NTCC men’s soccer ends national championship bid in overtime
The Northeast Texas Community College Eagles men’s soccer team ended their season Wednesday in a sudden-death heartbreaker against top-ranked Pima College in the NJCAA Men’s Division I National Tournament in Daytona, Florida. The Eagles lost 3-2 on a golden goal in overtime.
“We are very proud of our men’s soccer team for an outstanding season. These guys have worked hard, and they represented NTCC well in Florida,” Andy Morgan, NTCC Athletic Director, said.
Pima’s Hugo Kametani scored first at 10:34. Ronaldo Brown answered with an unassisted goal for NTCC 35:01 into the game to tie things up. Jacob Pacheco scored again for Pima at 48:02. Shortly after, NTCC evened things out again with a goal by Mandel Steward, assisted by Duhaney Williams.
Regulation time ended with the game tied 2-2. Kametani again stepped up for Pima during first overtime and finished things with a golden goal. The loss eliminated NTCC from the tournament.
NTCC started off the tournament strong with a 5-0 win against Muskegon College. Williams led the scoring in that game two unassisted goals for NTCC. Aitor Granero scored one goal and had one assist. Steward and Brown had one goal apiece. It was the second time the NTCC men have played in the national tournament.