ancilla_soccer_division-1-champsAncilla College is acting like a David to much larger community college Goliaths. It took two overtimes, amazing blocking from a star freshman goal keeper, and three penalty kicks but the tiny junior college near Plymouth has advanced in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 soccer championships.
The Ancilla Charger Men’s Soccer team has faced a season against larger schools in the Michigan Community College Athletic Conference, a first round draw of Community College of Baltimore County (with over 70,000 students) and now a second round over Iowa Western Community College (with over 5,000 students). They will now face Monroe Community College from New York (18,000 students).
The Chargers, representing a school of just 600 students, are playing in the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament in Tyler, TX. The next game is Friday.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is an association of community college and junior college athletic departments throughout the United States. It is divided into three divisions and 24 regions.
Ancilla College is located near Plymouth, Indiana just south of South Bend. The two year college, founded in 1938, offers associate degree programs and men’s and women’s college athletic teams to students from Indiana and around the world.
Head Coach David Jacobs was named the NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year. So, in a way, it really is David vs Goliath(s). Today’s 11 saves by Gianluca Marchetti played a major role in keeping the Chargers alive long enough to strike back.
The roster is:

2          Carlos Sevilla             FR        M/F     5-7                  Houston, TX
3          Tekodah Lobsinger    FR        B/M     5-8                   Chesterton, IN
4          Josh Logan                  SO       B          6-0                Manchester, England
5          Liam Cleeton              FR        B          6-0                 Edinburgh, Scotland
6          Francisco Ocampo     FR        M/F     5-9                   Elkhart, IN
7          Yaret Regino               SO       F          5-7                 Morgantown, NC
8          Josh Forth                   SO       D         6-0                 Manchester, England
9          Brandon Duarte         FR        M         5-9                  Toronto, Canada
10        Kevin Mendoza         FR        F          5-5                   Richmond, IN
11        Romario Piggott         SO       M         5-11                  Panama City, Panama
12        Malik Palmer              FR        B          5-5                  Jamaica
13        Omar Alonso              FR        F          5-5                  South Bend, IN
14        Diego Serani               FR        M/B     5-5                  Ecuador
15        Dylan Fillwock           FR        B          6-1                  Niles, MI
16        Spencer Van Der Weele         FR        M         5-6       Argos, IN
17        Alberto Salas              FR        F          5-11               Laporte, IN
18        Randolph Bogba        FR        B          5-5                  Indianapolis, IN
19        Vova Hardesty           FR        GK       5-7                  Guston, KY
20        Rodolfo Baquerizo     SO       D         5-10                  Ecuador
21        Manuel Castellon       SO       M         5-11                 Brockton, MA
22        Gianluca Marchetti    FR        GK       6-2                  Santiago, Chile
23        Connor Howe            FR        F          5-6                  Oban Scotland
24        Taylor Medina            FR        GK       6-2                  Rochester, IN
25        Moises Maciel             FR        M/F     5-6                 Elkhart, IN
27        Chris Korvah             FR        B          5-5                  Indianapolis, IN
77        Helder Semdedo        SO       GK       5-10                 Brockton, MA
88        Lee Nicholson            SO       GK       6-0                 Toronto, Canada