Men's Soccer

FALCONS TOPPLE ARCHERS 3-0

Emmanuel Okpara Strikes Goal Against St. LouisEmmanuel Okpara Strikes Goal Against St. LouisA big, NJCAA Region 16 win against St. Louis Community College has the ECC win streak at two as the Falcons shutout the Archers 3-0. The Falcons were dominating play throughout the game, but couldn’t find the back of the net through most of the first half. A penalty kick was called against St. Louis for a push in the box which created the first scoring opportunity. Jake Erwin put one between the pipes on the penalty kick to give him a team leading five goals on the season.

FALCONS SINK LAKE COUNTY 6-3

Jake ErwinJake ErwinThe Falcons found themselves trailing the College of Lake County 1-0 and then decided to erupt in goal scoring department by scoring four goals in the first half. Jake Erwin was the leader in the scoring as he netted a hat trick on the day. A much need victory had ECC hungry to find the back of the net. Hopefully, the scoring becomes contagious in the upcoming contests for the Falcons.

ECC BATTLES TO 3-3 TIE WITH HEARTLAND HAWKS

Niall BurkeNiall BurkeThe Falcons got started under extreme heat and extreme pressure as they took on the Heartland Hawks in the season opener. After scoring first, the Falcons found themselves trailing 3-1 at halftime. Matt Hampton netted the first goal of the year for ECC as he followed in a rebound off a saved penalty kick. The second half favored East Central as play improved. Luis Hernandez hit a rocket free kick to draw the score closer at 3-2.

FALCONS INK EDDIE HOWE

EDDIE HOWEEDDIE HOWEFalcons Sign their first SLUH Student

Continuing to build for the 2014 season, East Central College soccer Head Coach Kean Barclay signed his first student from St. Louis University High School.
Eddie Howe, a central defender for SLUH and the Sporting St. Louis Rangers U-18 Team, signed a national letter of intent to play for ECC this fall. Coach Barclay said Eddie is a top quality student-athlete.

ECC SOCCER SIGNS MICHAEL MCLEMORE

MICHAEL MCLEMOREMICHAEL MCLEMOREECC Signs Michael McLemore

Returning to the Lone Star State, East Central College soccer Head Coach Kean Barclay signed Michael McLemore (Round Rock, Texas) to a National Letter of Intent Friday, Jan. 24.

McLemore, a defender for Round Rock High School and the Lonestar Soccer Club of Austin, is the third Texan to join East Central’s program and first from outside the Dallas area.

“I love to win,” McLemore said. “I always play hard. I don’t like to give up.”

GAVIN PRSHA SIGNS WITH EAST CENTRAL

GAVIN PRSHAContinuing to build for the 2014 season, East Central College recently signed Parkway West senior midfielder Gavyn Prsha to its soccer team. ECC Head Coach Kean Barclay says Prsha has attributes that can be very effective in the Falcon program.

JAKE ERWIN SIGNS WITH ECC SOCCER

Jake Erwin SigningJake Erwin SigningECC’s First Soccer Signing for 2014

Jake Erwin from St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington, Missouri is the first new student-athlete to sign a letter of intent to play soccer for the East Central College Soccer Falcons for the 2014 season.

“It’s a real honor to sign with the Falcons”, Erwin said. “It is good to stay close to home, and I think East Central is going to be an excellent fit.”

REGION TOURNAMENT WIN FOR FALCONS

Adrian SalazarAdrian SalazarA high scoring game had East Central College (12-9) coming out victorious in the quarterfinal round of the NJCAA Region 16 Tournament over Metropolitan Community College- Blue River by a score of 4-3. The game was a tough battle for the Falcons who were looking to avenge a 2-1 regular season loss in the last seconds of double overtime against the Trailblazers. The Falcons found the back of the net early to take the lead 2-0 on goals by Dylan Cassidy and Adrian Salazar.

MCCAC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM NAMED

MCCAC 1st Team All-Conference- Andrew Hamerlinck and Vadim CojocovThe Midwest Community College Athletic Conference selections were made and the top two performers on the East Central College squad were named 1st Team All-Conference: ECC sophomores Andrew Hamerlinck and Vadim Cojocov. Andrew led the team throughout the regular season with his defensive prowess in the nets. Recording five shutouts on the season, the Falcons were held in many games due to the outstanding play of Andrew Hamerlinck.

EAST CENTRAL FALCONS PREVAIL OVER HEARTLAND HAWKS

Adrain SalazarAdrain SalazarTrying to overcome injuries and gain momentum heading into the post season, the East Central College Falcons flew over the Heartland Hawks by a score of 4-0. Andrew Hamerlinck, ECC goalkeeper, was able to keep a clean sheet as the Hawks were blanked in the match. ECC is now 11-8 on the season with one game remaining in the regular season against Lincoln College. Vadim Cojocov scored two more goals to give him a team leading 19 goals on the season.