TJC wins 4-1, now in NJCAA Div. I Men's Soccer semifinals

Tyler Junior College defender Christoph Schneuwly clears the ball away in front of an onrushing Schoolcraft College player during action Wednesday in the mens' quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division I soccer tournament. (Courtesy Photo)

MARTINSVILLE, Virginia - Tyler Junior College continued its quest to repeat as national soccer champions with a convincing 4-1 win over Schoolcraft (Michigan) on Wednesday at Axton Smith River Soccer Complex.

The win moves the Apaches (18-3) into the semifinals of the NJCAA Division I Men's National Soccer Tournament. TJC, the No. 2 seed, will face No. 3 seed Eastern Florida State on Friday. The match is slated to begin at 6 p.m. (CST).

The other semifinal has No. 1 Louisburg (North Carolina) taking on No. 4 Pima (Arizona) at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The semifinal winners advance to the national championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Against the Ocelots of Schoolcraft, the Apaches jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead on goals from Shaun Stocker (freshman, center-midfield, Norfolk, England) and Yazeed Matthews (freshman, forward, Johannesburg, South Africa). Brahan Gamarra, a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia, assisted on both goals.

TJC made it 3-0 at the 56th minute when Stocker scored again off an assist from Ali Musse, a freshman from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Schoolcraft, located in Livonia, Michigan, got on the board when Jon Quintana scored in the 74th minute.

TJC's Gamarra topped off the scoring, netting a goal in the 81st minute.

The Ocelots end their season at 15-4-3.

Jose Santos, a sophomore from New Orleans, played the first 56 minutes as goalkeeper and did not allow a goal. Christoph Schneuwly, a freshman from Schmitten, Switzerland, took care of the final 34 minutes.


NJCAA Men's Division I

National Soccer Tournament

Axton Smith River Soccer Complex

Martinsville, Virginia

Hosted by Patrick Henry Community College

All Times CST

Monday's Matches

Game 1 - Louisburg (North Carolina) 3, Massasoit (Massachusetts) 1

Game 2 - Tyler Junior College 1, Monroe (New York) 0

Game 3 - Eastern Florida State 5, Morton (Illinois) 1

Game 4 - Hill (Texas) 3, Pima (Arizona) 2

Tuesday's Matches

Game 5 - Iowa Western 1, Massasoit (Massachusetts) 0

Game 6 - ASA (New York) 2, Schoolcraft (Michigan) 0

Game 7 - Jefferson (Missouri) 2, Morton (Illinois) 1

Game 8 - Lewis & Clark (Illinois) 2, Hill (Texas) 1

Wednesday's Matches

Game 9 - Louisburg (North Carolina) 2, Iowa Western 0

Game 10 - Tyler Junior College 4, Schoolcraft (Michigan) 1

Game 11 - Eastern Florida State 2, Jefferson (Missouri) 0

Game 12 - Pima (Arizona) 4, Lewis & Clark (Illinois) 1

Friday's Matches


Game 13 - Louisburg (North Carolina) vs. Pima (Arizona), 3:30 p.m.

Game 14 - Tyler vs. Eastern Florida State, 6 p.m.

Saturday's Matches

Game 15 - National Final, 2 p.m.


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