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2019 Men's Soccer News

  • Blue Devils blank Coffeyville; Begin playoffs at Cloud Sunday
    October 22, 2019
    A 2-0 winner over Coffeyville Sunday, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s men will take on a familiar rival in opening Region VI soccer playoff action. The Blue Devils will open play at Cloud County Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be played at the Concordia High School field and will be the third year in a row the two teams have collided in the playoffs. KCKCC used a 1-0 win in the second round of the 2017 regional on the way to a berth in the NJCAA DI national tournament but lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Cloud in last year’s opening round. The Blue Devils scored the only goal they would need just four minutes into Sunday’s 2-0 win over Coffeyville. Freshman Elijah Bathily took a pass from sophomore Leonard Bonelli across the middle for the goal. The Blue Devils then scored an insurance goal early in the second half, sophomore Marcus Kawah taking a crossing pass from freshman Javier Blanco for the goal. The Blue Devil defense excelled, allowing Coffeyville only four shots as freshman goalkeeper Bosco Pery recorded the shutout with two saves. The Blue Devils, meanwhile got off 19 shots including 15 on goal, 13 of which were turned away. With a lead, KCKCC Coach Ruben Rodriguez was able to go to his second unit. “This gave us a chance to rest our first team and avoid injuries in order to be at 100 percent for the playoffs,” said Rodriguez. “We played well; we just need to keep it up.” The Blue Devils will take a two-game winning streak and a 7-5-2 overall record into the playoffs. KCKCC finished third in the Jayhawk with a 6-3-1 record. The league champion will be crowned Monday when Cowley (7-1-1) plays at Johnson County (6-1-2). PHOTO IDENTS Freshman forward Elijah Bathily, who scored KCKCC’s first goal in a 2-0 blanking of Coffeyville Sunday, levels a shot from inside the box. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)
  • 2-1 Win puts Blue Devils in position for high Jayhawk finish
    October 09, 2019
    Kansas City Kansas Community College made an early 2-0 lead stand up for a vital 2-1 win over Neosho County Tuesday night. The win pulled the Blue Devils into a tie with Neosho for third place in the Jayhawk Conference with a chance to climb even higher with three games remaining starting Friday when KCKCC hosts Johnson County in a 5-7:30 p.m. doubleheader. Cowley College leads the conference at 5-1-1 followed by Johnson County (4-1-1), KCKCC (4-3) and Neosho (4-3), Allen County (3-5) and Coffeyville (0-7). In addition to JCCC Friday, the Blue Devils play at Allen County next Wednesday and host Coffeyville Sunday, Oct. 20. Johnson County has games remaining against Cowley, KCKCC, Coffeyville and Neosho while Neosho faces Allen County, Cowley and JCCC in its remaining three contests. KCKCC’s 2-1 win over Neosho was the second 2-1 win over the Panthers and earned the tie-breaker in case of a tie. Also, it was only the third loss of the season for Neosho (10-3). The Blue Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first four minutes on a goal by sophomore midfielder Alejandro Maillet on an assist from freshman Elijah Bathily and then got what proved to be the winning goal from sophomore Ignacia Sarasol, who took a free kick in front of the net from freshman Lucas Santos and beat the goalkeeper with a thunderous kick. Neosho got its lone goal with seven minutes left in the half, the goal coming when the Panthers beat goalkeeper Boso Pery to the ball for an open goal shot. But Pery and the Blue Devil defense turned back every other challenge by the Panthers, who got off a dozen shots, six on goal. Perry had five saves including a diving stop in the final two minutes as the Blue Devils staved off countless Neosho advances deep in KCKCC territory. “A good test for us, we needed to test ourselves,” said KCKCC Coach Ruben Rodriguez. “We stepped up to the plate and took care of business. A good win, a big win. And now an even bigger game against Johnson Friday.” PHOTO IDENT (2 photo sequence) KCKCC sophomore Ignacia Sarasol takes dead aim at a free kick by Lucas Santos before rifling the ball past a diving goalkeeper for what proved to be the winning goal in the Blue Devils 2-1 win over Neosho County Wednesday. (KCKCC Photos by Alan Hoskins)
  • Blue Devils nip Iowa Central in overtime thriller
    September 03, 2019
    As wins go, they don’t get much better than Kansas City Kansas Community College’s extra period 2-1 win over Iowa Central Sunday. Alejandro Maillet, a sophomore midfielder from Copenhagen, Denmark, headed home the game winner in the opening three minutes of overtime to give the Blue Devils (1-1-1) their first win of the season. The game-winner came on an assist from Cheslyn Ashby, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa. The ‘Golden Goal’ set off a long and wild celebration as the entire squad engulfed Maillet and Ashby. “The game winner was a pin point cross from Cheslyn that Alejandro buried in the net with a powerful header,” said KCKCC assistant coach Burke Slusher. “The play was a team goal that started with the back and played through the midfield before eventually finding Ashby on the right flank. Ashby worked to beat a defender to drive the ball over another defender to find Maillet on a long run from the midfield.” KCKCC took an early lead on a goal by sophomore Marco Cabral on an assist from freshman Elijah Bathily only to have Iowa Central tie it a few minutes later and the contest turned in to an exhausting defensive battle. “Pretty much a standoff the second half with both teams trading possessions,” said Slusher. “It was a good win for us. Our guys are learning how to play together and trust one another. We just need to keep rolling.”