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.
Moore, OK – At the conclusion of the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament hosted by Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, All-Region teams were chosen by the head soccer and volleyball coaches of all schools represented in the region.
Volleyball players Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) and Sophomore Megan Eby (Arlington, WA) both earned All-Region recognition. Sullivan earned first-team status as she led the Southwest Region in kill average and was second in the region in attacking percentage. Eby cracked the top ten in the region in kill-average and ace-average as she was chosen to the second team.
Soccer players Junior Austin Ogle (Hutchinson, KS), Sophomore Aaron Collatie (Bel Aire, KS) and Freshman Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) were recognized for their successes on the pitch. Ogle turned in yet another stellar season protecting the net as goalie. Collatie emerged as a physical anchor for the Bear’s defense while Eduardo led the Bears in scoring on the season with 11 goals.
Moore, OK – On Friday, October 26th the Barclay College Bears Soccer team squared off with Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) for the second time this season. This time it was an NCCAA Southwest Region semi-final match and chance to move one step closer to a trip to the NCCAA National Championship in Florida.
On a cold, windy afternoon, the Bears were bound and determined to find a way to come out on top this time around. Midway into the first half Ozark scored first but the Bears answered shortly after when Junior Pilo Miranda-Troup (Denver, CO) sent a corner kick in for a powerful header into the upper 90 by Senior Rusty Eadie (Manton, MI). With the score 1-1 at the half, Ozark once again struck first in the second half and then added a final goal off an indirect kick just outside the 18 yard line to win 3-1.
The Bears (8-9-1, 3-3) will now head to the ACCA National Tournament in Joplin, MO. They will play Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA) at 2:00 PM CST on Thursday, November 1.
The Midwest Christian College Conference handed out end-of-the-year awards over the weekend. Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) was the lone volleyball players to earn recognition while Sophomore Aaron Collatie (Bel Aire, KS) and Freshman Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) were recognized for soccer.
Following a break-out junior season this year, Sullivan received MCCC Honorable Mention. Sullivan finished the conference regular season fourth overall in kill average (3.07 per-set) and was 6th in attacking percentage (29%). During the conference tournament, she recorded another 27 kills in just two games.
In addition to Salazar being the NCCAA Division II player of the week earlier in the year, he was also named to the MCCC First Team following a freshman year where he led the team in scoring (11 goals) and finished in the top three in the MCCC in points per-game average (1.92) and goals per-game average (.75).
Collatie was named to the MCCC Second Team. His aggressive, tenacious presence on the field solidified the Bear’s defense throughout the course of the season.
Manhattan, KS – Barclay College Soccer headed into the 2012 Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) with some momentum after a win and a tie the previous weekend.
On Thursday, October 18th, #4 Bears took on #5 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) in the first round. Freshman Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana) scored the game’s only goal to advance the Bears to the semi-finals against #1 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS).
In this semi-final showdown, the Bears once again struck first. Assibey found the back of the net to the give the Bears a 1-0 lead going into the half. In the ladder half of the second half, the Crusaders scored the equalizer and then snuck in the game winner with less than a minute on the clock to beat the Bears 2-1.
Following the disappointing semi-final loss to Manhattan Christian, the Bears fell 2-0 to Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) in the 3rd place game to finish 4th.
The Bears (8-8-1, 3-3) will be at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) as the #3 seed in a four team NCCAA Southwest Regional. They will play #2 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) at 1:00 PM CST on Friday, October 26th.
Haviland, KS – Bears Soccer concluded their 2012 regular season with a conference win over Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) and a tie against Grace University (Omaha, NE).
On a misty Friday night under the lights, the Bears were running on all cylinders. Freshman Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) sliced through the Saint defense twice in the first half to give the Bears a 2-0 halftime lead and they would never look back. Sophomore Josh Sanchez (Magee, MS) added one more goal to the total as the Bears finished their MCCC regular season schedule with a solid win.
The Grace University Royals came to town Saturday afternoon for the Bears last regular season game. Even though the Bears were able to beat the Royals 2-1 in Omaha in the season opener back on August 28th, it was a very close game. This game was no different. Possession and shots on goal were fairly even as the two teams went into half knotted up at 0-0. The second half saw much of the same. Freshman Justin Segura (Chino Hills, CA) had one strike on goal from well outside the box that looked like it had a chance to ricochet off the back post, but the Royal’s keeper got a finger on it to make sure the score stayed even, and it did, even through two overtime periods.
The Bears (7-6-1, 3-3) will be the #4 seed in the MCCC Tournament in Manhattan, KS. They will open up against Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 10:00 AM CST on Thursday. The Bears defeated FBBC at Ankeny 2-1 in overtime earlier in the season.
Dallas, TX – On a rainy afternoon at Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX), the Bears were unable to exact revenge from an earlier loss to the Crusaders in Haviland, KS on September 14th.
Roughly 25 minutes into the game, Dallas Christian scored first on a well-played through ball. The Bears were able to tie the game in stoppage time when Senior Rusty Eadie (Manton, MI) drilled a laser into the upper right corner of the goal. However, the game winner came from the Crusaders when they crossed the ball to an unmarked man in the box in the closing minute of the game.
Assistant Coach Marc Compton said, “It was a hard fought game. I was proud of the way our team played. Although we lost, we showed a lot of improvement.”
The Bears (6-6, 2-3) will play their annual alumni game under the lights at 7:00 PM CST on Friday, October 5th before they conclude their MCCC schedule at home against Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) on Friday, Oct. 12th.
Florissant, MO – Barclay College Soccer has had its ups and downs so far in 2012. They started the season off on fire, winning four of their first five, only to lose five in a row, and then this past weekend the Bears started another streak; a two game winning streak.
For the first time in several games, the Bears were back at full strength. Senior Rusty Eadie (Manton, MI) said, “It felt good to turn around and play with most of the guys back on the team to remind us what we are made of.”
On Friday afternoon, the Bears were in Springfield, MO for a contest against Central Bible College. Forward Freshman Eduardo Salazar (Huntsville, TX) added two more goals to his goal count for the season which is up to nine, including the game winner in the second half. Freshman Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana) also scored, while Senior Sammy Sanders (Haviland, KS) and Freshman Mauro Villanueva (Lyons, KS) assisted as the Bears won 3-2.
The Bears went into their MCCC road match with St. Louis Christian on Saturday afternoon with a little added momentum from Friday. Fresh off an injury, Eadie scored twice and also had an assist, while Senior Joshua Sanchez (Magee, MS) and Villanueva found the back of the net as well to lead the Bears to a 4-2 victory and their second MCCC win of the season. Salazar and Assibey each had an assist to boot.
The Bears (6-5, 2-3) are back in action Saturday, September 29th in a rematch against Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) at 1:00 PM CST. Dallas Christian beat the Bears 3-1 earlier in the season.
Haviland, KS – Barclay College Bears Soccer was back in action Tuesday, September 18th in Moore, OK. The game was a rematch against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. Exactly two weeks prior, the Bears defeated the Saints 3-1 in Haviland, but this time around the Saints were able to defend their home turf.
In a game where the Bears had nearly double the number of shots on goal, Head Coach Kevin Lee commented, “after a slow start in the first half, we came alive in the second half and had many opportunities to score but were unable to finish.” However, with roughly twenty minutes left in the game, the Bears were whistled on a questionable call just outside the eighteen box and the Saints converted on a set piece to get the win 1-0.
On Friday, September 21st the Bears (4-5, 1-3) will play at Central Bible College (Springfield, MO) at 3:00 PM CST. On Saturday they will play at St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO) at 3:00 PM in a MCCC game.