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Men's Soccer Wins ISCC Title for First Time Ever

Chiefs complete turnaround

Waubonsee Community College’s men’s soccer team captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title for the first time ever with a comeback 2-1 victory over nationally-ranked Oakton Community College. The Chiefs handed the Raiders their first loss in conference play in the last five years, snapping Oakton’s 34-game conference winning streak and preventing them from picking up their fifth straight ISCC title.

The perennial doormat of the league since its inception in 1991, Waubonsee grabbed the title with a 6-0-1 mark in conference while the Raiders end with a 6-1 ledger. After going just 3-35 overall in head coach Brett Suhayda’s first two seasons in charge, the Chiefs went 10-12 last fall, but were still only 1-6 in conference play to finish seventh. The hard-fought victory over Oakton completed the Chiefs’ ‘second worst to first’ turnaround as they improved to 13-2-1 overall. “I’m speechless,” said Suhayda afterwards, although the big grin on his face spoke volumes.       

After an even first half of action, the teams were deadlocked in a scoreless tie. Oakton, 12-1 overall coming in and ranked 10th nationally in the latest NJCAA Division I poll, broke through in the 53rd minute as Amaldo Reyes got one past Waubonsee keeper Justin Salazar following a corner kick. The Chiefs’ defense then tightened down as Waubonsee refused to falter. “That’s the character of this team. These guys will never quit, no matter what the score,” stated Suhayda.

The Chiefs got a break when Oakton was whistled for a foul in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Waubonsee’s Juan Carlos Bustamante drilled it past Oakton keeper Daniel Niedzielski to knot the score in the 66th minute. With 15 minutes remaining in regulation, Bustamante got a shot on goal from the right side that Niedzielski initially stopped, but could not fully grasp. The Chiefs’ Alvaro Perez streaked in from the left side and smoked a shot past the Raiders’ keeper for the deciding goal. “Rebounds, that’s something we have been working on the last couple of weeks,” said a satisfied Suhayda.

Led by Erik Madrigal and Paul Butera, the Chiefs’ stifling defense clamped down even more as Oakton was unable to get off any quality shots against Salazar in the final minutes. For the game Waubonsee outshot the Raiders 16-13, the 15th time in 16 matches this season they’ve held an advantage in that category.