Last Sunday, the Delta College Pioneer women's soccer team clinched the NJCAA Division III Great Lakes Region District Championship with a 3-1 win over Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
"The girls played amazing. They kept the ball on the ground, played a fast-paced game and played together," Coach Damon Amey said, when asked about the weekend's play. He added, "one thing that stands out is that after that long bus ride they were super focused from the moment they stepped off the bus. That focus caused them to play extremely well. "
Sophomore Hannah Emington, a two time MCCAA all-league player, had her own thoughts on the weekend.
"Being down 0-1 we realized our season could end, and that made us care even more, and play even harder," said Emington. "The biggest highlight for me was when Elizabeth Green scored on a free kick to tie the game 1-1. It gave us a burst of energy."
"The team played very well. We stayed positive and focused and everyone cheered one another on, even when we were down 0-1," said freshman Claire Rousse who was recently named MCCAA Freshman of the Year and MCCAA Player of the Year.
With Sunday's win, the Lady Pioneers punched their ticket to the 2019 NJCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Tournament. The Lady Pioneers will depart for the National Tournament on Tuesday, November 12. The Nationals will be held November 14-17, at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York. The number two ranked Lady Pioneers will face number seven ranked Howard Community College on Thursday, November 14 at 3:30pm.
"I'm super excited to go back to the tournament for the third year in a row," Coach Amey explained. "This is the moment we have prepared ourselves for all season."
"These teams are going to be better than most teams in the country and we are going to have to fight that much harder. It doesn't matter if you're tired or hurt, you have to put everything on the line or you lose the chance of a lifetime." Emington said. "We are not going to get second place, this year we are going to bring home a championship!"
All nine games of the championship weekend will be available live online through NJCAA TV.