Â DONALDSON â€“ The Ancilla College menâ€™s soccer team suffered a pair of narrow losses over the weekend, losing 2-1 in overtime at Jackson Community College on Saturday and 1-0 at NJCAA #1 Schoolcraft College on Sunday.
Despite the losses, the Chargers (7-6-1, 7-6-1 Region 12) still have a shot at earning one of the high seeds in the upcoming Region 12 tournament if they can win their final two matches of the regular season.
â€śThe standings basically look like one massive log jam from third through sixth place,â€ť said Ancilla menâ€™s soccer coach James Drzewiecki.Â â€śThatâ€™s a testament to how deep our region has become.Â I think everyone has really stepped it up in the past year or two and it shows every time we play each other.â€ť
Freshman midfielder Carlos Ramirez scored the lone goal on the weekend for Ancilla â€“ his sixth of the year â€“ to force extra time at Jackson.Â Alex Howe made 11 saves in a match greatly affected by windy conditions.
Â On Sunday, Ancilla stood toe-to-toe with the #1 team in the nation, Schoolcraft College, surrendering their only goal on a well struck free kick by Ocelots striker Tom Nevill in the 61st minute.Â Again, Howe was called on to make 11 saves.
â€śItâ€™s such an odd feeling to know that you played so well all weekend and come away with nothing to show for it,â€ť said Drzewiecki.Â â€śSaturday, we could have scored five or six goals and just lacked that composure in the final third.Â Sunday, all that separated us was the free kick.Â Otherwise, it really was a good, even match.Â You hate to settle for moral victories, but it does give us something to build on going into the final weekend.â€ť
Ancilla returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Jackson, MI, to play NJCAA Region 12 rival Jackson Community College.Â Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT.