NOC soccer kicks off FridayMarch 31, 2021 | Sports
TONKAWA — Northern Oklahoma College soccer begins Friday and Saturday with both teams on the road.
The women’s season kicks off Friday at Redlands Community College while the men are at Pratt Community College on Saturday.
The Mavs return nine players from last year’s team led by All Conference midfielder Sofie Joergensen and forward Skylar Yocham. Janet Moreno is another returning starter for the Mavs. Incoming players that are set to make an impact according to coach Michael Duroy are Rachael Chatterji, Marissa Neil, Milica Bulatovic, Nicole Anderson, and Jaime Rowlands. “We don’t have much depth this spring, but almost every team in our conference has the same issue,” DuRoy said. “So, what is normally “coach speak” of having to stay healthy is in this case reality. The strength of our team is our central players so that is good news. I’m really proud of how the girls have handled all the adversity that they have dealt with this school year and I’m excited to see them finally get to play.”
The Maverick are a deep team with 14 returning players.
Forward George Robinson, who was the conference player of the year as freshman, leads the group. Jesus Aleman and Jeff Rhea have both returned for their sophomore seasons after taking some time off after their freshmen years. Aleman was All Conference and Rhea was a starter at centerback for one of the Mavs best teams.
Kareem Williams, Gio Herrera, and Brooks Rogers are all returning starters as well. Eventz Malaska, Rahmon Oduborisa, and Ivan Delgadillo all have started at least one game.
DuRoy said incoming players to watch include; Damorney Hutchinson, Marcovich Brown, Spencer Braswell, and Nathan Asiedu. “This is an interesting team because we have a good mixture of experience and new guys,” DuRoy said. “I thought Gio (Herrera) and Brooks (Rogers) were the strength of our team last year, and it’s great having them back, but this year we have some players that should create a lot of goal scoring chances.”
“Jesus Aleman returning is huge because he is a dynamic player that plays extremely hard,” said DuRoy. “Damorney Hutchinson has electric pace and is strong. If he can become more consistent in a few areas of his game he has a chance to be a special player. The best teams can always score goals. It remains to be seen if we can do that against good competition, but I’m excited about the potential of this team.” The soccer season is normally played in the fall but was rescheduled for spring due to COVID-19. The Mavs and Lady Mavs open at home Wednesday, April 7, against Eastern at 2 p.m.