Howard Community College Men’s Soccer Team Qualifies for National Championship Tournament
Columbia, MD – The Howard Community College (HCC) men’s soccer team qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Championship to be held November 9-12 at Herkimer College in Herkimer, New York.
This is the third time the Dragons have made a national tournament appearance, previously qualifying in 2010 and 2011.
The Dragons made the eight-team tournament by winning the NJCAA Division III Region XX Tournament final 2-1 over Northern Virginia Community College at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. The Dragons made the finals by defeating Prince George’s Community College 2-1 in the region semifinals.
“It is a great feeling to make the national tournament,” said HCC Head Coach Stefan Draganov. “We are happy to represent Howard Community College and Region XX.”
HCC will play Genesee Community College (NY) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, November 9 at 4 p.m. The Dragons come into the tournament with a 13-5-1 record, having won five straight and nine of their last 10 games.
The Dragons are led in scoring by freshman brothers Steve Amankwah (15 goals, two assists) and Francis Amankwah (nine goals, three assists). Freshman Simon Bradford is the leading goalkeeper for the team.
“We are very excited about making nationals,” said Cristian Alfaro, a sophomore midfielder. “We are looking to make a good run in the tournament and see what happens.”