2018 Men's Soccer News
Six Blue Devils earn Post-Season honorsNovember 29, 2018Six Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils have been earned All-Jayhawk East Conference soccer honors for 2018 – five of them freshmen. Four Blue Devils were named to the first team headed by the lone sophomore, forward Reed Axthelm of Riverton, Wy. He was joined on the first unit by midfielder Alejandro Maillet of Alleroed, Denmark; and defenders Stylianos Papadimitriou of Nicosia, Cyprus, and Ignacio Sarasol of Valencia, Spain. Named to the second team were goalkeeper Fabian Keiblinger of Sitzenberg-Reidling, Austria, and defender Justin Hynes of Villingen, Germany. Cowley College, which won the Jayhawk East with a 10-0 record, dominated the All-East team with 11 first team selections and swept the individual awards. Freshmen Santiago Gimenez and Elluan Martins were named Co-Offensive Players of the Year, sophomore Jesus Garcia Defender of the Year and Ruy Vaz Coach of the Year. PHOTO IDENT Kansas City Kansas Community College All-Jayhawk Conference soccer honorees include first team members (front row, from left) Ignacio Sarasol, Alejandro Maillet, Reed Axthelm and Stylianos Papadimitriou; and second team (second row) Fabian Keiblinger and Justin Hynes. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)
KCKCC Soccer standout to MANCNovember 28, 2018Hector Valles came to Kansas City Kansas Community College to learn English – and play soccer. Today, the native of Valencia, Spain, is signed and sealed to continue his education at Mid-America Christian University (MACU) in Oklahoma City, Okla. A soccer power as a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference, MACU (12-5-1) is headed for this fall’s NAIA national tournament. A member of KCKCC’s 2017 team that won Jayhawk Conference and Plains District championships and the College’s first ever national tournament appearance, Valles was captain of the 2018 Blue Devil team. Valles chose Mid-America Christian from offers from 30 NAIA and NCAA DII colleges because of financial considerations. “I will not have to ask my parents for money,” says Valles, who will receive tuition, room and board at MACU. “I will also have a part-time job.” KCKCC Coach Ruben Rodriguez said his academic success was a major factor in earning 30-40 offers from other colleges and universities. “He’s really a great kid who did exceptionally well in the class room, Because of his high performances academically and on the field, he had a tremendous amount of opportunities. We’re definitely going to miss him.” A standout on club teams in Spain, Valles was steered to KCKCC by a soccer recruiting agent. “I only knew basic English,” enough to pass exams to get him into the U.S. and KCKCC. Now fluent, he’ll earn an AA degree from KCKCC in May and then pursue a degree in Economics at MACU. The best part of his KCKCC career? “The people,” he says quickly. “My coaches, Ruben (Rodriguez) and Burke (Slusher); some of the people who have already left; and all those here. They were the best part.” Ironically, Valles will be reunited with one of those who have left. One of last year’s players and manager on this year’s KCKCC team, Guilherme Grave, is enrolled at Oklahoma City University and as members of the same conference they’ll go head-to-head on the soccer field, PHOTO IDENT With head coach Ruben Rodriguez (left) and assistant coach Burke Slusher as witnesses, Kansas City Kansas Community College soccer standout signed to continue his education at Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, Okla. (KCKCC Photo)
Men's Soccer blanks Allen County 2-0September 26, 2018Kansas City Kansas Community College got in front early and stayed there in a 2-0 men’s soccer blanking of Allen County at Iola Saturday. The win evened KCKCC’s record at 2-2 heading into a Jayhawk Conference doubleheader at Coffeyville Wednesday. The women play at 5 p.m.; the men a T 7 p.m. The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead just 1:45 into the contest, sophomore forward Hiago Gaspar scoring on an assist from freshman defender Kenar Huntington. An unassisted goal by sophomore Reed Axthelm of Riverton, Wyo., in the 25th minute made it 2-0 and the defense took it from there. “Our defense really played well, keeping the pressure off our goalkeeper,” said KCKCC Coach Ruben Rodriguez. Freshman goalkeeper Fabian Keiblinger was credited with just three saves as a quartet of freshmen Stylianos Papadimitriou, Ignacio Sarasol and Kenar Huntington and sophomore Gustavo Palmieri repeatedly kept the Red Devils from penetrating deep into KCKCC scoring areas.