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Team Highlights

Team Highlights

 

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.

 

Cream of the Conference
(October 2014) This season, Oakton has outscored Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponents 18 -7. In the most recent Illinois Skyway clash on September 30, Oakton cruised past host Elgin Community College 6-1.

In the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Men’s National Poll released on September 30, Oakton jumps four spots and comes in at No. 8. In the latest NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Top 20 National Poll, Oakton ranks No. 11.

 

Climbing the Charts
(September 2014) In the latest NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Top 20 National Poll released on September 23, Oakton climbed two spots to No. 10. Also, Oakton is ranked No. 12 in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Men’s National Poll. Freshman goalkeeper Matthew Cabrales (Proviso West) boasts an .862 save percentage, which ranks No. 16 in NJCCA Division I.

On September 23, Oakton posted a nail-biting 4-3 home win over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponent Morton College in double overtime. Oakton looks to remain unbeaten when it hosts South Suburban College at noon on Friday, September 26.

 

Rising up the Charts
(September 2014) In the latest NJCAA Division I Men's Soccer Top 20 National Poll released on September 16, Oakton climbed two spots to No. 12. Also, Oakton is ranked No. 16 in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Men’s National Poll. Freshman forward Nelson Herrera (Maine West) leads the team with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists).

Oakton looks to remain unbeaten on Tuesday, September 23, when it hosts Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponent Morton College at 4 p.m.

 

Going National
(September 2014) The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranks Oakton No. 14 in its Division I Men’s Soccer Top 20 National Poll released on September 9.

Also on September 9, Oakton defeated Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponent Waubonsee Community College 3-2 in overtime. Freshman forward Nelson Herrera (Maine West) netted two goals in the victory, including the game winner. Oakton is back in action on Friday, September 12, at 4 p.m., in a home match against East Central College.

 

Off to a Good Start
(September 2014)  Oakton kicked off Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) play on September 4 with a 2-1 home victory over College of Lake County. In the win, sophomore center Jonathan Hernandez (Chicago Academy) scored both goals. Hernandez leads Oakton with seven points (three goals, one assist). Oakton is back in ISCC action on September 9, when it goes on the road to take on Waubonsee Community College.

 


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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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847.635.1753
Director: Bruce Oates
Department Assistant: Mick Reuter
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