CRANFORD – The Union County College Men’s Soccer Team was named the NJCAA Region XIX Champions after they defeated Bergen County College on Monday, Oct. 31 with a final score of 1-0.
The game-winning goal was scored by Nicolas Garcia which led him to be named the “Offensive Player of the Game.” This is the fifth time the Union County College Men’s Soccer Team has won the Region XIX Championship Title. With an 18 game winning streak and a record of 17-1 in Region XIX, the Owls are currently ranked 7th in the nation with an overall record of 20-2.
The team will compete, as a member of the NJCAA Elite Eight, in the first round of the NJCAA National Championship at Herkimer County Community College in New York. Their first opponent in the tournament is Nassau County Community College on Thursday, November 10 at 1:30 p.m.
“I am absolutely thrilled for Alex, his staff and his players. What stands out to me the most about their accomplishments is the obvious reason why they play – For the love of the game! If you had a chance to watch them play, you would be able to see that these guys love the game and understand the importance of playing as a team. The young men are also some of our best and brightest student-athletes.” stated Tammy Smith, Dean of College Life, who oversees athletics at the College. Head Coach, Alex Louis, is excited to return to the National Championships, having just recently leading the 2009 team to be named the 2009 National Champions.
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