Soccer finishes season ranked 3rd in the nation
11.10.2013 | By Andrea Vasquez
The San Jacinto College soccer team held a record-breaking season setting a new school record of 20-2-0 and finishing third in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament. Pictured left to right: Bottom row: Jose "Sito'" Seoane, Joao Monteiro, Pablo Vazquez, and O'Neal Moore. Top row: Michael Rich, Ezquiel Amestoy, Call Casarez, and San Jacinto College Soccer Head Coach Ian Spooner. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
Soccer finishes season ranked 3rd in the nation
Andrea Vasquez -- December 11, 2013
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College soccer team held a record-breaking season, taking them back to the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) semifinals in Tyler, Texas.
“It was a great accomplishment to make it to nationals and finish third in nation,” said San Jacinto College Men’s Soccer Head Coach Ian Spooner, who just completed his second year with the program. “We had a strong sophomore class that led by example on and off the field, which made a big impact on the team’s success.”
Ranked third in the nation, the team also set a new school record, ending the 2013 season with a 20-2-0 overall record. With only one regular season loss against Tyler Junior College in September, the team started and ended its regular season with wins across the board. After defeating Coastal Bend in October, the team faced Tyler again in a Region XIV Conference match, this time winning 3-1. San Jacinto College went on to defeat Jacksonville College and Northeast Texas Community College by a combined score of 9-1 in the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.
November began the run for nationals, with yet another win, this time against Pearl River Community College, clinching the district championship title and securing a spot in the 2013 NJCAA District 1 Men’s Soccer National Championship semifinals, an appearance the team has not made since 2008. Coming in as the third seed, San Jacinto College won 4-2 against Cloud County Community College. The team rallied once again for their second semifinal match against Cincinnati State, winning 3-0. In the championship qualifier, San Jacinto College faced longtime rival Tyler for a third match this season, ultimately falling 2-0. Tyler continued to the championship game against undefeated Iowa Western Community College, with Iowa Western winning 3-1 in penalty kicks.
NJCAA and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) awarded honors to a number of players this season. San Jacinto College sophomore forward/midfielder Jose (Sito) Seoane was named to the NJCAA All-American Team, national tournament All-Tournament Team, All-Region XIV Team, NSCAA First Team All-American, All-South Region First Team, and team MVP. Seoane finished the season with 30 goals and 14 assists for 74 points. Sophomore defender Ezequiel Amestoy was also named to the NJCAA national tournament All-Tournament Team and NSCAA All-South Region Second Team. Amestoy had four goals and one assist for nine points. Sophomore midfielder Pablo Vazquez received NSCAA First Team All-American and All-South Region First Team honors and ended the season with 11 goals, 13 assists for 35 points. Freshmen forward O’Neal Moore was named to the NSCAA All-South Region Second Team and finished with 17 goals and four assists for 38 points. Freshman forward/midfielder Joao Monteiro picked up NJCAA All-Region XIV Team honors and completed the season with nine goals and 14 assists for 32 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Rich was named to the NJCAA All-Region First Team with 68 saves and five shutouts for the season, and freshman defender Call Casarez was named team newcomer and finished six goals for 12 points.
Spooner is looking forward to next season and the continuous climb toward a championship title. “We will have a good core of the team returning for their sophomore season, so we will look to them to be leaders next season,” he said. “We will use the Spring semester to get better individually and build team chemistry for the 2014 season. The plan is now to continue to grow as a coach and get San Jacinto College back to nationals, so we can win a national championship.”
For more information about the San Jacinto College men’s soccer program, visit www.sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.