DONALDSON, IN – Ancilla College Men's Soccer traveled to Tyler, TX for the NJCAA Men's Soccer National Tournament, a first in school history, where they brought home a semi-final finish defeating Community College of Baltimore County – Essex, 2-0, and Iowa Western Community College in double-overtime leading to a penalty kick ending. The Chargers lost to Monroe Community College, 4-3, in double overtime during the semi-final round to end their tournament run.
In round one of the tournament on Tuesday afternoon, it was Romario Piggott who scored twice for Ancilla with two assists from Brandon Duarte. The pair split the scoring for the Chargers scoring once in each half and the Ancilla defense along with goal keeper Gianluca Marchetti kept CCBC from putting up a score.
On Wednesday, the Chargers took on round two of the tournament where they faced off against Iowa Western Community College, a match that ended in double overtime where Ancilla would upset Iowa Western going three for three in penalty kicks. Kevin Mendoza tied the game with 2:18 left in the game as Ancilla came back from a 1-0 deficit to send the game into overtime.
In the semi-finals, the Chargers took on the #2 undefeated team from Monroe College. Ancilla lost in double overtime, 4-3, after making a comeback late in the second half of regulation from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game 3-3. The first halftime saw the teams locked at a 3-3 tie before Monroe was able to score early in the second overtime. The scorer of all three goals for the Chargers was Romario Piggott.
"It was amazing to see the heart of our players. We battled like warriors. It was truly a David vs. Goliath story. We were the small fish in the ocean. We had so much support from back home as the entire school was behind us, from watch parties to professors tuning in during their class. It was truly an amazing event," remarked Head Coach Dave Jacobs.
Coach Jacobs commented, "We had several players who were deserving of these honors, this was a total team effort, and a great accomplishment for these two young men."
Ancilla finished their season 18-2 overall and 7-1 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and went on to capture the NJCAA Region XII Championship before making the ride in the National tournament.
"What a memorable season. These athletes have continued to fight with each match and their hard work paid off. Being able to make a trip to the National Tournament is truly a blessing and the endless support was very much appreciated. This experience will be remembered for years to come," said Jacobs.