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Highlanders Soccer Team Captures Conference Title

October 20, 2010

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, with time, site and opponent yet to be determined.