The Pratt Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams were both in action over the weekend.
The Beaver men played a spring friendly match against Friends University. Declan Fitzpatrick scored the lone goal for the Beavers off of a Matt Price long throw in. The Falcons answered the goal to make the score 1-1, and the game finished in a tie as neither team could come up with a winner.
"It was an impressive display by the men as they were in control for most of the game," said Assistant Coach Mike Daniels.
The Pratt Community College men's and women's soccer teams have spent their spring semester using their talents to give back to local youth.
Earlier this month, six players and two coaches traveled to Argonia, Kan. to put on a free youth soccer clinic. Approximately 50 kids were in attendance, and the clinic was deemed a huge success. Assistant Soccer Coach Mike Daniels noted that it was encouraging for rural towns to have such a showing of support for the sport.
Two Pratt Community College men’s soccer players were recently honored. Midfielders Greg Roller and Declan Fitzpatrick were named to the All-Region Second Team.
Players are selected and voted on by the Coaches.
"Declan and Greg fully deserved to be named to the All Region Second team," said Head Coach Kevin Kewley. "Both players are leaders on and off the field. Declan is just a freshman, so I look for him to be a vital part of the 2015 Beaver soccer team. Greg has had two great years here at Pratt, and is looking to play at the next level in 2015."
Eight Pratt Community College soccer players were recognized with All-Conference honors this week from the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) in the All-Conference teams.
On the men’s side, the Beavers placed five guys on the Second Team: defenders Sam Nobo and David Nobo, midfielders Declan Fitzpatrick and Greg Roller, and forward James Gragson. Jose Vaquera was named Honorable Mention.
On the ladies' side, defender Wynter Keetso was named to the Second Team and Ashley Contreras was named Honorable Mention .
On Oct. 30, the Pratt Community College men’s soccer team traveled to Cloud County Community College to face off in the first round of Region VI playoffs against the T-Birds.
The Beavers jumped to an early lead midway through the first half when James Gragson chipped over the opposing goal keeper on an assist from goalie Luis Fernandez. The T-Birds equalized on a penalty kick and at the half time break the score was 1-1.
On Saturday, the Pratt Community College women's soccer team finished off the season against Hesston College with a 1-1 tie.
"The ladies kept up the their fine play of late, and could have easily taken the lead on several occasions," said Head Coach Kevin Kewley. "Hesston took the lead in the second half, but once again the Beavers showed a fighting spirit, and tied the game up with just minutes to play on a great 30-yard shot from Jacklyn Finley."
In overtime, neither team scored and the game finished 1-1 .
On Oct. 23, the Lady Beavers took on the Barton Cougars in what their coach called their best game of the year.
"The ladies were up for the fight from the opening whistle, and matched Barton in every aspect," said Head Coach Kevin Kewley. "Both teams had chances to score in the first half, but neither team could convert so the half time score was 0-0. The second half was pretty much the same with neither team able to convert their chances."
The Pratt Community College men's and women's soccer teams hosted the Cowley College Tigers on Oct. 21 on the Pratt campus.
The Lady Beavers took a 3-0 win over Cowley. Rachel Roller, Jacklyn Finley and Ashley Contreras each scored a goal, and Allie Ehlers had two assists. Magali Vazquez got the shut out in the nets for the Beavers, and Wynter Keetso made some excellent plays on defense.
The Pratt Community College men's and women's soccer teams played at Dodge City on Oct. 10
"The girls played a tough game once again, but still came up short," said Head Coach Kevin Kewley. "Our offense is still not taking our chances in front of goal, and once again we were shut out. Ashley Contreras was close a number of times, but the Dodge keeper made several fine saves to deny her."
Dodge City scored late in the game to take the 1-0 victory.