CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College men's soccer team moved one step closer to a third consecutive KJCCC West championship on Saturday as it won 4-1 over Northwest Kansas Technical College, setting up a showdown with Barton Community College at 4 p.m. Wednesday for the title.
Wednesday's game will mark the regular season finale for the T-Birds (11-4 overall, 10-1 KJCCC West), who currently sit atop the KJCCC West with 30 points. Barton (13-1-1 overall, 9-0-1 KJCCC West) has 28 points and an additional game remaining against Northwest Kansas Technical College on Oct. 20.
To put themselves in position for their third straight conference championship, the T-Birds closed out their regular season home schedule in style with Saturday's victory over the Mavericks (2-8-1 overall, 2-6-1 KJCCC West).
Freshman forward Jackson Brown had his best game as a T-Bird as he came off the bench and provided what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 38th minute and added an assist.
Brown's second goal of the season was a beauty as he settled a corner kick by Jean-Pierre Dasylva and, with his back facing the keeper, use his heel to kick in the go-ahead goal past Mavericks' goalkeeper, Jorge Ortiz.
The score gave Cloud County a 2-1 advantage at the break after the two teams traded scores in the 21st and 25th minutes, respectively.
Northwest Kansas Technical College answered four minutes later with a goal by Eli Ortego on what originally appeared to be a crossing pass, but ended up tucking just inside the right post.
It was the lone blemish against Cloud County sophomore goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque, who improved to 11-3 overall after stopping five of the six shots he faced.
The T-Birds were able to put the game away in the second half with a pair of insurance goals.
Freshman forward Caio Faro scored his sixth goal of the season on a setup by Brown in the 53rd minute, and Dasylva capped things off with his team-leading 10th goal in the 60th minute as he finished off another perfect crossing pass, this time from freshman midfielder Leonardo Santiago.
Cloud County will now gear up for Wednesday's matchup with its longtime KJCCC West rival, with Barton. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday in Great Bend.