. Nearly fifteen minutes in, the Jets pushed their way through the Bears back line to go up 1-0. Then they tacked in two more goals; one off of a debatable no call on an offsides and the other on a failed clear by the Bears that resulted in a power shot from just outside the eighteen. After the Jets built their lead to 3-0, the Bears calmed down and finished out the half with a few scoring opportunities of their own.
In the second half, the game progressively became more and more physical as the center ref failed to keep control of the game. The lone goal of the second half came off of a corner kick that was headed in. The final score was 4-0 in favor of Newman University.
The loss dropped the Bears to 6-1 overall on the season but showed that the Bears are capable of competing against the best. They will host Midwest Christian College Conference foe Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) on Friday evening, September 26th at 6:00 PM CST. Then on Saturday they will take on NAIA Division II Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) in Haviland at 7:00 PM.
Saturday afternoon, the Barclay College faithful ignored the intense heat to root the Bears on to another victory, extending their winning streak to six games and remaining unbeaten in Midwest Christian College Conference play with a 2-1 win over Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO).
It was an evenly played first half with possession back and forth. The only difference was just before the half, in the 42nd minute, when Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) received a nice through ball from Sophomore defender Pedro Chavez (Lakin, KS) and Lar rifled a shot in from just inside of 18 yards to give the Bears the lead. Trailing 0-1 following intermission, however, the Ambassadors scored the equalizer in the first minute of the second half when they connected on a shot that ricocheted in off the right goalpost. From that juncture on the Bears looked determined. In the 52nd minute, Freshman Chris Bujano (Houston, TX) crossed a beautiful ball into the box where Junior Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana) powered in a header to make it 2-1 in favor of the Bears. Time and time again the Bears had opportunities to score again, but were unable to extend their lead as they held on to win 2-1.
The Bears (6-0, 4-0) will take highway 54 into Wichita, KS for a duel with NCAA Division II Newman University on Monday night. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.
Barclay College Men’s Soccer moved up to #3 in the NCCAA Division II’s most recent addition of the Top 10. After two wins over Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA) and #5 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) over the weekend, the Bears propelled from #6 to #3.
With a 5-0 overall record, the Bears will take on Midwest Christian College Conference opponent Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) at home on Saturday. Game time is set for 4:00 PM CST.
For an up to date list of NCCAA rankings, visit the NCCAA official website at http://thenccaa.org/top10.