2013 NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Awards

The All-Tournament Team is made up of:

Jacob Ossie from CCBC-Essex

Liam Doyle from Cincinnati State

Brandon Loafman from Eastern Florida State

Milan Popvic from Yavapai

David Mack from Yavapai

Ezequiel Amestoy from San Jacinto

Jose Seoane from San Jacinto

Fernando Castellanos from Tyler

Brandon Riley from Tyler

Kaique Fernandes from Iowa Western

Elias Hatugimana from Iowa Western

and Nazeem Bartman from Tyler

The Tournament MVP for the 2013 championships was Fazlo Alihodzic from Iowa Western

The Coach of the Tournament was Jordan Carver from Iowa Western

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National Championship: Iowa Western Community College vs. Tyler Junior College

On a chilly Saturday night, two teams met to face off for the 2013 NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship. Iowa Western Community College and Tyler Junior College were the number one and two seeds in the tournament and showed why as they battled throughout the match.

Both teams moved the ball well but it was TJC that put the first point on the board. In the 31st minute of the match, sophomore midfielder Atsou Ayah stole the goal from an Iowa Weestern player in front of their net and kicked the ball into the middle of the net for the goal. That would the last goal of the half as both teams maintained strong defenses.

Coming out of halftime, Iowa Western looked to even up the score in the 64th minute. Fazlo Alihodzic headed the ball into the back of the net to tie the game at one goal apiece. For the rest of regulation, the teams fought hard for the ball back and forth but remained tied at the end of 90 minutes.

Through two 10-minute overtime periods the score remained tied sending the game to be decided by penalty kicks. Iowa Western came out on top after scoring three penalty kicks while TJC only scored one to take the national title.

Game 14: San Jacinto College-South vs. Tyler Junior College

Facing cold, wet conditions, San Jacinto College-South took on Tyler Junior College in the second semifinal match of the night to determine who would advance to face Iowa Western Community College in the national championship game.

Tyler Junior College came out of the gate pressing hard up the field with numerous shots. The first goal of the game came in the 40th minute with a header into the net by Nazeem Bartman assisted by his teammate Fernando Castellanos. That would be the last goal of the half as both teams retreated to get warm before play resumed.

Coming out of halftime, San Jacinto played hard working for the ball trying to get shots off but none found the back of the net. TJC nursed a one-goal lead until getting the second goal of the night for insurance. In the 88th minute, Nazeem Bartman was the only Apaches’ player down on the end going up against two San Jacinto players. One of the players tried to get the ball to the goalie but it went over his head in the corner of the penalty box. Bartman maneuvered to get the ball and kicked it in to score before any San Jacinto players could get there. TJC kept the 2-0 lead to close out the match and advance to the national championship.

Game 13: Yavapai College vs. Iowa Western Community College

On a cold, wet Friday night with the temperature sitting at 41 degrees with a windchill of 29 degrees, Iowa Western Community College defeated Yavapai College 1-0 to advance to the NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship game.

Iowa Western was dominant in the first 20 minutes of the match maintaining possession of the ball and getting numerous shots off. The lone goal of the match came in the 13th minute. Freshman midfielder Nick Melville sent the ball to the back of the net to score for Iowa Western. Yavapai had several scoring opportunities throughout the match including a missed free kick in the 25th minute.

Coming out of halftime, Yavapai played hard getting multiple shots off on goal including a shot in the 89th minute that hit the top crossbar of the goal just missing a chance to tie the game.

Yavapai finished tied for third place in the tournament and Iowa Western advances to face Tyler Junior College in the National Championship game.

Game 12: ASA College vs. Tyler Junior College

A large crowd made up of scouts, coaches, soccer teams, and fans gathered to watch ASA College take on Tyler Junior College in the last pool play matchup for the 2013 NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Championships.

TJC pulled ahead early in the game scoring a goal less than a minute into the game. With only 55 seconds on the board, McAmos Paye took the ball down the field before passing to his teammate Rayon Gibbs who kicked the ball past the arms of ASA’s goalie. TJC continued to put pressure on ASA’s defense shooting multiple times including three shots that ricocheted off of various parts of the goal’s crossbars. However, that would be the last goal of the half.

Both teams were more aggressive with eight cards between the two teams. TJC maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the second half taking many shots and finally got one through. In the 74th minute, Martin Agredo received a pass from teammate McAmos Paye to send to the bottom left corner of the net for TJC’s second goal of the match. The Apaches defense was able to keep ASA from scoring. With the shutout, TJC moves to the semifinals to face San Jacinto-South.

Game 11: Yavapai College vs. Eastern Florida State College

It was a close contest between Yavapai College and Eastern Florida State College at Tyler Junior College’s Pat Hartley Field on Wednesday afternoon. The two represented the fourth and fifth seeds in the national tournament.

Yavapai led off the scoring by striking in the fourth minute. Yavapai worked the ball down the field. Kayd Marquez got the ball to Yabin Cruz who kicked the ball in for the first goal of the match. Later in the half, Eastern Florida looked to even the score. In the 41st minute, a throw in was deflected by Yavapai’s goalie and landed in front of Arturo Roosen who sent the ball to the back of the net to tie the game at one goal apiece. That would be the last goal of the half but scoring heated up in the second.

The scoring began with Yavapai securing its second goal of the match in the 6th minute. A foul by Eastern Florida gave Yavapai a free kick. David Mack kicked the ball in front of the goal where it was then headed in by Lucas Lavanway to make it 2-1. Two minutes later, Yavapai added another goal. Yabin Cruz sent the ball to teammate Mason Buron in front of the net who kicked it in to score and give Yavapai a 3-1 advantage.

However, Eastern Florida battled back. In the 68th minute, Arturo Roosen scored his second goal of the match and ten minutes later, Romario Grant scored with an assist from Jordan Muir to tie the game at three goals. The score remained tied at the end of regulation and the game went straight to penalty kicks.

Yavapai outshot Eastern Florida 4-2  in penalty kicks to come away with the win.

Game 11: Photos: Yavapai College vs. Eastern Florida State College

Eastern Florida State College's goalie Jorge Madera kicks the ball downfield during the first half.

Eastern Florida State College’s goalie Jorge Madera kicks the ball downfield during the first half.

Brandon Loafman (white) and Lucas Lavanway (23)  keep their eyes on the ball.

Brandon Loafman (white) and Lucas Lavanway (23) keep their eyes on the ball.

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Two players go for the header during the first half.

Yavapai's goalie Bradley Trella kicks the ball downfield during the first half.

Yavapai’s goalie Bradley Trella kicks the ball downfield during the first half.

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Goalkeeper Bradley Trella makes a leaping grab.

Goalkeeper Bradley Trella makes a leaping grab.

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Lucas Lavanway (23) heads the ball over to a teammate.

Lucas Lavanway (23) heads the ball over to a teammate.