Dominant men’s soccer program guides Golden Rams fall sports

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Anoka Ramsey fall sports kick into high gear, ready for final push to the end of the season

Anoka Ramsey Community College men’s soccer is off to a 8-2 start so far this season after a 9-1 win over College of St. Scholastica JV Sunday in Coon Rapids. The Golden Rams are 3-0 in Minnesota College Athletic Conference play, dominating play in wins over Riverland Community College, Lake Superior College and Centry College by a collective 25-1 score.

ARCC opened the season with a 2-1 loss to Century College and a 1-0 loss to University of St. Thomas JV to begin the season Sept. 2 and 12, respectively.

Josiah Donat had a hat trick in Anoka Ramseys 9-1 win over St. Scholastica JV Sunday. Photo courtesy of Anoka Ramsey Community College
Josiah Donat had a hat trick in Anoka Ramseys 9-1 win over St. Scholastica JV Sunday. Photo courtesy of Anoka Ramsey Community College

ARCC is averaging nearly 30 shots on goal and a razor-thin 0.71 goals against in the conference matches.

ARCC freshman goalkeeper Sam Winning (Dundee, Scotland) has made 19 saves in seven games to win his second consecutive MCAC Goalkeeper of the Week honor in as many weeks. The weekly field player honor went to freshman Cesar Cervantes (Melrose) who had multiple goal games in wins over Dakota County and Lake Superior to boost his season total to 5 goals and 1 assist (11 points). Week One field player honors went to freshman teammate Javier Akantara (St. Paul) who had 5 assists and 1 goal in an 11-1 win over Riverland. He also had a goal in a 7-0 win over Bismark State.

Riverland’s Joao Pedro Suarti leads the league with 6 goals in 7 games. Three ARCC players each have 5 goals including Saleh Mohammed, Cervantes and Matthew Jones. Jordan Lake and Adrian Lopez each have 4 goals. Lake leads the league in points with 16 and shares the assists lead with teammate Javier Alcantara with 8.

Alcantara leads the team with 20 points and is 2-for-2 on penalty kicks. Sophomore teammate Hussein Mohamed leads the team with 28 shots and 14 shots on goal.

Womens Soccer adds third win
ARCC womens soccer turned its season around with three consecutive wins after an 0-5-1 start.

The Golden Rams ended September with a pair of 5-0 wins over Lake Superior College (Sept. 27) and Century College (Sept. 29) before a 2-1 win over College of St. Scholastica JV Oct. 4. ARCC scored twice in the final 20 minutes of the game on goals from Cynthia De Leon (penalty kick) and the game winner in the 85th minute from Alexandra Jenkins with the assist going to Erin Antonson.

Freshman middle hitter Danielle Bush (Coon Rapids) is hitting at a .208 percentage with 65 kills for the 3-19 Golden Rams.Photo courtesy of Anoka Ramsey Community College
Freshman middle hitter Danielle Bush (Coon Rapids) is hitting at a .208 percentage with 65 kills for the 3-19 Golden Rams.Photo courtesy of Anoka Ramsey Community College

Antonson leads the team with 12 points (4 goals) and 21 shots, 15 on goal. Katy Ostlund is second on the scoring list with 10 points (4 goals) with 10 of 16 shots on target.

Freshman goalkeeper Sophia Bitzan has made 66 saves in 848 minutes for a 2.44 goals against average and a .742 saves percentage.

Volleyball snaps skid
Anoka Ramsey defeated Minnesota West Community and Technical College in five sets 3-2 for its second MCAC victory of the season to improve to 3-20 overall, 2-8 in conference play.

The Golden Rams won the opening sets 25-19 and 25-21 but struggled to close out the match losing 25-18 and 25-13 to force the final set which they won 15-11. Ashley Wells guided the Golden Rams to the road win with 18 kills and Tatiana Smith had 9 kills with 5 aces and 9 digs. Savannah Foley and Katelyn Wicks each had 10 digs. Wells, a freshman hitter from St. Francis, leads the team with 148 kills in 69 sets.

Freshman hitter Ashley Mokamba from Blaine is second on the team with 105 kills in 73 sets. Kellie Evans, a freshman setter from Big Lake has 542 set assists in 73 sets and freshman middle hitter Jasmine Burbank has 24 blocks and 48 kills.

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