DONALDSON, IN – The Ancilla College men’s soccer team fell at home for the first time this season, suffering a 6-0 defeat at the hands of NJCAA #5 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College on Sunday.
The Surge (11-2-0, 9-1-0 Region 12) was clinical throughout the match, scoring three goals in each half to send Ancilla (4-7-1, 4-7-1 Region 12) to their third straight defeat.
Ancilla nearly claimed an early lead in the opening minutes when midfielder Luis Delgado chipped Cincinnati State keeper Austin Morgan, only to see his effort cleared off the goal line at the last second.
Shortly thereafter, Cincinnati showed why they’ve been scoring in bunches all year. The Surge has scored 71 goals in just 10 Region 12 matches this year. No one else has scored more than 28.
Fortunately for the Chargers, they are still very much in the mix for the playoffs. Ancilla has two home matches coming up against Jackson Community College (3-7-1, 2-7-0 Region 12) on Wednesday and Cuyahoga Community College (3-9-0, 3-6-0 Region 12) on Sunday. Victories would all but assure the squad a spot in the Region 12 tournament for the second straight year.
“That was a heck of a team we played against today, so hats off to Mike Combs and his boys,” said Ancilla men’s soccer coach James Drzewiecki. “My hope is that playing a team like that wakes us up and gets us in the right frame of mind for these next few matches. As a team, we have to find our consistency. We can’t play a few good matches here and a few poor ones there. We won’t last like that. It’s on us to dust ourselves off and get ready for Jackson. We’ll find out just how mentally tough we really are.”
Alex Howe made eight saves for Ancilla.
The Chargers resume play on Wednesday when they host Jackson at Charger Fields in Donaldson. Kickoff is at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.