The NJCAA Region XIII men's soccer tournament field is set and the last week of regular season competition has also yielded the current edition of the MCAC Soccer Player-of-Week.
In a set of back-to-back matches for Anoka-Ramsey Community College, goalkeeper Jordan Paton led the Golden Rams to two wins, one of which was in shutout fashion. Paton backstopped his squad in a non-conference 4-0 win over the JV team from the College of St. Scholastica and was also in net for Anoka-Ramsey in a 3-2 win over MCAC foe Riverland Community College. The win on the road for ARCC allowed them to claim the #3 seed in the region, and helped move Anoka-Ramsey's record to within one win of .500, as the Anoka-Ramsey is now 6-7-1 overall and 2-2 in Conference play.
The Golden Rams will close out the regular season with a non-conference match against the JV of the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, October 14th. NJCAA Regional action commences on Wednesday, October 18th.
The single-elimination NJCAA Division III tournament format will allow for one Region XIII member to advance in NJCAA play. The pairings, released earlier this week, are as follows:
October 18 – Region Semi-finals:
#4 Riverland Community College @ #1 Lake Superior College
#3 Anoka-Ramsey Community College @ #2 Century College
October 21 – Regional Championship @ Highest Remaining Seed
In 2016, Anoka-Ramsey Community College advanced to the District stage of the competition, falling to Richland College in Texas, 2-0 in the District Semi-final. This fall, Lake Superior College has claimed the top seed and will host #4 Riverland Community College. ARCC will travel to 2nd seeded Century College in the other semi-final match. Winners on October 18th will meet at the higher seed on October 21 to determine the Region XIII champion.
For full MCAC Soccer Stats, Standings and more, visit: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/msoc/index
To Follow Minnesota College Athletic Conference sports in 2017, please go to: www.mcacsports.org
This release sponsored in part by Gopher Sport.
Gopher Sport, based in Owatonna, is an industry leader in Physical Education, sports and fitness equipment. Gopher Sport is dedicated to providing programs and departments with the products to improve fitness, develop skills, create fun and reach a high standard of learning and living. Gopher Sport has diligently served teachers, coaches and athletic directors around the world for over 65 years.
About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.