DONALDSON – The Ancilla College men’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.
“The standings basically look like one massive log jam from third through sixth place,” said Ancilla men’s soccer coach James Drzewiecki. “That’s a testament to how deep our region has become. I think everyone has really stepped it up in the past year or two and it shows every time we play each other.”
Freshman midfielder Carlos Ramirez scored the lone goal on the weekend for Ancilla – his sixth of the year – to force extra time at Jackson. Alex Howe made 11 saves in a match greatly affected by windy conditions.
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. Again, Howe was called on to make 11 saves.
“It’s such an odd feeling to know that you played so well all weekend and come away with nothing to show for it,” said Drzewiecki. “Saturday, we could have scored five or six goals and just lacked that composure in the final third. Sunday, all that separated us was the free kick. Otherwise, it really was a good, even match. You hate to settle for moral victories, but it does give us something to build on going into the final weekend.”
Ancilla returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Jackson, MI, to play NJCAA Region 12 rival Jackson Community College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT.