In a vital, one-sided conference matchup, Ancilla soccer defeated Jackson College 7-0, allowing them to clinch the school’s first ever Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference championship in conjunction with Muskegon Community College.
It was a slow start, as the first goal did not come until the 32nd minute from Valdo Garcia. However, the first half concluded with the Chargers leading 3-0, courtesy of a pair of goals from Isaias Morales, which were assisted by Nestor Herrera and Garcia. Ancilla quickly added to their lead in the second half when Ignacio Avilles set up Nick Bennett for a goal in the 47th minute. Ten minutes later, Morales converted a penalty kick bringing the Charger lead to 5-0. Garcia scored his second goal just two minutes later, assisted by Jose Herrera who later went on to score a goal of his own in the 70th minute.
The championship is the highpoint of Ancilla’s seven year soccer history which can be attributed to team-oriented play and the coaching of first year head coach, Adam Hall and his staff. “I am so proud of the way we played today. We knew what we had to do and accomplished just that. It feels great to earn our school’s first championship,” exclaimed coach Hall.
The Chargers now move on to face the Ocelots of Schoolcraft College in the NJCAA Region XII Tournament Quarterfinal on Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m.