DONALDSON – The Ancilla College men’s soccer team split a pair of Region 12 conference matches at home this weekend, falling 2-0 to NJCAA #3 Schoolcraft College before and defeating Jackson Community College 4-0.
According to Ancilla men’s soccer coach James Drzewiecki, the Chargers (6-4-0, 6-4-0 Region 12) looked much sharper than they had a week ago.
“Even in the loss on Friday, you could see we were coming out of our funk,” said Drzewiecki. “Schoolcraft is such a good team though. You can’t just play good and expect to beat them. It has to be something better than that. We were close, but it wasn’t enough. By Saturday, though, we were definitely on our game.”
Schoolcraft scored the opening goal in the 50th minute when Marco Lobo finished a back heel flick from Ryan Lemasters and put the game away in the final minute of play on Tom Nevill’s goal.
Alex Howe made five saves in the loss.
It didn’t take long on Saturday for Ancilla to find their stride, as they opened up a commanding 3-0 lead just 15 minutes in. Yordan Rivera scored in the 7th and 9th minutes before setting up Juan Delgado for a third goal at 14:59 into the match.
Manny Awuku would add an insurance goal in the 43rd minute, converting a through ball from Mikey Solares.
Awuku and JaCoby Smith added assists for Ancilla while Howe picked up the clean sheet with only three saves.
“Coming off our losing streak, the guys were certainly frustrated, and I think that helped translate into a great start for us,” said Drzewiecki. “Jackson is a solid team, and jumping on them early like that is a great sign for us. Hopefully, our players maintain that attitude going forward. We’ll need more performances like that.”
Ancilla returns to action next Saturday when they host MCCAA rival Muskegon Community College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT.