In only their third season of intercollegiate play, the St. Charles Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams named 10 players to First-Team and Second-Team All-Region XVI of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The men’s team named an additional six players to First-Team and Second-Team All-MCCAC (Midwest Community College Athletic Conference). Sophomore midfielders Robbie Bajier and Bryan Powers both received First-Team All-Region. Bajier was also named First-Team All-MCCAC and Powers was named Second-Team All-MCCAC.
Freshman forward Conor Leach and sophomore goalkeeper Austin Haywood both earned Second-Team All-Region. Leach was also named First-Team All-MCCAC and Haywood was named Second-Team All-MCCAC.
The sophomore defensemen also claimed a couple awards, including First-Team All-MCCAC honoree Robert Wright and Second-Team All-MCCAC member Matt Jung.
The women’s team named freshmen Ashley Trautman (midfield) and Brooke Lucas (defense) to First-Team All-Region, along with sophomores Anna Recer (midfield) and Brittainy German (forward). Sophomore midfielders Megan Huffman and Melissa Beste earned Second-Team All-Region honors. Recer lead the team in goals (7) and Beste, also team captain, lead the team in assists (5). Trautman was named the team’s “Most Valuable Player.”
The men’s team finished the 2011 season with their best record yet at 12-5-1, with a 3-0-1 finish in the conference. The Cougars were ranked third in Region XVI and won their first regional game 1-0 against Metropolitan Community College (MCC) – Blue River, the team they lost to in last year’s Region XVI championship game. They moved on to the semi-final match against Jefferson College and lost 1-0.
“Even though we fell short of another championship win, we had the best record in the program’s history so far,” said Tom Kearns, men’s head coach. “I’m proud of what this team accomplished.”
The women’s team, 2010 Region XVI champions, lost in the first round this year to MCC – Blue River, who were the eventual 2011 Region XVI champions. They ended the season with a record of 6-7-2.
“We had a tougher schedule this year and played quality competition every game,” said Ashlee Slayback, women’s head coach. “Despite multiple injuries and a small roster, this team constantly worked hard, stayed positive and played together no matter what.”
Slayback said this season was a great building block for next year and she’s looking forward to seeing a large group of returning players who have a lot of experience under their belts. “The SCC Cougars have an exciting future ahead of them,” she said.
For more information about the SCC Cougars soccer program, visit www.stchas.edu/athletics.
Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College is celebrating 25 years as a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.