The Lakeland Soccer team concluded their season with a convincing 5-2 victory over rival Cuyahoga Community College. The game did not start well for the Lakers as they spotted the Challengers with an early 2-0 lead. However, George Toe scored a brilliant goal with less than a minute to go in the half to make it 2-1 at the break. Early in the second half, Toe was at it again as he scored his second goal of the day unassisted. From there, the Lakers would not look back as they scored three more unanswered goals. First, Mark Champney scored a nice goal on an assist from Khadim Mbaye. Later, he would add a second goal in the 75th minute on an assist from Toe. In between Champney's tallies, Gary Wise would score a pretty goal on an assist from Yatafari Forde.
Lakeland will play host to the NJCAA region 12 Division I men's soccer tournament on 10/31-11/1. On Saturday, game times are set for noon and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game (around 2:15). On Sunday, the championship game will be played at noon on Lakers field.
The Lakeland Soccer team had a difficult weekend as they lost to both Muskegon Community College and Jackson College at home. The Lakers will finish out their season this Wednesday (10/21) as they play host to rival Cuyahoga Community College. Lakeland Community College will also host the Division I men's soccer Region 12 tournament on 10/31-11/1. The teams for this tournament are still to be determined. The semi-finals are scheduled for 12 and 2 (30 minutes after game 1) on Saturday, 10/31, with the finals be played at noon on Sunday, 11/1.
The Lakeland Soccer team has been off this past week and is getting ready to play host to Ancilla College on Saturday (10/10) and Lake Michigan on Sunday (10/11). Both games are slated for a 1pm start. In their most recent play, the Lakers travelled to Schoolcraft College to play the 15th ranked Ocelots. The Lakers battled, but eventually lost 4-1. Next week, the soccer team will travel to Owens CC on Wednesday for a 4pm game against the Express.
KIRTLAND, Ohio (July 16, 2015) – Alumni of the Lakeland Community College men's soccer program are invited to join the team and head coach Djuro Peric for the 2015 alumni game on Sunday, August 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Those interested in participating should contact Coach Peric at 440-525-7847 or 216-375-2587. He can also be reach via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni should include their t-shirt size in their response.
ELYRIA, Ohio (October 16, 2014) – Marc Champiney (Warren, Ohio) scored twice and the Lakeland men's soccer team opened the game with four unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 victory over host Lorain County on Thursday afternoon. The victory gives the Lakers their second win over the Commodores in as many tries this season and moves their overall record to 2-13-1.
Champiney opened the scoring in the seventh minute thanks to an assist from George Toe (Monrovia, Liberia / Euclid). Toe then connected with classmate John Forde (Toronto, Ontario) two minutes later to double the advantage less than ten minutes into the match.
Abou Ndiaye (Dakar, Senegal) recorded his first collegiate goal in the 25th minute on a feed from Champiney to make it 3-0 before Champiney secured the win with his second of the day in the 30th minute. Robby Vallarelli (Chardon, Ohio / Chardon) registered the assist on Lakeland's final goal of the day.
Alex DeCamillo earned his first collegiate win in net, making two saves on the day to move to 1-0-1 on the season.
Lakeland returns to action on Saturday (Oct. 18) when it takes on Muskegon on the road at 11 a.m.
KIRTLAND, Ohio (October 11, 2014) – John Forde (Toronto, Ontario) put the Lakeland men's soccer team ahead of visiting Cincinnati State midway through the second half before the visitors found a late equalizer with less than four minutes remaining in regulation to salvage a split on Saturday afternoon. After the Surge pulled level in the 87th minute the two sides went scoreless through two overtime periods and settled for a point apiece.
The draw against conference-leading Cincinnati State is the first point Lakeland has earned against the Surge since a 2-1 victory on October 18, 2008 and snaps a streak of 11 straights losses.
Freshman Alassane Diop (Cincinnati, Ohio / Lockland) set up the goal with a well-placed free kick from midfield. Classmate Danny Bumbarger (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) met the ball at the top of the box and deflected it in sync with Forde's back post run. The freshman calmly converted the opportunity to give the Lakers a deserved lead.
Lakeland was just minutes away from the upset until Mohamed Thiaw's free kick spoiled Alex DeCamillo's debut in net. With the tie, Lakeland moves to 1-13-1 on the season while Cincinnati State stalls at 11-3-1.
The Lakers return to action on Thursday (Oct. 16) when they take on Lorain County at 4 p.m.
KIRTLAND, Ohio (September 10, 2014) – Juwan Shalland-Rhodes (Toronto, Ontario) equalized in the closing minutes of the first half to pull Lakeland even with visiting Owens before the Express scored three unanswered goals in the final 45 minutes en route to a 4-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon. The Express improve to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play while the Lakers fall to 0-5, 0-1 OCCAC.
Shalland-Rhodes' first goal of the season was the second of his collegiate career and came with eight minutes remaining in the opening half. After Joseph Adby put the visitors on top in the 27th minute, freshman John Forde (Toronto, Ontario) connected with the sophomore forward to draw the Lakers level.
After a brief weather delay, Owens' seized control with a trio of goals midway through the second half. Roger Zaragoza (Las Vegas, Nev.) posted five saves in the setback.
The Lakers return to action on Saturday when they play host to Lorain County at 3 p.m. in the opening match of the 43rd Annual Lakeland Invitational on campus.
KIRTLAND, Ohio (September 7, 2014) – Visiting Jackson College broke a scoreless tie with back-to-back goals in the span of ten seconds to defeat Lakeland Community College 2-0 in non-conference men's soccer action Sunday afternoon. The Lakers fall to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in Region XII play with the loss.
Connor Flynn redirected a free kick inside the box for the game's opening goal before a quick turnover at midfield led to Sean Ross doubling the lead moments later. The Lakers were unable to find the back of the net and managed just one shot on goal in the setback. Freshman goalkeeper Roger Zaragoza (Las Vegas, Nev. / Las Vegas) recorded eight saves for Lakeland.
The Lakers return to action on Wednesday when they play host to Owens for an Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) match beginning at 4 p.m.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 30, 2014) – Sophomore Sebastian Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) has garnered an Exemplary Academic Achievement award from the NJCAA, becoming the 18th member of the Lakeland Community College men's soccer program to receive an academic distinction.
Formerly classified as Academic All-Americans, the NJCAA renamed the academic award program to recognize student-athletes' achievements in the classroom at three different levels. The three awards and their respective cumulative GPA requirements are listed below:
NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA)
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 – 3.99 GPA)
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 – 3.79 GPA)
In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have completed three full-time semesters and a minimum of 45 semester credit hours.
In addition to his accolades off the field, where he was a Dean's List student and graduated from Lakeland in just three semesters, Vieira was a First Team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) selection as a midfielder. He also garnered All-Region XII honors from the NJCAA.
For a complete list of the 2013-14 academic award winners, click here.
CHICAGO, Ill. (June 5, 2014) – Michael Maiorano is still very much attached to the game of soccer. After all, it was soccer that initially brought him from his hometown of Whitby, Ontario to Kirtland, Ohio to attend Lakeland. That decision was a fairly straight forward one for Maiorano, whose older brother Aldo was a two-year starter for the Lakers from 2008-2010. Younger brother followed in the footsteps of older brother and made the five hour journey to northeast Ohio to begin his collegiate soccer career in the fall of 2011. He gained valuable experience as a two-year starter for the Lakers and recommends that any incoming freshmen take advantage of the opportunity from the onset. "Don't waste any time coming in (as a freshman). After your first year start looking at schools. Don't wait until after your sophomore season because that's too late. Come in and try to compete for a starting spot right away."
Maiorano made good on his own advice and decided to attend Holy Cross College. Located next to the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Maiorano, along with classmate Ryongmyeong Cho, were sold on the upstart program and the vision of head coach Omar Gallo. "I chose Holy Cross because the coach had a real focus on school and having something to fall back on." said Maiorano. "But he also said there is a future in soccer if you want after you are done with college." The duo joined the Saints on the heels of the most promising season is program history, which included the team's first-ever appearance in the CCAC playoffs.
Despite a new location, new teammates, new system, and new school, Maiorano says he was prepared for the competition at the four-year level because of his experience at Lakeland. "At Lakeland, our conference was extremely tough. Transferring here was no different. We play in one of the toughest conferences in the country where only two teams get to go to nationals."
His junior season was a tremendously successful one by any standard. Maiorano played in all 21 games and made 13 starts. Holy Cross finished the year 14-7 overall (7-4 CCAC), setting the program record for wins in a season. The junior midfielder scored 40 seconds into the CCAC semifinal game against the No. 1 seed Cardinal Stritch, helping the Saints upset the Wolves 4-2 and advance to the conference championship game.
The Saints would ultimately fall in the title game to Olivet Nazarene University, finishing the season one win shy of the making the program's first NAIA National Tournament appearance. But Maiorano has lofty goals for himself and the team as he prepares for his senior season. "As an individual, my goal is to start every game and contribute to the team," he said. "As a team we are hoping to go to nationals for the first time in school history. I think we are very capable of doing that next year. We were so close to making nationals and we have a good group of players coming in and only lost four seniors."
For most college kids the summer months are spent at home with family or on vacation. Maiorano, on the other hand, will spend his offseason with the Chicago Inferno of the Premier Development League (PDL) along with two teammates. The top-level men's amateur soccer competition in the United States, the PDL features 48 teams within four conferences located throughout the United States.
"Chicago interested me the most because it was the closest to where I go to school," he said. He went for a tryout in April and received a call back shortly thereafter with an offer to join the team. Maiorano even paved the way for his older brother to join the team as well. "After I made the team, the coach mentioned a need for a center back and I thought my brother would be a great fit. He came down for a tryout at the end of April and signed shortly after."
Chicago's season runs from the beginning of May until the end of July depending on how far the team advances in the playoffs. For Maiorano, that leaves very little downtime before returning to Holy Cross on August 5. He hopes to return home for a week or two before transitioning back to Indiana for his final collegiate season.
When his career wraps up at Holy Cross, Maiorano will set his sights on the future. "Ideally, I would love to sign a professional contact," he says. "It is every kid's dream to make the pros." Scheduled to graduate in May 2015, Maiorano continues to work towards achieving the lofty individual and team goals he has set.
When he's not competing for the Inferno this summer he will have a close eye on the World Cup. There is certainly no mistaking where his allegiance lies. "I'm pulling for Italy. I'm Italian and my parents are from Italy so I want them to win and I think they are going to win," he says. What does the Italian from Canada think of the United States' chances? "They will be lucky to get out of that group."