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Team Highlights

Team Highlights

 

Men’s Soccer Reloads, Ready to Defend ISCC Title
(June 2015) Oakton Community College men’s soccer team, the defending Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) champions, hit “blackjack” by recruiting 21 players committed for the 2015 season.

One of the “aces” of that class is Francisco Arellano, a standout defender from Wheeling High School. As a senior, Arellano was team captain for the Wildcats and tallied 14 points (six goals, two assists). He helped anchor a defense that posted eight shutouts in 2014 for the Mid-Suburban East League title winners and also garnered numerous postseason soccer awards in his final season for the Wildcats. Arellano, the Mid-Suburban League East Player of the Year, was also named to the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team, Mid-Suburban League All-Conference Team, and Daily Herald Northwest All-Area Team.

Another stellar recruit includes forward Tony Mosqueda (Leland High School, Michigan). A three-year starter at Leland, Mosqueda led the Comets to a 20-4-1 record in 2014.

Other incoming players include goalkeepers Erik Sanetra (Maine South) and Luis Sedano (Steinmetz College Prep); defender Sebastian Bielecki (Maine South); and midfielders Daniel Silva (Maine West), Charlie Tolayo (Foreman High School), Maksym Andronenkov (Maine South), Armin Ogorinac (Mather High School), Aiden Donaldson (Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, Ontario), and Zohaib Khaliq (St. Roch Secondary School, Brambton, Ontario).

“We’ve been fortunate to put together what is top to bottom the strongest recruiting class we’ve ever had,” said Steve Brody, Oakton men’s head coach, who enters his 16th year at the helm of the College team. “These players bring a skill level and athleticism that makes each one a potential starter.”

Brody’s team opens the season at home against Malcolm X College on Sunday, August 23.

 

Oakton Men’s Soccer Player Named to Scholar All-American Team
(January 2015) Sophomore defender Pooya Shams, a Morton Grove resident, recently was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Men’s Junior College Division Scholar All-America Team.

The NSCAA recognized select collegiate student-athletes as 2014 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. Shams is the only member from Oakton’s league, the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC), to be named as an NSCAA Scholar All-American. The Deerfield High School graduate will be honored Saturday, January 17 at an All-American luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2015 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.

To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his career, start more than 50 percent of all games while being a significant contributor to his team, and be nominated by an institution in the NSCAA.

A liberal arts major, Shams boasts a 3.76 GPA. This past season, he anchored a defense that allowed just 20 goals and helped lead Oakton to the ISCC title and an overall record of 13-2-1.

The NSCAA All-American award caps numerous accolades the defenseman has received this past season as he also was chosen for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I All-American Third Team. In addition, Shams was both an NJCAA Region IV First Team All-Region and ISCC First Team All-Conference selection.

Established in 1941 and located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NSCAA is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence, and serve the soccer community.

 

Men’s Soccer Captures Skyway Conference Crown
(October 24, 2014)
Oakton Community College Men’s Soccer Coach Steve Brody, a Skokie resident, knows a thing or two about winning as he has guided his teams to the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) seven times in the past 12 years.

The 2014 squad remained impressive going 7-0 in conference play while outscoring league opponents 23-9. The ISCC also rewarded Brody by naming him Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year. Under Brody, Oakton has also claimed the ISCC crown in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

“Winning Coach of the Year is a nice honor,” said Brody, whose team finished with a regular season record of 12-1-1. “But I’m not the one who played in the games. I didn’t score one goal or stop one shot. As a team, we’re happy to win the Conference, but we’re aiming for bigger things – winning the regional and district titles and then advancing to the national finals. I told my players to celebrate for 10 minutes and then get back to business.”

Getting back to business involves hosting Waubonsee Community College (8-8-1) at noon on Saturday, October 25 in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Collegiate Conference (NJCAA) Region IV Division I Tournament.

“There are no easy games in the postseason,” said Brody. “We have to turn it up a notch in the postseason and not relax on our past accomplishments.”

Numerous Oakton players earned recognition from the NJCAA and ISCC this season.

NJCAA Region IV First Team All-Region players include:

  • Franco Alcocer, sophomore midfielder (Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy)
  • Nelson Herrera, freshman forward (Maine West)
  • Pooya Shams, sophomore defender (Deerfield)

NJCAA Region IV Second Team All-Region players include:

  • Ramon Contreras, freshman defender (Maine West)
  • Eden Crespo, sophomore midfielder (Lake View)
  • Alex Herrera, freshman forward (Maine West)

Skyway Conference First Team All-Conference selections include:

  • Franco Alcocer, sophomore midfielder (Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy)
  • Ramon Contreras, freshman defender (Maine West)
  • Jonathan Hernandez, sophomore midfielder (Chicago Academy)
  • Alex Herrera, freshman forward (Maine West)
  • Nelson Herrera, freshman forward (Maine West)
  • Pooya Shams, sophomore defender (Deerfield)

Skyway Conference Second Team All-Conference selections include:

  • Pavao Alebic, freshman defender (Mount Carmel)
  • Matthew Cabrales, freshman goalkeeper (Proviso West)
  • Eden Crespo, sophomore midfielder (Lake View)
  • Joshua DeLeon, sophomore defender (Maine West)
  • Abrahram Friedman, freshman forward (Jakarta International School, Indonesia)
  • David Villegas, freshman midfielder (Foreman)

 

Wearing the Conference Crown
(October 2014) With its 4-1 victory over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponent Moraine Valley on October 7, Oakton clinched at least a share of the Skyway Conference title. The team concludes conference play on October 14, when it hosts Prairie State. Freshman forward Alex Herrera (Maine West) leads Oakton with 24 points (10 goals, 4 assists).

In the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Men’s National Poll released on October 7, Oakton climbs one spot to No. 8. In the latest NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Top 20 National Poll, the team ranks No. 9.

 


 


 


 


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As a student, Jake Harris cofounded Students for Social Justice and lobbied to bring fair trade coffee to Oakton’s cafeterias.

Coaches

Steve Brody
Head Coach

Dave Adkisson
Assistant Head Coach

Adnan Ejupovic
Assistant Coach

Alan Chalem
Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach

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Bruce Oates

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Mick Reuter

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Lisa Bolinder

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Taylor Wright