#2 Men’s Soccer wins their Fifteenth Straight Regional Championship
The MCC men’s soccer program has established dominance over the NCCAA Central Region when it comes to winning the Regional Championship. Since 1998 MCC has won the Regional Championship each year, and this is the longest streak in NCCAA II men’s soccer. The last time MCC didn’t win the Region Championship Bill Clinton was President, and our incoming freshmen class would have been about two years old! During the run they have defeated Baptist Bible College, Central Bible College, Central Christian College of the Bible, Grace University and Ozark Christian College in Championship matches.
The start of the run in 1998 may have been the most memorable of them all as the Crusaders rallied from a 3-1 deficit midway through the second half to tie the game at 3-3 and then won it in overtime against longtime rival, Ozark Christian College.
Winning the Region each year since 1998 creates pressure as every school in the region gets amped up to knock off MCC. That has happened a few times during the regular season, but each time when the Regional Tournament rolls around the Crusaders have raised their play and punched their ticket to Florida to play at the NCCAA National Tournament.
To capture the Regional Championship this year MCC defeated Central Christian College of the Bible, 8-0 in the semi-finals. In the Championship match the Crusaders defeated Grace University 4-0 to advance to the National Tournament. Ricky Wiseman, Goalkeeper, (JR, London, England) was selected the Region MVP, while Mario Ojeda (JR, Miami, FL), Gustavo Ramirez (JR, Kansas City, MO) and Caleb Veer (JR, Newton, KS) were all selected 1st Team All-Region.
This is a remarkable run that Coach Dr. Rick Wright and the squad have been on and we look forward to seeing them try to extend their streak to sixteen this fall.
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