Cougars Slide Their Way Into Region XX D1 Championship Game

Cougars Slide Their Way Into Region XX D1 Championship Game

By: Gary Demski, Assistant Director of Athletics & Sports Information

DUNDALK, Md.- The Frederick Community College Cougars squared off against the Fighting Owls from Harford Community College in the semifinals of the Region XX Division 1 Tourney. FCC had revenge on their minds as the Fighting Owls tripped up the Cougars 2-0 during the regular season. FCC would deliver when it mattered most defeating the Fighting Owls by the score of 1-0 and will play for the Region XX Division 1 Tournament Championship on Saturday (10/28). The ball is scheduled to drop at noon. The Cougars will play the Knights from CCBC Essex.

Wow! What an ending to this game. As the old saying goes, a game isn't over until the final horn sounds. That horn couldn't sound quick enough for the Cougars. Clinging to a 1-0 lead with the clock winding down to zero in regulation play, the Fighting Owls struck from midfield and the ball took an unfriendly hop over FCC goalie Marco De Lauri and was heading for the back of net. With just one tick left on the clock, FCC defender Lovet Cheg slid in front of the goal and knocked the ball away before it trickled into the goal for what would have been the tying goal. Cheg was at a loss for words as the game ended. He said, "It was an amazing game. We had our chances, and we executed the game plan well, and fought to the end."

FCC's Elmer Ochoa scored the lone goal of the contest as he continues to be an offensive force for the Cougars. Ochoa broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the second half in the 56th minute. "We had another opportunity to take the program to another Region XX Final and we did everything possible to in order to make that happen," said Ochoa. "Now we focus on our next match."

FCC second year Head Coach John LaRocca has his squad peaking at the right time. Coach LaRocca continues to get the best out of his team when it matters most. "The guys fought their hearts, and I am so proud of their progression as a team," said LaRocca. "We are excited to compete for a championship and I can't wait until Saturday!"

With the victory, FCC improves to 11-6 overall and now have won four straight games.

FCC Men's Soccer By The Numbers
Overall 11-6
Pct. .647
Conf. 7-5
Pct. .583
Streak Won 4
Home 5-3
Away 5-3
Neutral 1-0