2014 Men's Soccer Letters of Intent Signees
The following student-athletes have signed NJCAA letters of intent to continue their academic and soccer careers at Prairie State College beginning in the Fall 2014 semester:
- Carlos Gallardo (Sterling H.S.)
- Jesus Villicana (Bremen H.S.)
- Roger Rizzi (E.E.B. Professora Luiza Santin H.S., Brazil)
Post-Season Accolades Aplenty For Pioneers [November 20, 2013]
Following another highly-successful campaign, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team was pleased to recently learn that several of its members earned some well-deserved post-season recognition.
At the top of the list was freshman forward Mamadou Ba (United Township H.S.), who was selected to the Premiership Level of the NJCAA All-Region IV Team. Ba was also an All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference second team selection.
In all, six Pioneers were named to the All-Skyway squad.
Freshman defender Josh Horne (Newcastle-Under-Lyme H.S., England), freshman goalkeeper Edgar Torres (Washington H.S.) and sophomore defender Kyle Cayton (Marian Catholic H.S.) were all tabbed to the league’s first team.
Freshman defender Lasse Olrik (Broendby Gymnasium H.S., Denmark) and freshman midfielder Raphael Alarcon (Washington H.S.) were also selected to the second team.
Ba registered a breakthrough season for PSC in 2013, notching 12 goals and four assists (28 points) on the slate. In conference action, the 5-foot-6, 131-pound Ba tallied three markers.
Horne proved to be the back bone of the Pioneers’ strong defensive unit in 2013, assisting mightily in Torres’ strong campaign.
Torres allowed just two goals in league play, posting a 0.38 goals-against average with 25 saves.
Cayton and Olrik were also major contributors on defense.
Alarcon tallied one goal in league play.
The Pioneers completed the 2013 season with a 12-4-3 record and 3-2-2 mark in league play.
Cicero, IL --- The Prairie State College men’s soccer team saw another outstanding season come to an end Saturday, following a 1-0 setback to Morton in an NJCAA Region IV Quarterfinal match.
The Pioneers closed out the 2013 campaign with an overall record of 12-4-3, the second-best mark of head coach David Spataru’s tenure at PSC.
PSC trailed 1-0 at the intermission and was never able to fully mount a substantial offensive attack.
Prairie State freshman goalkeeper Edgar Torres (Washington H.S.) made six saves in the match.
Kankakee, IL --- It only took 44 seconds for the Prairie State College men’s soccer team to show it meant business Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman forward Mamadou Ba (United Township H.S.) beat Kishwaukee’s goalkeeper just 44 seconds into the match, setting the tone early for the Pioneers in a 5-0 NJCAA Region IV Qualifier contest at Kankakee Community College.
With the win, PSC (12-3-3) now moves onto face Morton (who earned a first-round bye) on Saturday in a quarterfinal match at high noon in Cicero.
The Pioneers and Panthers squared off earlier this season, playing to a 1-1 draw at Rich East High School on Aug. 27.
The 5-foot-6, 131-pound Ba recorded a pair of tallies in the contest. He now has 12 markers on the campaign.
The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Following Ba’s dramatic score to jump-start the tilt, freshman midfielder Rubik Zazian (Hashmonaim H.S., Israel), found the back of the net himself. Zazian’s goal came in the 52nd minute, courtesy of an assist by sophomore defender Kyle Cayton (Marian Catholic H.S.).
Freshman defender Josh Horne (Newcastle-Under-Lyme H.S.) got into the scoring act in the 54th when he used a pass from Ba to make it 3-0. Ba would tally again in the 64th, via an assist off the foot of sophomore midfielder Lukman Ahmed-Shaibu (A.P. College, Nigeria).
Freshman midfielder Osvaldo Sanchez (Bloom H.S.) scored in the 80th, following an assist by freshman midfielder Gustavo Zambrano (Bloom H.S.).
Freshman goalkeeper Edgar Torres (Washington H.S.) manned the area between the posts for the match’s first 79 minutes and made six saves. Torres gave way to freshman keeper Fernando Zepeda (Chesterton H.S., Ind.), who closed out the match.