Time to get caught up on the college crowd, recognizing the players and programs who excelled in the recently completed seasons. It’s also a good time as they return home and you’ll be able to personally pat them on the back as friends and former teammates gather again. I’m starting with NJCAA and will move up the ladder over the coming week.
Megan Pierce Leads NJCAA Soccer Recognition, named to the United Soccer Coaches 2nd Team, the only player from the region to earn recognition from the organization. She was also named to the NJCAA 3rd Team. The St. Charles West graduate is a sophomore, I am not certain of her plans for Fall 2019.
The Lewis & Clark Trailblazer’s women’s team went 19-1 on the year, undefeated until their last game which came at the NJCAA National tournament in group play. They also had a 1st Team All-American, freshman Boitumelo Rabale of Lesotho. The Men’s team finished their season in the Region 24 Final, a 1-3 loss to Illinois Central. Reshaun Wilkes (CAN) was named to the NJCAA 3rd Team. Reshaun is one of 11 internationals on the team, joining 11 local boys in what is a disappointing trend in Men’s soccer.
St. Louis CC saw Josh Graham named to the 3rd team NJCAA All-America team, one of twenty-two international players on the team. Alem Sabic of Mehlville earned five starts (23 games) for the Archers, the top local player while Kaleb Weeks had two starts (17 games). The Archers finished 19-4, reaching the National Quarterfinals and finishing 8th in the nation. The women were the Missouri (Region 16) Champions this year for the first time since 2011 and Michelle Kean (Rolla) was named to the NJCAA Central Region team. Named to the Region XVI team were Kelly Cates (Rolla), Grace vanHoornbeek (Bolivar) and Sam Amezcua (Notre Dame).
The St. Charles Cougars saw Timmy Ballard (Valley Park) recognized as 2nd Team All-Region along with several international teammates. The team finished 9-9, ending their season against #1 STLCC in the Regional semifinal. The women finished 8-4-5, finishing their season in a loss to MCC in the Regional Final.
The SWIC Blue Storm women had three All-Region players in Jalyn Richardson (Collinsville), Josie Hoch (Carterville) and Addi Hanusek (Belleville West) while reaching the District Final against Lewis & Clark this year, finishing 16-6-2. The men lost in the Regional semifinal.
For the East Central Falcons, Armen Kovac (Lindbergh) was a 2nd Team All-Region pick. Kovac finished the season with 8 goals and 6 assists. The teams website notes most of the goals scored on the season occurred through the freshman duo (Kovac and Sowa) either finding the back of the net or setting up their teammates. The team finished 10-6, losing to Crowder College in the Region XVI semifinal.