Golden Rams soccer teams fall in district championships; men’s basketball opens with split in Border Battle Shootout
Ninth-ranked Anoka-Ramsey Community College men’s soccer ended its season with a 3-0 loss to No. 3 ranked Richland College (Dallas, Texas) in the NJCAA District C championship game played Oct. 30 in Palatine, Illinois.
The Golden Rams (14-4) struggled offensively as they were shut out for only the second time of the season while Richland broke through in the 17th minute. They added two goals in the final 20 minutes of play to secure a spot in the national tournament.
ARCC came into the game averaging a 6-1 score but were outshot 7-3 with two shots on goal each from Hussein Mohamed and Javi Alcantara. Alcantara was the leading scorer this season for the Golden Rams with 32 points (11 goals) with Mohamed second on the team with 29 points (10 goals). Jordan Lake led the way with 12 assists and Cesar Cervantes shared the scoring lead of 11 goals with Alcantara.
Goalkeeper Samuel Winning posted eight shutouts and made 42 saves in 1,620 minutes in goal.
Women also reach district final
Anoka-Ramsey’s womens soccer team also reached the district championship game.
The Golden Rams hosted the District D tournament Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 but just like last season, lost on penalty kicks. This year, College of DuPage ended the Golden Rams (7-6-2) season by a 4-3 mark in the penalty kick portion of the contest after regulation and overtime ended with the match tied 3-3.
DuPage scored in the ninth minute before Michaela Donat tied it up in the 22nd minute with an assist from Erin Antonson.
DuPage pulled ahead 3-1 with goals in the 49th and 77th minutes before Anoka-Ramsey began a furious rally to even the score.
Antonson, who led the team with 36 points this season (14 goals) made it 3-2 with a goal in the 88th minute before stepping up to convert a last-minute penalty kick to force extra time.
DuPage outshot Anoka-Ramsey 27-13 with a 17-8 edge in shots on goal. Anoka-Ramsey grabbed a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks but couldn’t convert the chances.
Donat finished second on the team with 24 points (9 goals) and Samantha Boonstra third with 19 points (8 goals).
Basketball opens in Wisconsin
The ARCC mens basketball team settled for a season-opening split at the Border Battle Classic in Madison, Wisconsin Nov. 6-7.
The Golden Rams opened with an 85-83 win over Madison College Friday before a 104-97 overtime loss to Milwaukee Area Technical College Saturday.
Both games came down to the end with Friday’s being decided by an Edvonte Copeland layup with 4.6 seconds left for the final 85-83 score. Falmata Tula knocked the ball away from the Madison ball-handler before Harley Shear scooped up the loose ball to find Tyler Matsen at mid-court. Matsen fed a streaking Copeland for the inside basket.
Anoka-Ramsey went on a 15-5 run over the final 5:38 to enter halftime tied at 37.
The Saturday matinee featured 72 fouls called between the two teams as Milwaukee Tech nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer to take a 42-39 lead into halftime.
The Golden Rams struggled to find its shot in the second half before mounting a 15-8 rally over five minutes to cut the lead to 85-81 with 1:23 left. Matsen made a free throw with 37 seconds left to cut it to 85-82 and followed up with a three-pointer after a full-court press caused a turnover to tie the game at 85 with 21 seconds remaining.
Anoka-Ramsey shot 47.6 percent from the field but 30 turnovers and 20 offensive rebounds from Milwaukee created too much of a burden to overcome in the end.
Tula picked up his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Matsen added 14 points making 3-of-5 three-pointers.
The Anoka-Ramsey womens basketball team also split its Border Battle Classic contests.
The Golden Rams opened with a 70-59 loss to Madison College Friday before rallying for a 73-69 win over Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Against Madison, the Golden Rams led 12-6 at the start and made it 20-13 after the opening quarter. That lead shrunk to finish the opening half up 31-29.
Lexus Hughes scored 11 points in the third quarter to spur Anoka-Ramsey to a 48-44 lead after the third quarter. Madison went on a 26-11 run to finish the contest strong while Anoka-Ramsey shot just 3-of-17 from the field. Rashonna Thomas had a game-high 21 points and five assists.
Thomas made 6 three-pointers and had 21 points to spark the Golden Rams to a 73-69 win over Milwaukee Tech on Saturday.
Down 41-35 in the third quarter, the Golden Rams went on a 16-4 run to lead 51-44 and closed out the quarter with a 61-54 lead.
Daron Mainville made two free throws to secure the win with five seconds left. She finished with 16 points and six rebounds off the bench. Laya Sath added 15 points as the Golden Rams shot 30.4 percent from the field.