Apaches shoot for spot in NJCAA Final Four

Cincinnati State's Brad Schluter (left) battles for the ball with Cloud County's Gefter Blanc in their NJCAA Division I Men's Soccer tournament match at Pat Hartley Field Tuesday afternoon. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The Tyler Junior College Apaches shoot for a berth in the Final Four today as the NJCAA Division I Men’s National Soccer Tournament continues at Pat Hartley Field.

TJC, fresh off Monday’s 2-1 win over Baltimore County-Essex (Md.), can clinch a semifinals berth with a win or a tie against ASA (N.Y.). The contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Results on Tuesday were: Lewis & Clark (Ill.) 3, Ranger (Texas) 1; Cincinnati State (Ohio) 2, Cloud County (Kan.); and Eastern Florida 3, Burlington County (N.J.) 1.

Along with the TJC-ASA match, other games include: Iowa Western vs. Lewis & Clark, 10 a.m.; San Jacinto (Texas) vs. Cincinnati State, 12:30 p.m.; and Yavapai (Ariz.) vs. Eastern Florida, 3 p.m.

Winners of the four pools advance to Friday’s semifinals.

The winner of Iowa Western and Lewis & Clark advance from Pool A, while the San Jac-Cincy State winner captures Pool C. In the Eastern Florida-Yavapai match, the Florida squad can advance with a win or a tie, while the Arizona team advances with a win.

A tournament pass is $30. Day passes are $10 (adults), $3 (students with ID) and children under 14 get in free.

Game 5

Lewis & Clark jumped out to a two-goal lead and then held off Ranger, 3-1.

Melvin Beckett scored the first two goals (unassisted) for the Trailblazers (15-5-3), but the Rangers (8-10-1) pulled within 2-1 as Carolos Bonilla scored off an assist from Tyler Logue.

In the 80th minute, Lewis & Clark salted the game away as Didrik Rindle scored off an assist from Jake Stone.

Jack Filla had 10 saves in goal for the Trailblazers, while Raul Padilla had six saves for the Rangers.

Game 6

In the battle of Ohio and Kansas, Cincinnati State came out on top of Cloud County, 2-1.

After a scoreless first half, all three goals were scored within three minutes in the second half.

Cincy State (18-1-2) struck first as Liam Doyle had an unassisted goal for a 1-0 lead at the 66:56 mark.

But the Thunderbirds (13-12) came right back as Leonardo Catarina added an unassisted goal for a 1-1 tie at 68:25.

About a minute later, the Surge surged ahead 2-1 as Kevin Walker netted a goal.

Ryan Hall (3 saves) was in goal for Cincinnati State, while Saul Gutierrez (6 saves) was the goalkeeper for the Thunderbirds.

Game 7

Brandon Loafman scored two second-half unassisted goals to lift Eastern Florida State to a 3-1 win over Burlington County.

The two clubs were tied 1-1 at halftime.

The Barons of New Jersey (15-3-3) took a 1-0 lead as Sebastian Capozucchi scored at the 26:55 mark.

The Titans (14-1-2) tied the game at 1-1 as Keenan King scored at 43:40.

Eastern Florida GK Jorge Madera had two saves, while Burlington County’s goalkeeper had three saves.

Game 8

In the nightcap, Community College of Baltimore County-Essex stayed alive with a 1-0 victory over ASA College of New York.

The Knights are trying for their first national soccer title since 1974.

Now the Knights need the Avengers to score a win over TJC to throw the pool into a three-way tie.

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