The CCC men's soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 1-1 finish in the NCCAA Central Region Tournament last weekend. The Tigers opened up the tournament with a 2-0 win over NCAA DII opponent Colorado Christian. The Tigers and Cougars were tied 0-0 at halftime. The Tigers scored back to back goals 15 minutes into the second frame and then put the clamps on defensively to secure the win. CCC's first goal was scored by Ronnie Rocha and was assisted by Martin Marfo. A minute later, Josh Nuckols scored an insurance goal that was assisted by Rod Gaffoglio. The Tigers recoreded 11 shots in the games while the Cougars managed only 2. Tiger goal keeper recorded 2 saves.
In the Semi-finals, the Tigers squared off against Central Baptist College. CCC and CBC had met earlier in the year in a MCAC game where the Mustangs were victorious 3-1. The game remained scoreless through the first half. The Mustangs got on the scoreboard first in the 56th minute. The Tigers answered 9 minutes later when Ronnie Rocha found the back of the net off of a pass from Martin Marfo. In the 69th minute CBC went ahead again on a free kick. Grant Rardon scored the equalizer with under 3 minutes to play on a free kick.
The two teams played two sessions overtime with the score remaining tied 2-2. To settle the tie, the game was decided by a penalty kick shoot out. The Tigers were defeated in the shoot out 5-3. The Tigers finished the season with a 12-7-1 record. It was the second year in a row that the program finished with double digits in the win column.
Coach Ouren summed up the tournament this way, "It is never easy or fun to end the season with a loss, especially one that was so close. It is games like these that can often show or define the character of an individual and program. Despite the disappointing set-back the team, the guys displayed themselves in honorable fashion.
The coaching staff is extremely proud of our guys throughout the tournament. We showed character as we struggled to find positive scoring opportunities against CCU and battled back against CBC in addition to representing our school extremely well in the way we played and carried ourselves after each game. I know coach Johnson and myself are extremely proud and honored to be able to represent these guys as coaches in the tournament. All in all it was a success season and showing in the tournament. We wish SAGU nothing but the best of luck as they prepare to represent our region in the National Tournament."