Heartland Hawks Men's Soccer Team
10/29/14 - Freshman forward Juna Marquez was named the 2014 M-WAC Freshman of the Year, and was also an M-WAC First Team All-Conference selection. He led the Hawks with 23 goals scored, which was tied for the fourth most in all of NJCAA-Division II, and is second on most goal scored in one season in Heartland men's soccer history. Marques also collected 51 points, which was seventh in the nation, and again, was the second most in Heartland history. Additionally, Kevin Cheatham and Juan Garcia earned M-WAC Second Team All-Conference recognitions. Cheatham was second on the team and tied for 27th in the nation with 15 goals, second on the team and tied for 22nd in the nation with 40 points, and his 10 assists were tied for the team lead and were tied for 22nd most in the nation. Lastly, Juan Garcia led the Hawks in saves with 67 and had the fewest goals against on the squad with 11, which was also good for the 35th lowest total in the country. Garcia was also ninth in the nation with a .859 save percentage, and was tied for 39th with a 1.19 goals against average.
The season for the Heartland Community Collge men's soccer team came to an end on Saturday, October 26. It was earlier than what we had hoped for.
In a quarter final playoff game against Parkland Community College, which was ranked #3 in Region 24, the Hawks lost a heartbreaker with a score of 3-1, although the Hawks were the more dominant team throughout the entire game. Midway in the first half, Heartland's James Strid got the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead. Parkland equaled the score with 2 seconds left in the first half. Parkland went ahead early in the second half and never relinquished their lead although the Hawks were close to tying the game many times as shots either hit the crossbar or barely missed the goal. Parkland's superb goaltender also stopped many dangerous shots on target. Parkland made it 3-1 with a second left when the entire team including the goalkeeper were in Parkland's half trying desperately to even the score. Though the Hawks were sent home a loser, the players nevertheless can be proud of having gave Parkland a tough game to remember.
For the Hawks, the entire season was like a roller coaster. In four games against nationally ranked teams, the Hawks demonstrated picture book soccer but there were also games against easier opponents with lackluster performances. A lack of consistency was a puzzle and caused major concerns for the coaching staff. Avoidable but costly mistakes on defense, inaccurate shooting, and lack of concentration in general were only part of a frustrating season. The squad was young but that should be no excuse.
Heartland's top goal scorer was freshman Kevin Cheatham who scored 15 goals, while sophomore Gabriel Puga provided 6 assists through the season. Alex Toennies and Christian Martinez shared the goal during the season. The Hawk's record was 7-13-1.
In conclusion, though a disappointing record, the season provided a valuable experience for a very young squad which at times demonstrated exceptional soccer skill and ability to compete with top ranked teams. With key players returning and new strong recruits, the coaching staff is very excited by the prospects for 2014.
10/20/2012 - Hawks Fall in Quarter Finals
The Heartland men took to the road for the Region 24 playoff quarter final. Visiting Lewis & Clark (Godfrey, IL) the Hawks
knew only a well organized and cohesive effort would be the key to the victory, and the team delivered in spades.
Holding Lewis & Clark's feet to the fire throughout the entire game, creating opportunities and playing comprehensive
quality soccer. Heartland came quickly back, after getting behind on an unfortunate breakaway, on a wonderful goal scored by Gabriel Puga
after combining with Craig Stirling. Craig Stirling continued to produce opportunities, quickly resulting in a penalty
that Lukas Pousset could send Heartland ahead just before half time.
Kicking off the second half Heartland attempted to hang on to the ball and deny Lewis & Clark the time to attack, but an unfortunate turn-over allowed the hosts back in the game. The rest of the half and ensuing extra time was all about Heartland. Aside from two saves on set pieces, Heartland owned the ball and continued to produce opportunities. Hitting the woodwork, and earning more than 20 free kicks, the Hawks were ever so close to the victory.
When the referee blew the whistle after 120 minutes of play, penalty kicks had to decide the winner. An unfortunate crossbar hit set Hawks back, and with a second missed penalty it was up to Aaron Smith (GK) to shut out the Lewis & Clark shooters for the win. Though a match winner through the game even Aaron couldn't do it. It was not the day where Heartland had the necessary luck, and we congratulate Lewis &Clark with a place in the semi final.
10/3/2012 - Heartland Falls Short in Over Time
The Heartland men traveled to East Peoria to take on ranked Illinois Central College. The coach was asking for a compact team effort and commitment to grinding out a result. And the team responded with a wholehearted effort, pressing their opponents and proving the quality that resides in the team. After falling behind on an unfortunate shot, Nolan Rynearson gained one back assisted by Josh Quick. By halftime the Hawks had delivered an inspired performance, and the second half became another strong effort. Producing opportunities and defending well, Heartland was unfortunate not to score and get ahead. Injuries to captain Ryan Tarter and Leo Alfano made big asks from the Heartland bench, but this evening there was no lack in performance by any member of the team. Going into overtime the Hawks kept the pressure up, but a swift counter attack allowed ICC to score the winner in over time.
9/30/2012 - Hawks Host Illinois Wesleyan JV
A dreadful afternoon for the entire squad ended in shambles when the local rivals from Bloomington scored eight goals, leaving the spectators with a dismal impression of the Hawks abilities. With both Heartland goals, Josh Quick made a solid performance, a lone ranger on a day in the 2-8 finish.
9/29/2012 - Heartland Drops One To Lincoln Land CC
Heartland hosted ranked Lincoln Land for a regional showdown at the Corn Crib, but a sloppy Heartland squad did not have the strength to hold Lincoln Land over 90 minutes. Heartland’s one goal was scored by Lukas Pousset, but a flat performance of the entire team gave way for Lincoln Land to put three balls behind Dennis Anderson in the Heartland goal. It could have been more, but a masterful save of the goalkeeper shut out a penalty kick in the second half.
9/24/2012 - Hawks Defeat Greenville JV 3-1
Heartland welcomed Greenville College to the first evening game of the season, and the Hawks were ready to play. Controlling the game from start to finish Heartland possessed the ball and scored three times before Greenville could gain back one goal for a final result of 3-1. Goal scorers for Heartland were Lukas Pousset, Logan Spidle, and Chase Smith. An overall solid outing by Heartland who is looking at important region games over the next two weeks.
9/22/2012 - Heartland Ends Losing Streak with a Win Over Waubonsee
A delightful performance by the whole team gave Heartland a win against their “10-1” opponents. A collective effort was rewarded with fine goals by Justin Sands and Lukas Pousset (2). Waubonsee was able to gain one back in the ninetieth minute, but a solid performance provided Hawks with a positive experience and the proof that wins are out there.
9/16/2012 - Hawks Lose to Cobras
The Hawks played well in the first half where goalkeeper Aaron Smith took control and provided the necessary direction to help the defense close down the opposition. The teams were just about to go to halftime when Lukas Pousset found Nolan Rynearson behind the Parkland defense to give Hawks a one goal lead. After halftime Parkland’s pressure was rewarded with a goal off of a corner, and when an unfortunate handball inside the Hawks eighteen yard box caused a penalty kick the Parkland team took the lead 2-1. Heartland continued to play, but after a surprising red card issued to captain Ryan Tarter the Heartland team deflated. A bad square pass was caught by Parkland later in the game, causing a breakaway and subsequent 3-1 lead for Parkland.
9/12/2012 - Heartland Takes a Loss agains East Central
A bad day at work for the Heartland team left the young squad with nothing but anguish and a long ride home. Losing 2-0 was a disappointing outcome.
9/8/2012 - Hawks Fall to Jefferson College
A long trip to Missouri had Heartland hunting for win against ranked Jefferson College. After an evenly played first half where both teams had their opportunities, but only Jefferson were able to convert a corner kick into a goal, the teams went into the second half on 1-0 to Jefferson. Jefferson scored a second goal in the second half, and shortly after Heartland midfielder Logan Spidle received a second yellow card to be thrown out of the came. With 'clipped wings' the Hawks held up for the final 30 minutes and finished the game losing 2-0.
9/5/2012 - Heartland Wins a Conference Match-up
The seasons first home game brought Danville Area Community College to the Corn Crib and the Hawks were in the mood to play. At half time Lukas Pousset and Gabriel Puga had both added to the score and Heartland was up 2-0. The focus of the half time talk was to keep the ball and kill the game, and they did. In a second half where all available players contributed Lukas Pousset and Brennan Gunville (2) scored to make it 5-0. A late consolidation goal came Danville's way, but the Hawks were out of reach.
9/2/2012 - Hawks Nab Their First Win
Heartland's record of wins against our Bloomington neighbors continued after an even performance where a penalty from Lukas Pousset was the difference maker.
9/1/2012 - Heartland Loses Close Game
A close game where Heartland's first half performance showed real promise of talent and play to take home the win. After half time, however, the Hawks did not capitalize and Valparisio could take home the victory after a shot from 20 yards out.
8/28/12 - Hawks Tie First Regular Season Game
Heartland traveled to Carlinville and Blackburn College with hopes of picking up the years first win. Blackburn came out aggressive
and was able to dominate when Heartland invited them into the match by playing long balls. Once the Hawks were able to distribute
the ball through the outside wings, Blackburn came under greater pressure. Eventually Hawks forward Lukas Pousset
(Germany) was able to
break through and give Heartland a 1-0 lead. The lead did not last long as Blackburn was able to pick up a rebounded cross to make
After the break both teams had their chances and Heartland dominated play and possession. Freshman, Leo Alfano (Jacksonville, IL) picked up two yellow cards and was sent off with 20 minutes to go, but even with 10 men the Hawks were able to press Blackburn back. With less than four minutes on the clock Sophomore, Brennan Gunville (Chatham, IL) hit the post with a well-timed header, and the teams settled the game at 1-1.
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