St. Charles Community College’s men and women soccer teams recorded their best seasons in the college’s history this fall.
“I’m extremely pleased with the success of both teams this season,” said Chris Gober, director of athletics at SCC. “Adding funding to the program gave us a tremendous advantage over previous years.”
The men’s team finished the regular season with a record of 12-3-1. They went undefeated in the MCCAC Conference and took home the conference title.
Cougar players Fernando Franco, Valrick Fullins, Valmiro Gonzalez and Nick Hufford were named first team MCCAC All-Conference. Josh Gwaltney, Collin Hennessey and Ramon Perez were named second team MCCAC All-Conference. SCC Head Coach Thomas Kearns was honored as MCCAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year.
The men advanced to the Region XVI tournament, consisting of all the NJCAA soccer teams in the state of Missouri, and were edged out by Jefferson College, 2-1, in the championship game on Nov. 2.
Fernandez Franco, Valmiro Gonzalez and Nick Hufford were named first team Region XVI All-Region. Valrick Fullins was named second team All-Region.
“The team came together and played extremely well this season,” Kearns said. “We have made great strides offensively and defensively.”
The women’s team also finished with a winning regular season record of 12-7.
Like the men, the women advanced to the Region XVI tournament final and took second, falling to St. Louis Community College in the championship game, 2-0, on Nov. 2.
Cougar players Christina Conley, Katie Martin, Hayley Miller and Alex Reiter were named first team All-Region for Region XVI. Alyssa Coons, Megan Reis and Ashlynn Reiter were named second team All-Region.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls and what they have accomplished this season,” said Ashlee Slayback, women’s head soccer coach at SCC. “They worked hard, improved as individuals and, most importantly, played together as a team and became a family.”
“We had pretty young teams this year, so I look forward to seeing what the Cougars do next season,” said Gober.