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Herkimer County CC Set to Host 2011 NJCAA DIII Men's Soccer Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the eighth time in the event’s 18 year history, the 2011 edition of the NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship will be hosted by Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, N.Y. The eight-team event will kick off Thursday, Nov. 10th. Quarterfinals and then semifinals on Friday, Nov. 11th will play out in a split site arrangement with SUNY IT in Utica, N.Y. The championship game will be held at HCCC’s Wehrum Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 13th at 12 p.m. (eastern).
This year’s tournament field includes the hometown favorite Generals of Herkimer as well as former national champions Nassau Community College (N.Y.) and Union County College (N.J.). Highlighting the eight-team bracket with their first-ever appearance is Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Minn.).
Live video streaming of all games, thanks to the event staff at HCCC, will be available on NJCAA TV.
Tournament updates, photos and other information can be accessed throughout the event at www.herkimergenerals.com.
Here is a quick glance at this year’s tournament qualifiers (complete game schedule is listed after team capsules)…
DISTRICT A – At 14-12, No. 1 Genesee Community College (N.Y.) comes into the national tournament following a 3-1 victory over Tompkins Cortland CC (N.Y.) in the District A championship game. The Cougars have spread the ball around this season offensively and have a solid keeper in net with sophomore Jack West. The goalie has 44 saves this season, sporting 0.73 goals against average. Genesee will clash with Manchester CC (Conn.) in the first round at 1:30 p.m. from Utica, N.Y.
DISTRICT B – With a 10-6-2 record this season, Bergen Community College (N.J.) was selected by the 2011 NJCAA DIII Men’s Soccer Committee as the at-large team to replace the vacancy left by District B*. Runner-up in District D, the No. 9 Bulldogs fell 1-0 to No. 4 Union CC (N.J.) in the district championship. Bergen is led by freshman forward Victor Lopez and sophomore forward Petar Radev who each have scored 14 goals this season. Facing one of the most historic programs in the first round, the Lions will travel to No. 2 Herkimer CCC (N.Y.) for an 11 a.m. kick-off.
DISTRICT C – Making their first trip to the national tournament in only their third season of intercollegiate play, Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Minn.) claimed the District C crown Saturday with a 3-0 triumph over No. 8 Triton College (Ill.). The Rams are 13-2-2 in 2011 and ranked No. 5 in Division III. A balanced offensive attack has enabled four Anoka-Ramsey players to score 10 or more goals this season. Heading to Utica, N.Y. for their first round matchup, the Rams will face Howard CC (Texas) at 11 a.m.
DISTRICT D – Seeking their third national championship in school history, No. 6 Nassau Community College (N.Y.) is heading for the national tournament with a 12-3-2 record. The Lions defeated Ulster CCC (N.Y.) 2-1 Saturday for the District D championship. Sophomore forward Alex Schweitzwer leads Nassau’s offense with seven goals and seven assists in 2011. In the first round of the national tournament, the Lions will face-off against No. 4 Union CC (N.J.). Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. in Herkimer, N.Y.
DISTRICT E – Champions of District E, Union County College (N.J.) earned their way to the national tournament with a 1-0 win over No. 9 Bergen CC (N.J.) Sunday. The No. 4 Owls of Union County have a 20-2 record behind the powerful attack of forward Valdo Normill. The freshman ranks third in Division III with 78 points, tallying 18 goals and 16 assists this season. Union County’s first round match will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Herkimer, N.Y. The Owls will battle No. 6 Nassau CC (N.Y.)
DISTRICT F – No. 10 Howard Community College (Md.) returns to the national tournament after edging Montgomery College-Rockville (Md.) 1-0 in the District F championship. Boasting the nation’s top-scoring duos, the Dragons are 18-6 this season. Sophomore forward David Neuberth and sophomore midfielder Blaise Sindjui are the top two offensive players in Division III with 97 and 81 points, respectively. Howard will head north for their first round match in Utica, N.Y. at 11 a.m. Awaiting the Dragons is No. 5 Anoka-Ramsey CC (Minn.).
DISTRICT G – Pulling off an upset in the District G championship game, Manchester Community College (Conn.) is headed to the national tournament for the first time since 2002. The Cougars knocked off No. 3 Bunker Hill (Mass.) 2-0 Sunday to clinch the district title and improve to 13-3. With 11 victories coming in shutouts, Manchester’s biggest weapon is freshman goalie Stephan German. The keeper has 62 saves on the season and a 0.87 goals against average. In their first round match in Herkimer N.Y., the Cougars will take on top-ranked Genesee at 1:30 p.m.
DISTRICT H – Perennial powerhouse Herkimer County Community College (N.Y.) pounded Mohawk Valley CC (N.Y.) 4-0 in the District H championship game to claim their 22nd-consecutive regional championship. The No. 2 Generals are aiming for their eighth national championship after falling 2-1 in last season’s national championship game. Backing the Generals to a 14-1 record, freshman Erik Szczerba and sophomore Davion Bailey have provided solid goaltending. Szczerba hasn’t allowed a goal to any of the eleven opponents that he’s faced this season, while Bailey has given up only three goals in his eleven appearances. In an 11 a.m. first round game, Herkimer will host No. 9 Bergen CC (N.J.).
*No representative from District B (Region 5) will participate in 2011 NJCAA DIII Men's Soccer Championship due to violations of the NJCAA Sportsmanship Policy. Per NJCAA regulations, the NJCAA DIII Men's Soccer Committee has the discretion to select a team to participate in the tournament should a district not be able to send a team. The committee has selected Bergen Community College, N.J. (10-6-2) to fill the vacancy. Bergen was the runner-up in Region 19.
2011 NJCAA DIII Men’s Soccer Championship Schedule
Thursday, November 10
Game 1 – Howard vs. Anoka-Ramsey, 11:00 AM at SUNY IT in Utica, NY
Game 2 – Genesee vs. Manchester, 1:30 PM at SUNY IT in Utica, NY
Game 3 – Herkimer County vs. Bergen CC, 11:00 AM at Herkimer
Game 4 – Nassau vs. Union, 1:30 PM at Herkimer
Friday, November 11
Game 5 – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 11:00 AM at SUNY IT
Game 6 – Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 1:30 PM at SUNY IT
Game 7 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 (National Semifinal), 11:00 AM at Herkimer
Game 8 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (National Semifinal), 1:30 PM at Herkimer
Sunday, November 13
Game 9 – National Championship – Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9, 12 PM at Herkimer
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