CRANFORD – On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Union County College Men’s Soccer team battled County College of Morris to claim the NJCAA Division III, Region XIX Championship.
The Owls, who were ranked 12th in the nation, defeated Morris, who were ranked fifth. The Owls won the game by a score of 3-1. This is the first time since 2007 that the team has won the Region XIX Championship.
During the game, UCC player Kemar Richards, who is ranked second in the nation for scoring, scored two goals. The third goal was score by Mike Oppong. Players Patrick Termeus, Kemar Richards, and Shelson Dorleans all assisted with the scoring of the goals.
On Nov. 7, the UCC Owls went on to win the District 4 championship game in Largo, Maryland. The team played Prince George Community College and won by a score of 2-1, to take the title of District 4 Champions. This game avenged a Sept. 6 loss to Prince George by a score of 3-1. UCC’s record at that time in September was no wins and two losses.
The Owls have made significant strides since their slow season start combined with a difficult early season schedule and have gone on to win the last nine games played.
The Owls are now one of the final four schools competing for the National Title in Herkimer, New York on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15. Currently ranked fourth in the nation, with a record of 17 wins, 5 losses and one tie, they will play Nassau Community College at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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