Oakton Men’s Soccer Wins Fourth Consecutive Conference Crown
The Oakton men’s soccer team clinched its fourth consecutive Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship with a 5-0 home victory over McHenry County College on October 11, 2011.
In conference play this season, the Raiders are undefeated (6-0) and have outscored opponents 24-3. The shutout of the McHenry Scots increased Oakton’s unbeaten streak in conference play to 27 consecutive matches, dating back to 2008. The Raiders also celebrated with conference titles in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2004, and 2003 under head coach Steve Brody.
“Winning four straight conference championships is difficult,” said Brody. “But at the beginning of the season, we set winning another conference championship as a goal. I’m pleased that we succeeded. It’s a great accomplishment, and now our ultimate goal is to go as far as we can in the postseason.”
Overall, Oakton is 14-1 for the season and ranked No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Junior College Division I National Rankings released on October 11; in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Soccer Top 20 National Poll published on October 12, the Raiders are No. 8.
The team also boasts some lofty individual achievements. Sophomore forward Prince Lapnet (Archbishop Carroll High School, Maryland) is Oakton’s single-season scoring leader. He currently has 66 points (28 goals, 10 assists) on the season, shattering the previous record of 51 points tallied by Adnan Ejupovic (Foreman) in 2004. Lapnet’s 66 points also leads NJCAA Division I in scoring. In net, freshman Daniel Niedzielski (Niles West) is one of the best goalkeepers in the nation. Niedzielski has faced 64 shots on the season and has only allowed six goals.
“Day by day everyone on the team is improving,” said Brody.