Region IV Playoffs (Semi-Finals)
Top-seeded Chiefs advance to Region IV title match behind Rodriguez' 'hat trick' as Waubonsee wins 18th straight
Opponent: #5 Moraine Valley Community College (11-4-1)
3 - 1 (W)
Waubonsee Community College’s Men’s Soccer team continues to find a way to stay in the win column. On a rainy, cold afternoon the top-seeded Chiefs were able to slide past fifth-seeded Moraine Valley Community College 3-1 to advance to this Saturday’s Region IV Division I title match. Freshman Mario Rodriguez accounted for all of Waubonsee’s scoring as he recorded his third ‘hat trick’ of the season to propel the Chiefs’ to their 18th straight victory.
Waubonsee (18-0-1) will host sixth-seeded South Suburban College (10-9), who upset second-seeded Morton College 1-0 in the other semi-final match. The Chiefs and Bulldogs will square off in Sugar Grove this Saturday, October 29 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Region IV champion is set to host the winner of Region XI or Region XIII in the Great Lakes District title match on November 5. The District champion will advance to the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament in Tyler, Texas beginning November 14 at the Pat Hartley Soccer Complex.
Waubonsee extended its’ school-record winning streak behind a big offensive splash by Rodriguez. The freshman scored midway through the first half with an assist from Cristian Vences to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead on the Cyclones (11-5-1). The Streamwood High School product then tallied his second goal of the day with an assist from Ruben Moran just five minutes into the second half. Rodriguez completed the ‘hat trick’ at 72:16 of the second half, booking his 20th goal of the season off an assist from Daniel Carbajal to give Waubonsee a commanding 3-0 lead. The Cyclones responded two minutes later as Elias Leyva netted an unassisted goal to avoid the shutout.
Each team had prime scoring opportunities in the last 15 minutes of regulation, but could not convert. For the game Waubonsee out shot Moraine Valley 11-5. Chiefs’ keeper Paulino Mansera was credited with four saves on the way to notching his sixth win of the season in goal.