BC Soccer in Hunt for MCCC Regular Season Championship

Barclay College took their game on the road for a pair of games in the state of Missouri over the weekend. Friday afternoon they took on Midwest Christian College Conference foe Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, Mo.) and then on Saturday they found themselves in a real barn burner in Springfield against Baptist Bible College.

On Friday the Bears were able to take care of business against CCCB after capitalizing on a plethora of scoring opportunities. They walked away with a 5-0 win. Sophomore Justin Calicchia (Montreal, Canada) led the scoring with a hat trick. Calicchia capitalized on a 1-v.-1 with the Saints’ keeper, ricocheted in a goal off the cross bar, and then was assisted on a goal by senior Brandon Palmer (Newton, Kans.). Freshman Bryan Godoy (Katy, Texas) was also clutch in scoring off of a pass from sophomore David Kearns (Eudora, Kans.). The final score was from sophomore Paul Stovall (Wichita, Kans.). He scored when the Saints’ keeper bobbled the ball right in front of the net.

The match Saturday featured a Baptist Bible team that the Bears handily beat 3-0 in their home opener. This time was a different story. Although Baptist Bible controlled possession of the ball in the first half, Barclay loosened up and was able to score first off of a Godoy to Calicchia give-and-go connection. However, the lead was short lived as Baptist Bible answered back with a long direct kick from about 25 yards out to tie the match. The game would remain tied after regulation. Then in the first overtime period, the Bears scored the golden goal when a long punt from freshman keeper Drew McLellan (Peoria, Ariz.) bounced to the Baptist Bible’s backline and a Baptist defender headed the ball towards their keeper to keep it away from a closing Calicchia. The header was too high and the Bears walked away with the victory following an own goal.

On Thursday the Bears (5-4-1, 3-1) travel to Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, Kans.) to keep their hopes alive for a third consecutive MCCC regular season title. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.