CONCORDIA, Kan. – Early goals in both the first and second half would lead the Cloud County Community College men's soccer team to a 2-1 postseason victory over Kansas City Kansas Community College in the opening round of the NJCAA Region VI Playoffs at Harold M. Clark Stadium in Concordia, Kansas on Sunday, October 27th.
The win allows Cloud County to advance to the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region VI Playoffs with a 13-4-1 overall record while the Blue Devils see their season end at the hand of the T-Birds while finishing with a 7-6-2 overall record.
Not even five minutes would elapse off the clock in the first half before Cloud County would claim their first lead of the game as Djougher Oliveira would send a long pass across the field to the far side of the 18-yard box where Felipe D'Agostini would control the ball and beat goalkeeper Bosco Perry in a one on one situation to put the T-Birds up 1-0. Possession and pace would then become the priority by both teams, with both teams pushing play into the offensive thirds of the field and seeing opportunities miss off target to leave things at a 1-0 lead through the first 30-plus minutes of play. Kansas City Kansas would get a break however when a foul would lead to a penalty kick for the Blue Devils, with Marcos Cabral stepping up and tying things up at 1-1 with just over 10 minutes before halftime. The rest of the first half would play out with neither team finding a go-ahead goal to leave things tied at one heading into halftime.
Pressing for possession to start the second half, Cloud County would manage to grab possession at midfield and play the ball into the KCKCC defensive third in the opening minutes of the second half. With the ball on the near side of field where Shaqon Bryan would send in a cross that would find the head of Heitor Moreira as the freshman would redirect the ball to the far post and into the net to put the T-Birds back up 2-1. The Blue Devils responded by taking control of possession and playing a majority of the second half in the Cloud County half of the field, with a barrage of five shots coming in the span of two minutes that would require three saves from CCCC. KCKCC would continue to find opportunities on the offensive end heading into the final 15 minutes of the match but would be unable to connect on an equalizer as the T-Birds would hang on for the victory.
Cloud County would be outshot by the Blue Devils 23-17 and see the Blue Devils collect six of the seven corner kicks in the contest. CCCC's leading offensive player would be D'Agostini with seven total shots leading to his one goal, while Oliveira took three total shots. T-Bird goalkeeper would earn the win in net, turning away six shots while allowing one goal in 90 minutes of play.
Cloud County will wait to see the outcome of Cowley and Garden City which is being played on Sunday afternoon. If Cowley wins, then the T-Birds will travel to Arkansas City for a matchup on Friday, November 1st. CCCC would host on Friday if the Broncbusters were to pull the upset.