Colleges: Joliet Junior College advances to District C Championship game
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media October 31, 2013 8:08PM
Bryan Chavez leads Joliet Junior College with 11 assists. | Supplied photo
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:22AM
Three proved to be a lucky number for the Joliet Junior College men’s soccer team in the Region IV championship game at Triton.
In its third meeting of the season, the Wolves avenged a pair of one-goal losses with a 2-0 victory over Triton that puts them in the District C Championship game.
Joliet (9-5-1) was to face Century College (6-11-1), of White Bear Lake, Minn., for the district championship at noon Saturday in Minnesota.
It’s the third time since the program’s inception in 2002 that Joliet has advanced after playing in the Region IV championship. A win over Century College means a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Championship tournament Nov. 14 through 17 in Herkimer, N.Y., and a chance to bring home its first national men’s soccer championship.
“We’re really excited to make it this far,” coach Cristobal Trillo said. “We believe in our potential and everybody’s excited about the opportunity.”
Against Triton, Minooka product Leatile Masula scored both goals, on assists from Plainfield Central grad Jonathan Iniguez and Gustavo Moreno, of Romeoville.
“After five years losing to them, we finally broke that streak,” Trillo said. “That took a lot of pressure off our shoulders. We beat them in the final after they best us twice in the regular season.”
Goalkeeper Luis Rivera turned away the only shot he saw to notch his seventh shutout.
“We only had one save from our goalkeeper, so that showed we controlled the game,” Trillo said. “We hope to carry that momentum into our next game. If we play the same way, we have a very good chance.”
Masula’s 15 goals are ninth-best in the nation. Iniguez has nine goals and four assists and sophomore Bryan Chavez has scored eight goals and leads the team with 11 assists.
Joliet previously played in the district championship in 2007, losing to Madison College (Wis.). The first time the Wolves played the district championship was in 2006, when they lost to Richland College (Texas).
Joliet beat Madison 1-0 to reach the Region IV final. Jameison Jamnik scored the game’s only goal. The Wolves lost three of their last four games entering the Region IV tournament, which included a 4-3 loss to Triton earlier this month. Triton beat Joliet 3-2 on Sept. 6.
“We had some serious doubts after the last few games of the regular season,” Trillo said. “Now, we have our confidence back.”
A renewed confidence and dedication to defense could mean a special ending to the season for the resurgent Wolves.
“We’re going to focus on defending as a team and we have some good, fast forwards on offense,” Trillo said. “We have to finish (goals) when we have the chance.”
Lewis senior Alec Pickett was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the third time.
Pickett earned two shutouts, a 1-0 win over Missouri S&T and a 2-0 whitewash of Drury, giving him eight shutouts on the season.
For the season, Pickett is 11-1-4 and has allowed eight goals in 1,510 minutes, 40 seconds of playing time, for a 0.48 goals-against average. He is seventh in the country in GAA and 10th in save percentage (.860) for the No. 20 Flyers (11-1-4, 10-1-3 GLVC).
Lewis freshman Victor Tarin was named Counsilman-Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Men’s Division II Swimmer of the Week.
Against Missouri S&T, Tarin broke the Lewis program and pool record, as well as registering an NCAA B cut time in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.87). He also won in the 100 butterfly (50.97) and closed the meet with a time of 1:40.70 as the anchor leg of the 800 free relay that posted a pool record 6:53.04.
A day later, he bettered his NCAA B cut time in the 200 free to 1:40.14 and took first while posting an NCAA B cut time of 45.85 in the 100 free.
Tarin was the lead leg in the pool record-breaking 400 free relay (46.08), breaking the record of 3:09.11, set Jan. 15, 2011.