Men's Soccer

FALCONS TRIUMPH OVER SPARTANS 2-1

AJ BannisterAJ Bannister
As the Falcons finish up the regular season the team is looking to make their mark in the record books by erasing a tough start to climb above the .500 mark for the first time all year. The Falcons knocked off Missouri Baptist JV 2-1 to elevate their season record to 8-7-1. A tale of seasons has East Central College winning seven of their last eight matches. Jake Erwin and AJ Bannister were able to score for the Falcons in the victory. Patrick Beffa recorded both assists on the goals in the away match.

EAST CENTRAL CAPTURES MCCAC CONFERENCE TITLE WITH WIN OVER JEFFERSON

The East Central College Soccer Falcons (7-7-1) made huge strides to reach the .500 plateau by beating Region 16 and Missouri Community College Athletic Conference rival Jefferson College by a score of 2-1. The victory also has the Falcons on top of the MCCAC standings as conference champions for the first time since 2011. In the history of ECC soccer, teams have won five conference championships in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011 and now 2014.

FALCONS CHOP DOWN LOGGERS 3-1

Matt HamptonMatt HamptonThe East Central Soccer Falcons (6-7-1) have won five of their last seven games and have been playing some of their best soccer of the season. A 3-1 victory over Lincolnland Community College was littered with red and not just the opposing team’s jersey color. The Loggers received three red cards in the game as the Falcons were in control of the game from the start. Gino Bono netted his third goal of the season to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead and then Matt Hampton scored the second goal of the match.

EAST CENTRAL COLLEGE GETS CONFERENCE VICTORY OVER ST. LOUIS

Gino BonoGino BonoThe Falcons are now 5-6-1 on the season after winning their second Missouri Community College Athletic Conference match in row by defeating the St. Louis Community College Archers by a score of 2-1. ECC knocked off St. Louis Community College for the second time this year and has started to find ways to keep the lead and win games. Dylan Cassidy converted the first goal of the game on a penalty kick. Gino Bono netted the game winner for the Falcons which is his second goal of the season.

FALCONS TOP COUGARS IN 2-1 VICTORY

Brent LampenBrent LampenThe ECC Falcons (4-6-1) found the back of the net in one of their best performances of the season with a 2-1 regulation win over the St. Charles Community College Cougars. The Missouri Community College Athletic Conference rivals played earlier in the season with St. Charles winning 2-1 on a rain shortened match. The first half was scoreless as Coach Barclay employed a new line-up in the back field moving AJ Bannister and Dylan Cassidy into the center of the midfield to take control of the field.

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.”