2018 NJCAA Soccer Championship Game
Jamaican national U20 player Tevin Rochester was 11 minutes away from being the hero for the Barton County Community College Cougars in the NJCAA Soccer Championship game in Daytona, Florida earlier today.
However, an 80th-minute equalizer and a 106th-minute clincher in the second golden goal period gave top-ranked Pima Community College a 2-1 win and the NJCAA National Championship.
After a scoreless first half, Rochester comfortably converted a penalty to give the Cougars the lead in the 63rd minute. Thereafter the Cougars controlled possession and was clearly the aggressor throughout the contest before giving up the game-tying goal.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the 3rd ranked Cougars, who were chasing their first ever NJCAA Soccer championship title, as they missed several good opportunities to score throughout the game and conceded the winner with just 3 minutes left before penalties.
The loss also ended their 17 game win streak. However, they completed the season with the program’s highest ever placing, matching the 2010 squad for most victories in program history with 21 (2 losses and 2 draws).
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Prima, who also came into the final with a 17 game win streak, won their first-ever national title and ends with a program-best 26-2 season record.
Despite the disappointment, Rochester can take comfort in being named to the NJCAA All-Tournament starting team.
The former Jamaica College standout was one of the best midfielders in the NJCAA this season, scoring 10 goals and bagging 3 assists for 23 points in 22 games (12 starts).