Men's Soccer

FALCONS FALL SHORT IN REGION FINAL ON PENALTY KICKS TO MCC-BLUE RIVER

Dylan CassidyDylan CassidyThe Falcons turnaround season almost followed Coach Barclay’s game plan down to the last seconds of the season. East Central College Soccer (11-8-1) traveled to MCC-Blue River to face the Trailblazers in the NJCAA Region 16 championship match. ECC played an almost flawless bend, but don’t break defense keeping the score tied 0-0 at halftime. The Trailblazers found the back of the net first on a breakaway goal that hit the post and went in the net.

FALCONS PICK UP ACCOLADES

An incredible turnaround season has been marked with a number of highlights for the East Central College Soccer Falcons. The team won the school’s 5th conference championship with a regular season 2-1 victory over Jefferson College. Winning the first championship in the newly branded Missouri Community College Athletic Conference came with a number of other accolades. Coach Kean Barclay was named MCCAC Coach of the Year and four players were named 1st Team MCCAC All-Conference.

FALCONS FLY INTO REGION FINAL WITH 2-1 OT WIN OVER JEFFERSON

Zeke LittleZeke LittleThe East Central College Soccer Falcons (11-7-1) continued their amazing turnaround with an NJCAA Region 16 semifinal victory over Jefferson College by a score of 2-1 in over time. The Falcons played a good first half with Zeke Little anchoring the defense in goal for the Falcons. A couple of tremendous saves by Little kept ECC in the match, but Jefferson scored with 40 seconds remaining in the first half to go up 1-0.

FALCONS WIN REGION 16 TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL MATCH OVER CROWDER

Patrick BeffaPatrick BeffaAn NJCAA Region 16 Tournament Quarterfinal victory over the Crowder College Ghostriders by a score of 2-1 has ECC Soccer (10-7-1) peaking at the right time of the year. Earlier in the season, the Falcons dropped a home game to Crowder by a score of 4-1 with their worst performance of the year. Reaching peak form at the right time in the playoffs makes for memorable moments in sports and the Falcons have become familiar with dramatic, comeback wins.

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.