PICAYUNE, Mississippi – San Jacinto College Men’s Soccer team is one win way from earning its third trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament. San Jac will face rival Tyler Junior College today at 6 p.m., for the District title and automatic NJCAA berth.
San Jac (12-5-1) defeated host Pearl River Community College last night, 2-1, to earn the right to face Tyler for the District championship. In the District semifinal win, sophomore Ricardo Olaya (Bogotá, Columbia / Colegio Retos) scored at the 19:06 minute in the first half to give San Jac the early lead. Pearl River tied it up at the 66:45 mark in the second half, before San Jac scored the go-ahead, and eventual game winning goal. Sophomore Donald Benamna (Baltimore, Maryland / Montgomery Blair HS / San Diego State University), with an assist from Derick Gonzalez (Pasadena / Sam Rayburn HS), scored at 77:30, helping San Jac take the semifinal game.
San Jac will face in-state and regional rival Tyler Junior College tonight at 6 p.m., for the District championship and an automatic berth in the NJCAA national tournament. San Jac has advanced to the national tournament twice, finishing as the national runner-up in 2008, and a third place finish last season. San Jac is coached by third-year Head Coach Ian Spooner.
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. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.