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Forest Park Soccer Well Represented in Conference an Regional Awards

2010 MCCAC Conference Champions
2010 MCCAC Conference Coach of the Year: Greg Henson

1st Team All-Region XVI:
Luc Wells- Forward

2nd Team All-Region XVI:
Ryan Essenpreis- Goalkeeper

1st Team All-Conference:
Ryan Essenpreis- Goalkeeper
Luc Wells- Forward
Kyle Biernacki- Midfielder

2nd Team All-Conference
Mike Beutel- Defender
Wyatt Essenpreis- Defender

Forest Park Men’s Soccer Captures Conference Crown

The Forest Park men’s soccer team has captured its first Midwest Community College Athletic Conference championship since 1996, after compiling a 4-1 league mark.

The Highlanders (9-7-3 overall) put themselves in a good position to capture the crown on Oct. 12, with a 2-1 overtime win at East Central for their fourth conference win. Their lone conference defeat was to Lewis and Clark.

On Oct. 16, Lewis and Clark had a chance to share the conference lead at 4-1, needing a victory over reigning MCCAC champion Jefferson College to accomplish the feat.

That same day, the Highlanders knew they could potentially celebrate a crown, but had their minds set on other goals as they traveled to Crowder to play for a No. 1 seed in the Region XVI Tournament. After a hard fought 1-0 loss to Crowder, Coach Greg Henson and his squad learned they were the 2010 conference champions after Jefferson defeated Lewis and Clark 4-0.

“It was a bittersweet feeling,” Henson said. “We set lofty goals for ourselves this preseason to win our conference as well as our region. We would have liked the No. 1 seed, but now we must get back to work to prepare for Saturday’s quarterfinal match.”

Although the Highlanders did not capture the No. 1 seed in regional play, they still have their sights set on the regional championship. The last time the Highlanders won the Region XVI championship was 1996, also marking the last time the squad appeared in the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament.

The Highlanders will begin regional play Saturday Oct. 23, against St. Charles Community College on the road. The women also are competing in the opening round of the Region XVI Tournament in a 1 p.m. match at Meramec.

Highlanders Close Big Week with 2-1 over St. Charles in 7th Annual Hall of Fame Game

The teams met at the Midwest Soccer Academy for the 7th annual Hall of Fame Game, which is part of the lineup in the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame induction weekend. The meeting with the Cougars was the second of the year for Forest Park, who defeated St. Charles 2-0 on the road on Sept. 9.

In this contest, the Highlanders grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Joey Tibbles netted his third goal of the season three minutes into the contest. The Cougars then tied it 1-1 with 20 minutes left in the half. Forest Park went back on the attack and capitalized with a goal by sophomore Luc Wells, who scored his team-high fifth goal of the season. Wells took a pass from freshman Matt Wood, beat two defenders before slotting the ball in the side netting for the eventual game-winning goal. With three minutes left in the half, freshman Ryan Essenpreis was able to save a penalty kick try from the Cougars to preserve the 2-1 halftime lead. In an exciting second half, the Highlanders were able to shutdown the Cougars, maintain their one-goal lead and capturing the trophy.

The victory over St. Charles capped what was a tough week for the Highlanders as they played three conference games in a span of five days. After a 3-0 victory to avenge an earlier defeat against STLCC-Florissant Valley on Tuesday, the Highlanders played 110 minutes to earn a scoreless draw with Lewis and Clark Thursday night. The Highlanders start the conference season out 2-0-1 and have improved to 6-4-1 on the season.

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