Hawks' soccer players earn postseason honors

by jamesc  11/11/2015 10:09:57 AM -- 

NORFOLK – Four members of the Northeast Community College soccer team have been recognized by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) for their performance during the past season.

Players who demonstrated excellence on the field this season received All-Region honors that were voted by all eight men’s coaches within the ICCAC. Sophomore Geremy Dable of Northeast was among 16 players named to the First Team

Dable, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, scored eight goals and two assists. He scored in four straight games from October 12-20, including contests at Central Community College, Iowa Western, Iowa Lakes and North Iowa Area Community College.

“Geremy is a very determined player,” said Chad Miller, Hawks coach. “He has great speed and great ball skills, which makes him very difficult to defend. He makes an impact every time he steps on the field and has the confidence to change the game. Off the field, he is a ‘stand-up’ guy and student.”

Sophomore Mario Cortez, Norfolk, was named to ICCAC’s Second Team – All Region. Cortez scored nine goals and had two assists for the Hawks this season.

Miller said Cortez is a quiet player vocally, but makes a lot of noise with his play. “He has incredible vision, incredible accuracy, and became a center point on the field for our team. Mario was often double and triple teamed when he received the ball, but still managed to escape and make things happen.”

Earning Honorable Mention - All-Region recognition were Sophomore Saul Magana, Norfolk, and Freshman Juan Alvarado, Schuyler.

Magana had five assists. “Saul has the work ethic that you want every player to have. He has one speed and that is ‘full speed,’” Miller said. “It doesn’t matter if it is an easy practice or the biggest game of the year; he plays all out from start to finish. Saul has great vision, which is why he is our assist leader. He combines that with good speed and ball skill. He plays for the love of the game.”

Alvarado recorded three goals and four assists for Northeast this year. 

Miller said Alvarado has great speed and good vision on the field.

“He is a down-hill player and once he gets going, he is hard to catch. Juan played behind some very good forwards and when he came on, and with his play, we wouldn’t lose a beat. Defenses struggled defending him once he received the ball which made him dangerous around the goal.”

Miller praised his players for their efforts on and off the field during the program’s inaugural season at Northeast.

“I am very proud of these men. Coming out the first year and playing some of the best competition, they made their mark and set the bar for the next team. I am honored to have had the opportunity to coach them.”

 

 

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PHOTO IDs – Geremy Dable, Mario Cortez, Saul Magana, Juan Alvarado.

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