OJC Men's Soccer
60 wins, 15 loses, & 6 ties
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2013 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
Meet the 2014 OJC Soccer Team
Top row( l-r):
Nathan Shumer, Mauricio Gutierrez, Jonah Hady, Tristan Hugo, Jay Marx, Mikhall Hastings, Jesse Leaming, Manuel Villalobos (NP), Omari Shabani, Alex Hastings, Julio Sanchez.
Middle Row (l-r):
Ronald Guevara (TM), David Varela, Nic Martinez, Omar Omar, Orion Miller, James Malang, Luis Rangel, Aaron Chavez, Liban Abdi, Jose Castro, Eriberto Rodriguez.
Bottom Row (l-r):
Mario Matute, Owayne Stone, Alejandro Esquibel, Diego Serna (NP), Zach Leon, Chris Arce, Gonzalo Martinez, Erick Chapa, Paulus Gipli.
TM- Team Manger NP- Not Participating
OJC Men’s Soccer Opens Regional Play With Wins
On Sept. 6, 2014 the Rattlers beat Central Nebraska with a score of 3-1. The first goal was scored by freshman Erick Chappa; the first goal of his college career. Just five minutes later, sophomore Alex Hastings’ header off of a cross from Chris Arce resulted in a goal for the Rattlers. Later in the first half, freshman Owayne Stone from Jamaica scored his first career goal with a great shot from 30 yards out.
The Rattlers dominated in the first half; however, Central Nebraska came back in the second half and scored an early goal. The Rattlers kept Central at bay for the rest of the game. Goalkeeper Julio Sanchez played all 90 minutes in goal, making four saves.
The following night, Otero faced the Plainsmen of Northeastern Junior College. Otero started the game on a high note, with Alex Hastings scoring off a throw-in from his brother, Mikhail Hastings, just 32 seconds into the game. Otero kept up on the attack and scored three more goals in the first half. Otero made sure not to replay the previous night’s game by staying strong in the second half, adding three more goals letting up just one.
“I am mostly proud of all our guys that came off the bench and did everything we asked of them. It’s good to know that we can get our starters some rest without the level of play dropping,” said Head Coach Mike Bielski. “Overall, it was a great weekend for us. We tried some different things and it paid off. We hope to continue this on to next weekend when we face Northwest who seems to always have a great team.”
OJC Men’s Soccer signs Mario Matute!
OJC Men’s Soccer signs Mario Matute, a defender from Concord, California. “We are very excited to bring Mario in. His foot skills and versatility make him a great addition,” said Head Coach Mike Bielski. Mario is expected to make a big impact next year.
Ramiro Ceja All American!
Ramiro Ceja received the award of All-American for the 2013 season from both the NJCAA and NSCAA. Ramiro is the second men's soccer player to win this prestigious award. Please see our Facebook page for more details and links.
2014 Season Outlook
The 2014 Otero Junior College men’s soccer team is excited to continue a tradition of success this season as the reigning Region IX champions. With a young group of players that will raise the bar in the class room and on the field, it looks to be another great year. The Rattlers will roster 11 returners along with 24 new student athletes this season. With an all-time school record of 60-15-6 the rattlers will start off the season ranked 18th in the Nation by the NSCAA and 17th by the NJCAA. Some goals of the team for the 2014 year are to improve academically, win the region for a second year in a row, and make a second appearance at the National Tournament.
Our attitude and dedication toward putting in the work necessary to succeed this season has increased in a positive way. This team is a great group of young men that are determined to fulfill our team goals and their individual academic goals. We would like to thank the community of La Junta for their support and look forward to putting on another exciting season of soccer for you all to watch.
OJC Soccer Currently Ranked 19th in the Nation by the NSCAA & the NJCAA!
The Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer program has established a tradition of success over the course of its participation in the competitive Region IX of the NJCAA. With an all-time record of 60-15-6, the Rattlers have an exciting and energetic style of play that results in action packed games. There is always a great atmosphere when playing in their home stadium in front of a student and community filled crowd. Players that are a part of the OJC soccer program have a determination to continue building the tradition of success here. Otero Junior college puts student athletes in an environment to succeed in the classroom and on the field. We are a great program that has been able to move players on to the next level academically and athletically. We welcome any student athletes who feel they can contribute to the success of our institution and soccer program. Interested athletes should fill out a player questionnaire that can be found on a link to the right. Please feel free to email or call any time with questions. GO RATTLERS!
2013 First Team All-Region Winners
(L-R Top) Forwards Ramiro Ceja, Santiago Alejandro
(Bottom) Defender Jordan Seeto, Midfielder Alex Hastings, Defender Danny McQuaid
Otero alum Charles Howard succeeds at NCAA DI Elon
Named to Southern Conference All-Tournament team
Charles Howard pictured above is set to graduate this spring from University of Elon in North Carolina. Charles played for the Rattlers in their inaugural 2010 season and in 2011 transferring to Elon in the spring of 2012. He was captain of the Rattlers both years and won all region honors. This year the Elon Phoenix won there conference tournament gaining a bid to the NCAA tournament where they made it to the second round ultimately losing to the #1 team in the country UCLA. “As a coach and friend I’m very proud to see Charles doing great things at the next level. He is a great player and person. He did a lot for Otero and our soccer program. I’m very happy for him he deserves this,” Otero Soccer Head Coach Mike Bielski.
See links below for stats and stories on Charles Howard:
Men's Soccer Takes Care of Mercer in Double-Overtime
Charles Howard - 2013 Men's Soccer
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