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SoccerSmall-400x350The Montgomery College women’s soccer team won the region and district championships to advance to the NJCAA DIII National Championship Tournament at Ocean County Community College in New Jersey. Ranked #2 in the nation headed to nationals, the team was enjoying another dream season in which they outscored opponents by more than 80 goals.

After dominating Nassau Community College in the quarterfinals, the Raptors faced #3 Erie Community College in the semifinals. Erie got on the board early with two quick goals in the first five minutes of play, but MC battled back to tie the game at 2-2. The game remained tied through regulation—and through two 10-minute overtime periods. Penalty kicks would decide which team advanced. The Raptors were outscored 4-3, ending another title run. Erie went on to lose to SUNY-Broome in the national championship game.

“This was a very impressive season for us, but we knew we had a very good team going into the season,” said second-year head coach Phil Nana. “The ladies and our coaching staff put in a lot of hard work from winter to spring to summer. We finally got to reap the benefits of that work, as our motto was ‘road to nationals.’”

The Raptors finished the season fourth in the country after a 5-3 loss to Brookhaven in the consolation match. Sophomore Nathaly Alvear finished the season leading the nation in assists with 33, twice as many as anyone else in the country.

The Raptors had a remarkable season, finishing 17-3-1. Their 103 goals scored this season were second highest in the nation.