OJC Press Release ID: 2708

Thursday, November 2, 2017


OJC Men’s Soccer Team Competing in the West District Playoffs
 

The Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer team will be competing in the West District playoffs on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. The Rattlers will meet Pima Community College at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 for the first round of matches. All matches will be played at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott.

Teams competing in the West District playoffs are vying for two berths to the National Tournament. West District playoff teams include:
1. Yavapai College Region 1 Champion (No. 4 National Ranking)
2. Pima Community College Region 1 Runner up (No. 8 National Ranking)
3. Otero College Region 9 Champion (Receiving National Votes)
4. Snow College Region 18 Champion (Receiving National Votes)

Tournament Schedule
Nov. 3 Otero Junior College vs Pima CC 12 p.m. Winner plays 3:00 pm Nov. 4
Nov. 3 Snow College vs Yavapai College 3 p.m. Winner plays 3:00 pm Nov. 4
Nov. 4 Winners of Nov. 3 games 3 p.m. Championship Match

The West District will qualify two teams for the National Tournament.

Chris Smith, second-year head coach of the Rattlers, said his team is ready for the challenge of meeting some very tough teams. “After our regional win last week, spirits are high right now on the team. We had a good week of practice with lots of energy and anticipation for this exciting opportunity,” said Smith.

Smith noted that the team is in excellent shape and is healthy. “We had one minor injury last week, but overall the team is in peak condition to compete. They have shown a lot of heart all season and their dedication and hard work is what has gotten us this far.”

Smith gives a lot of credit for the team’s success to his returning sophomore class. “Our returners have brought a high level of leadership to this team. They started last spring during the off-season with the goal of becoming a better team. They have had a positive attitude all year and when the freshmen arrived this fall, that attitude was contagious and the freshmen bought in early to the team’s goals. The leadership of those sophomores has been phenomenal and I’m really proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

Assisting Smith on the field this year is first-year assistant coach, Gabriel Carreno. Carreno, from El Paso, Texas was a standout soccer player in the Premier Development League and the North American Soccer League. He also played on the professional level for the Austin Aztecs. Prior to coming to OJC, Carreno had coached for six years for club teams in Dallas and El Paso.

“Coach Carreno has been a huge asset to this year’s team,” said Smith. “He has had professional soccer experience and brings with him tremendous knowledge of the sport. During the season he specialized in working with the midfielders and forwards, allowing me to concentrate on the team’s defense. Together we’ve made a great coaching team and I believe the players have benefitted from that.”

At this time no webcast of the West District Playoff Tournament has been scheduled. If that should change, OJC will make an announcement with links to the webcast.

 

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The Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer team will be competing in the West District playoffs on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. The Rattlers will meet Pima Community College at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 for the first round of matches.