DONALDSON â€“ The Ancilla College menâ€™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 menâ€™s soccer coach James Drzewiecki, the Chargers (6-4-0, 6-4-0 Region 12) looked much sharper than they had a week ago.
â€śEven in the loss on Friday, you could see we were coming out of our funk,â€ť said Drzewiecki.Â â€śSchoolcraft is such a good team though.Â You canâ€™t just play good and expect to beat them.Â It has to be something better than that.Â We were close, but it wasnâ€™t enough.Â By Saturday, though, we were definitely on our game.â€ť
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 Nevillâ€™s goal.
Alex Howe made five saves in the loss.
It didnâ€™t take long on Saturday for Ancilla to find their stride, as they opened up a commanding 3-0 lead just 15 minutes in.Â 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.
â€śComing off our losing streak, the guys were certainly frustrated, and I think that helped translate into a great start for us,â€ť said Drzewiecki.Â â€śJackson is a solid team, and jumping on them early like that is a great sign for us.Â Hopefully, our players maintain that attitude going forward.Â Weâ€™ll need more performances like that.â€ť
Ancilla returns to action next Saturday when they host MCCAA rival Muskegon Community College.Â Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT.