The Montgomery College men's soccer team officially started their 2018-19 campaign this past Saturday August, 27 & 28, with a road trip to New York. The trip started in Syracuse, NY where the team stopped to play the No. 9 nationally ranked Onondaga Community College Lazers from Region III and pick up their first win of the season 3-0. The next day, Montgomery traveled to Stone Ridge, NY to play the Ulster County Community College Senators, MC's first Division I opponent since making the leap from DIII to DI, where the Raptors picked up a decisive victory over Ulster County 7-0.
The Raptors defense blanked both opponents over the two game road trip as freshman goalkeeper Parker Shugars made eight saves to preserve a 1.000 save percentage. Montgomery's 2017 NJCAA All- American, Youness Benmouna tallied four goals and two assists over the two-game road stent, while classmate Kenny Fuentes added a goal in each of the games. Alex Villatoro and Sahor "Pa" Keluntang each recorded a goal over the weekend while freshman Daniel Tshiani netted his first career goal and recorded two assists in Sunday's match against the Senators. Carlos Contreras found the back of the net to score his first career goal as a Raptor.
After two road matches, the Raptors return home to host the 5th Annual Tom Bichy Memorial Soccer Tournament Sept. 7-9 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD (Address: 18031 Central Park Cir, Boyds, MD 20841). The Raptors will kick off the tournament against Allegany College of MD (from Cumberland, MD) on Friday, September 7th at 4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, September 8th Mount San Antonio College (from Walnut, CA) will play the defending NJCAA DIII National Champions Genesee Community College (out of Batavi, NY) at 4:00 p.m.
On Sunday, September 9th, Prince George's Community College (from Largo, MD) will take on Genesee Community College at 12:00 p.m. followed by Montgomery College verse Mount San Antonio College at 3:00 p.m. All Montgomery College home soccer games will be held at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Field numbers will be announced a couple days prior to game day.