Jayhawks Will Have International Flavor

Anderson Looks For Talent Overseas To Compete In Region 3

Jamestown Community College’s men’s soccer team will open its season Saturday against Mohawk Valley CC. Submitted photo

The Jamestown Community College men’s soccer team will begin its NJCAA Region 3 Division III campaign Saturday afternoon.

The Jayhawks will host Mohawk Valley Community College at 1 p.m. after notching a 4-2 scrimmage victory over the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Tuesday.

Jamestown CC will be hoping to shake the injury bug that plagued the program at the start of last season, while welcoming a new batch of international students onto the pitch as well.

“We started out being very injured last year, and just struggling to get bodies to play,” head coach Pat Anderson said Wednesday night. “We lost seven of our first eight I think. Once we got some people healthy we started to play some good soccer.”

Anderson’s team would push its record to near .500 through the final half of the season after finding some consistency with its injury-depleted roster.

“Given the fact that we had to struggle through the first half of the season I think we did all right,” Anderson said. “We showed that we were able to play the game at a relatively good level when we did get our players out there.”

As is the case in most years, Anderson is dealing with a high turnover rate, returning just four players from last year’s roster.

The good news on that front is that due to some adjustments in academic policy, Anderson has a large crop of international students to fill those roster holes, with new players hailing from New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

“We lost pretty much all of our guys. We’re starting over,” Anderson said. “We’re going to be a little more international than we’ve ever been with 12 international players, due to some of the changes in how the college is offering scholarship aid to international students.”

Frewsburg Central School graduate Nick Mole will be one of the handful of returnees from a season ago. Mole and Jakob Moore of Wellington, New Zealand will offer Anderson a pair of options between the pipes as the season moves along.

“Our assistant coach Eric Priester is working with both of our goaltenders and they are very close right now. It’s a good problem to have,” Anderson said.

The core of the Jayhawks offensive attack will also be heavily laden with international talent, as Nimish Grounder, Alex Beuke and Felipe Diaz are likely to see significant minutes in scoring roles.

The Jayhawks will have the benefit of hosting Cayuga Community College on Sept. 1 and Onondaga CC on Sept. 9 before having to play any games on the road.

“There are teams that are traditionally stronger. Genesee will always be a challenge,” Anderson said. “They are the defending national champions They present a great challenge for us every year. Onondaga has been a strong program the last few years, so we start out playing schools that will be near the top of the region at the end of the season.”

Saturday, Aug. 25 vs. Mohawk Valley CC 1 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 1 vs. Cayuga CC 2 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 9 vs. Onondaga CC 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Mercyhurst North East 5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16 vs. SUNY Adirondack 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19 vs. Finger Lakes CC at Canandaigua Academy 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22 at Corning CC 2 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23 at Lorain County CC 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Monroe CC 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29 at Tompkins Cortland CC 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30 vs. North Country CC 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 vs. Genesee CC 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6 at Fulton-Montgomery CC 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10 vs. Erie CC 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. SUNY Broome CC 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14 at Jefferson CC 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 vs. Niagara County CC 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21 vs. Roberts Wesleyan 3 p.m.