Cincinnati State Men's Soccer
Javier Wallace Commits to Tiffin
Feb. 11, 2016
Cincinnati State men's soccer player Javier Meneses-Wallace has committed to NCAA Division II program Tiffin University.
According to Cincinnati State men’s soccer Head Coach Mike Combs, Javier has just accepted a great scholarship opportunity at Tiffin where he will continue his education and play college soccer.
Tiffin competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with the following Division II programs: Northwood, Saginaw Valley, Ohio Dominican, Findlay, Lake Erie, Malone, and Walsh. This past fall season, Tiffin finished 9-7-3 overall and 7-6-1 in the GLIAC which earned them a high seed in the GLIAC tournament.
Javier graduated from Groveport Madison High School (Columbus, OH) in 2014 and played club soccer for the Columbus Crew Academy.
At Cincinnati State he was the starting center midfielder for the past two seasons, and was named a team captain for the 2015 fall season. As the starting center midfielder, he helped our program win back-to-back Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015 with an overall record of 27-9-4. In Javier's two seasons at Cincinnati State, the Surge soccer program qualified for the NJCAA Division I Regional Tournament both years and finished in the Top 25 in both national polls (NJCAA/NSCAA).
This past season, Javier was awarded 1st team OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference), 1st team OCSA (Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association), and 2nd Team NJCAA Region 12.
Javier has made the Dean's list by earning over a 3.5 GPA during two semesters out of the three that he's been at Cincinnati State. This past fall semester, he earned well over a 3.0 GPA.
After the spring semester, Javier will graduate and earn his Associate Degree from Cincinnati State.
Surge Soccer Shines on Signing Day
Feb. 4, 2016
This week’s college sports letter-of-intent signing day served as a reminder that the tradition lives on strong as more Surge men soccer players have made their commitments to play college soccer at the University of Louisville and Ohio Dominican University. The Cincinnati State contingent includes:
- · Mohamed Thiaw – Louisville (Bryan State H.S., Lexington, Ky.)
- · Kory Hammann - Ohio Dominican (Elder H.S.)
- · Noah Kiser - Ohio Dominican (Princeton H.S.)
These young men (Kiser is at left in the photo above, Hammann center, Thiaw to the viewer's right) played a huge part as our program won its 11th OCCAC Championship in the past 13 seasons, Combs said, and they helped keep our streak alive by being nationally ranked in the top 25 for 13 straight seasons in both national polls (NJCAA & NSCAA).
Most importantly, each of them will graduate at the end of the current semester.
Surge Soccer Bling
Feb. 3, 2016
2015 OCCAC hardware arrived recently and in the photo is Javier Meneses Wallace and Logan Bartsch showcasing the OCCAC Championship plaque and Mohamed Thiaw who received OCCAC Player of the Year.
This past season was successful due to the leadership of eight second-year players: Hall Banks, Josh Enginger, Kory Hammann, Jose Corona, Javier Wallace, Logan Bartsch, Noah Kiser, and Mohamed Thiaw.
Most importantly...all eight sophomores will graduate at the end of this spring semester. As a group, their accumulative GPA is well over 3.0.
Kory Hammann Signs with Ohio Dominican
Jan. 29, 2016
Kory Hammann, a central midfielder for the Cincinnati State men’s soccer team, has committed to continue his athletic and academic careers at Ohio Dominican University.
Ohio Dominican is an NCAA Division II program. It competes in the (GLIAC) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with the following Division II programs: Northwood, Saginaw Valley, Tiffin, Findlay, Lake Erie, Malone, and Walsh.
Kory graduated from Elder HS in 2014 and played club soccer for TFA.
At Cincinnati State he was a central midfielder for the team’s 2014 and 2015 Ohio Community College Athletic Association championship seasons. In Kory's two seasons at Cincinnati State, the Surge soccer program qualified for the NJCAA Division I Regional Tournament both years. During both seasons, the Surge finished in the Top 25 in both national polls (NJCAA/NSCAA) with an overall record of 27-9-4.
This past fall semester, Kory earned a GPA of more than 3.5 and won Dean's List honors on multiple occasions. He is on schedule to graduate from Cincinnati State at the end of this semester, then transfer to Ohio Dominican
Omar Cummings is Coming Home
Jan. 22, 2016
Former Cincinnati State men’s soccer standout Omar Cummings is returning to Cincinnati. The MLS veteran has signed a contract to join the new FC Cincinnati pro soccer team.
Cummings, a native of Jamaica, earned All-America honors in both seasons with the Surge (2003, 2004), scoring 39 goals in 38 games. He went on to earn All-Big East honors at the University of Cincinnati, and at the conclusion of his college career, was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
Cummings played for Colorado (2007-12), the Houston Dynamo (2013-14) and the San Antonio Scorpions (2015). He also accumulated international experience as a member of the Jamaican national team (2008-12) that won the Digicel Caribbean Cup in 2010.
FC Cincinnati is owned by Cincinnati businessman and philanthropist Carl Linder III. The team will play in the Eastern Division of the 26-team United Soccer League (USL). Matches will be played at Nippert Stadium.
Former Surge All-American Doyle Drafted in MLS
Jan. 20, 2016
Liam Doyle, who earned All-America honors at Cincinnati State and recently completed his college soccer career at Ohio State, has been drafted by the DC United in the MLS SuperDraft. Doyle will report to the team's preseason camp on Friday.
Doyle earned NJCAA All-American and Academic All-America honors as a sophomore at Cincinnati State in 2013. He helped the Surge reach the NJCAA National Championships in both of his seasons here.
Doyle is the third Cincinnati State product to be drafted by the MLS. Previous draftees are Omar Cummings, Ashton Bennett and Eddie Hertsenburg.
Two Surge Make College Commitments
Dec. 21, 2015
Two Cincinnati State sophomores, Mohamed Thiaw and Noah Kiser, have made commitments to continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year colleges.
Thiaw has accepted the offer of a full scholarship at the University of Louisville. The sophomore, from Lexington, Ky., made a commitment to the Cardinals soccer coaching staff. He will sign a national letter of intent in February.
At Louisville, Thiaw will have the opportunity to play at college soccer’s highest level. Louisville is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which has had teams win three of the last four NCAA national titles.
Thiaw, who recently was named first team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, was the Surge leading scorer and during the middle of the season led the NJCAA in goals and points scored. He finished sixth nationally in goals (25) and ninth in points (61) despite missing the final five matches due to injury.
Thiaw also earned Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors and was a first team all-region selection by both the NJCAA and the NSCAA.
Academically, Thiaw completed the Fall semester with a 3.60 GPA, making him a Dean's List candidate.
Kiser has committed to Ohio Dominican University. A Princeton High graduate and native Cincinnatian. Kiser was the Surge's starter at outside back for the past two seasons, helping the school to back-to-back Ohio Community College Athletic Conference titles. He earned second team All-OCCAC and All-Ohio honors in 2015.
Kiser is completing his associates degree at Cincinnati State.
Thiaw Named First Team All-America
Dec. 10, 2015
Cincinnati State sophomore Mohamed Thiaw has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of American community college All-America first team.
Thiaw becomes the college’s 12th men’s soccer All-America selection and only the second to earn the honors in successive seasons. Thiaw was named to the NSCAA All-America second team in 2014.
Thiaw, a sophomore from Lexington, Ky., was the Surge leading scorer and during the middle of the season led the NJCAA in goals and points scored. He finished sixth nationally in goals (25) and ninth in points (61) despite missing the final five matches due to injury.
This season, Thiaw was the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and earned first team all-region honors by both the NJCAA and the NSCAA.
More Honors for Surge
Nov. 4, 2015
Honors continue to come to Cincinnati State's Mohamed Thiaw. The Surge sophomore was selected to the NJCAA Region XII all-region first team.
Thiaw, from Lexington, Ky., is ranked fifth nationally in goal scored (25) and seventh in points (61). He was leading the nation in both categories before sideline by injury for the final two weeks of the season.
Four Surge earned second team all-region honors:
• Hall Banks, a sophomore outside back from Lakota West High.
• Logan Bartsch, a sophomore center back from Milford High.
• Javier Wallace, a sophomore midfielder from Columbus (O.) Groveport Madison High.
• Jake Mutlu, a freshman goal keeper from Lakota West High. Mutlu recirded eight shutouts in the Surge's 13-4-3 season.
Thiaw Player of the Year, Combs Coach of the Year
Nov. 3, 2015
Cincinnati State sophomore Mohamed Thiaw has been selected Offensive Player of the Year and Mike Combs was named Coach of the Year by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.
Thiaw, who ranks among the nation's top five in scoring despite missing the last two week of the season due to injury, was joined on the All-OCCAC first team by freshman goal keeper Jake Mutlu, sophomore outside back Hall Banks, sophomore center back Logan Bartsch and sophomore midfielder Javier Wallace.
Earning All-OCCAC second team honors were outside back Noah Kiser and forward Jose Carona, both sophomores.
Surge End Season on 1-0 Loss in Semifinals
Nov. 1, 2015
John Quintana's goal late in the second half lifted No. 10 Schoolcraft to a 1-0 win over Cincinnati State in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII men's soccer tournament on Saturday.
The goal was scored off a direct kick that glanced off the upright and slipped into the net with four minutes remaining in the contest. The Surge had no time to recover.
Cincinnati State outplayed Schoolcraft throughout the match. The Surge had 14 shots and nine shots on goal to the Ocelots seven shots, five on goal. The winning goal was scored off a free kick.
"We put a lot of pressure on Schoolcraft but we just couldn't score," stated Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs. "I am very proud of the way our team performed...today and all season."
The Surge were again without the services of Mohamed Thiaw, who was the nation's leader in goals and points when sidelined by injury two weeks ago.
Cincinnati State closed the season at 13-4-3.
Surge Make Final Tune-up for Postseason
Oct. 27, 2015
The Surge men's soccer team prepped for the postseason with a comeback tie and a one-sided win over the weekend.
Reid Abney led a second half comeback as No. 20 Cincinnati State tied No. 14 Ancilla, 3-3, on Saturday.
Seven different players scored goals and eight recorded assists as the Surge blasted UC Clermont, 9-0 on Sunday. Cincinnati State ended regular season play with a 12-3-3 record and will host Muskegon on Wednesday in the first round of the regional tournament.
Saturday's match was the opportunity to wind up region play with a good showing against a ranked team. After a slow start, the Surge did just that.
Ancilla grabbed a 2-0 lead by the 16th minute of the contest. The Surge seemed to struggle without leading scorers Mohamed Thiaw and Ramiesh McKnight, who have been sidelined by injury. The team managed just four shots in the first half.
McKnight entered the contest midway through the period and put Cincinnati State on the scoreboard with a goal at the 40 minute mark.
Abney tallied a pair of goals at the 55 and 67 minute mark. The Surge played more aggressively on the attack, pounding 10 shots. Ancilla tied the contest with a goal at 85 minutes.
Reid Abney led a second half comeback but No. 14 Cincinnati State settled for a 3-3 tie with No. 14 Ancilla on Saturday in the final regular season regional contest.
On Sunday, Max Hale and Omar Walcott had two goals each while Jose Carona, Tyler Cord, Ramiesh McKinght, Josh Enginger and Kory Hammann had single scores. Assists were recorded by Cord (2), Hammann, Reid Abney, Carona, Malik Suleman, Zane Ross (2) and Noah Kiser.
Jake Mutlu recorded his eighth shutout of the season.
Surge Close Regular Season This Weekend
Oct. 22, 2015
Cincinnati State’s men’s soccer team has pride to play for when hosting Ancilla on Saturday in its final Region XII match.
The Surge, 11-3-2 overall and ranked No. 20 in this week’s NJCAA poll, have already been edged by Schoolcraft for second place and one of the two first round byes in the region tournament.
A victory over 13-2 Ancilla, No. 14 in the poll, would give Cincinnati State another quality victory over a ranked opponent and momentum for its postseason run. The Surge beat Ancilla, 2-1, last month and are one of only teams to down the Chargers.
The Ancilla match will be played at Xavier’s Soccer Complex at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, following the women’s match vs. Ancilla that will kick off at 12 p.m.
The Surge will close out regular season on Sunday hosting UC Clermont at 5 p.m., also at Xavier. The sophomores will be recognized before the match.
Surge No. 20 in Latest NJCAA Poll
Oct. 20, 2015
Cincinnati State is No. 20 in this week's NJCAA Division I men's soccer poll. The Surge, who split last week, beating Lake Michigan 8-0 but losing to No. 14 Schoolcraft 2-0, were No. 19 last week.
Schoolcraft moved up to No. 10 in this week's rankings. Cincinnati State is No. 14 in the NSCAA poll.
Surge sophomore Mohamed Thiaw remains No. 1 nationally in points scored with 61. Thiaw, who has 25 goals was overtaken for the national lead by Jerry Patino of Kennedy-King, who has 27.
Cincinnati State hosts Ancilla on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Xavier University.
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Zane Ross
Zane Ross, a dynamic forward from Burlington, Kentucky and a graduate of Cooper High School, is the final addition to the Cincinnati State men’s soccer 2015 roster.
Ross had committed to play soccer at Radford University in Virginia, but after a family tragedy, he walked away from the game.
“Zane sustained a loss in his family with his father passing away,” Surge head coach Mike Combs said. “He then decided not to play club soccer. About a month ago, he reached out to some of his friends, knowing they were coming to Cincinnati State. He revitalized his interest in playing soccer, and we connected.”
Ross had played club soccer for Ohio Elite, where he teamed with Reid Abney, Aaron Ledermeier and Jake Mutlu, each of whom will join him at Cincinnati State.
Ross also starred at Cooper High School, playing for a team that started his senior season with 12 straight wins and finished with an 18-3 record. After scoring 30 goals and adding 16 assists (76 points) as a junior, he was named Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association East All-State Honorable Mention and All-Northern Kentucky First Team. Ross had 14 goals and 13 assists (41 points) as a sophomore during the 2012 season.
Combs is thrilled to bring in a player of this caliber.
“Zane is a fantastic player. I think he is a player who will be in every game and be a game-changer for us,” the head coach said. “He is a great goal scorer and has great athletic ability.
“Zane is going to bounce back by coming to Cincinnati State, and we are very happy to have him.”
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Christian Quinn
Christian Quinn, a graduate of Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio, is set to join the Cincinnati State men’s soccer team.
A team captain during his senior year, Quinn earned Ohio Capital Conference Central Second Team honors after the 2014 season.
Quinn, who also was a member of Columbus Crew Pre-Academy Team, likely will play an outside back or outside midfield spot for the Surge.
“Christian is a great addition for us,” Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. “He’s very athletic and strong on the ball and has great pace. I think he has great potential to be one of those players who goes on to a four-year school and continues to play after his time here.”
Combs added that he expects Quinn to be in the mix to see playing time right away this upcoming season.
The Surge men’s soccer team will begin practice on Aug. 1. Cincinnati State will play a pair of exhibition matches before opening the regular season at conference foe Owens Community College on Aug. 29.
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Hayden Peake
Hayden Peake, an All-State soccer and football player from Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio, is set to join the Cincinnati State men’s soccer program.
A versatile 6-foot-2 player on the soccer field, Peake earned Division II All-State Second Team honors as well as Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division II South First Team and MVSSCA Division II District Team recognition after his senior season. He also was named All-Southwestern Buckeye League First Team after playing for an Oakwood squad that went 8-4-3 in 2014.
Peake performed double duty this past fall, also serving as the kicker for the football team. As a senior, he converted nine field goals and 14 extra points en route to being named All-Ohio Division IV First Team. Perhaps his best game on the gridiron came in Oakwood’s 38-22 victory over Brookville when he was perfect on three field-goal attempts and a trio of extra-point tries.
Peake, who played his club soccer for Ohio Galaxies FC, likely will play a defensive position for the Surge.
“We’re excited about having Hayden come in,” Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. “He is an intelligent player with a great soccer IQ. He is very athletic, and I think he will be great for our team chemistry. I expect good things from him.”
The Surge men’s soccer team begins practice on Aug. 1 and the first regular-season game is at Owens Community College on Aug. 29.
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Jake Mutlu
Jake Mutlu, a highly decorated goalkeeper from Lakota West High School, is joining the Cincinnati State men’s soccer team.
Mutlu, who stands 6-foot-2, comes off an impressive senior season with the Firebirds. Mutlu recorded six shutouts as Lakota West finished 13-5 and went on to reach the sectional finals. For his efforts, Mutlu was named to the Division I All-State Second Team, All-Southwest Ohio, First Team All-Greater Miami Conference and the Division I All City Team.
“I am expecting great things from Jake, right away from year one,” Surge head coach Mike Combs said. “He had a great high school season as a senior and was in great form for his club.”
Mutlu played his club soccer for Ohio Elite, alongside fellow Cincinnati State newcomers Reid Abney, Zane Ross and Aaron Ledermeier. He also teamed with Ledermeier, as well as returning Surge players Hall Banks and Jose Corona, while at Lakota West.
Combs like multiple facets of Mutlu’s game.
“Jake is very athletic and good with the ball at his feet, so our defensive players can play the ball back to him, which suits our style of play of keeping possession,” Combs said. “Jake has great mobility and he is going to cover the whole back third exceptionally well.”
The head coach believes Mutlu will mesh well with the Cincinnati State team.
“He also has great hands, good shot stopping and good distribution, so we can get into some quick counterattacks,” Combs added. “I think Jake is going to be a perfect fit for us.”
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Christian Morris
Christian Morris, a 6-foot-2 central defender, will join the Cincinnati State men’s soccer team when practice begins on Aug. 1.
A Monroe High School graduate, Morris played for the Hornets and the Cincinnati United club team.
After anchoring the defense for a Monroe squad that went 15-2-3 his senior season, Morris was named to the All-Area Division II South Second Team and First Team All-Southwestern Buckeye League. He netted three goals and added three assists (nine points) in his final high school campaign.
Morris led the Monroe defense as the Hornets finished 12-4-2 and posted a nine-game shutout streak during the 2013 season. As a junior, he earned Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division II South Third Team honors and Second Team All-SWBL recognition. Despite playing a defensive role, Morris scored five goals and tallied three assists (13 points).
However, Morris was far from just an athlete. He also was a National Honor Society member and a volunteer with Special Olympics.
Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs believes there is a lot to like about what Morris will bring to the Surge.
“Christian has good size, good mobility and good touch,” Combs said. “He’s intelligent and has a good soccer IQ. I think he will do well for us in the back.”
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Aaron Ledermeier
Aaron Ledermeier will join the Cincinnati State men’s soccer program after successful stints with Lakota West High School and the Ohio Elite club team.
Ledermeier, who was a member of a Lakota West team that finished 13-5, recorded six shutouts and went on to reach the sectional finals last fall, will see several familiar faces when he begins working out with the Surge.
With Lakota West, Ledermeier played with fellow Cincinnati State newcomer Jake Mutlu as well as returning Surge players Hall Banks and Jose Corona. While playing for Ohio Elite, he teamed with Mutlu, Reid Abney and Zane Ross, each of whom will join him at Cincinnati State.
Surge head coach Mike Combs thinks that previous experience will be a plus for Ledermeier.
“We’re expecting him to come in to be an outside midfielder or outside back on the right side of the field,” Combs said. “Aaron will be with some players he’s familiar with, and we’re looking for him to come in and contribute right away.”
The Surge men’s soccer team will begin practice on Aug. 1. Cincinnati State will play a pair of exhibition matches before opening the regular season at conference foe Owens Community College on Aug. 29.
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Reid Abney
Reid Abney, a Middletown High School graduate, comes to Cincinnati State after distinguished club and high school soccer careers.
Abney holds the Middletown career records for goals (60) and points (143), and he also set the Middies’ single-season goals mark with 24 in his senior campaign.
After scoring eight goals and adding seven assists as a freshman, Abney was named to the Greater Miami Conference Second Team. He followed that up by earning First Team All-GMC recognition each of the next three seasons.
As a sophomore, Abney tallied 13 goals and 30 points, good for second and tied for third, respectively, in the conference. Perhaps his best game of the season came when he scored four goals in a 4-3 victory over Colerain.
He netted a pair of goals in six games en route to 15 goals and 37 points during his junior year. Abney was tremendous as a senior, leading the GMC in goals (24) and points (53) and helping the Middies to a 10-8 record. Early in the season, he scored an astounding nine goals and added two assists over a two-game stretch.
Abney played his club soccer for Ohio Elite for 11 years, and he will join former Ohio Elite teammates Aaron Ledermeier, Jake Mutlu and Zane Ross at Cincinnati State.
Surge head coach Mike Combs believes Abney has the ability to be a game changer.
“Reid is really great at running at players and creating goal-scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates,” Combs said. “We’re looking forward to his ability to impact the game. He’ll be a very dangerous player.”
Combs feels he got a steal in Abney, who likely will play outside midfielder or forward for the Surge.
“I think some of the four-year schools might have passed on him because he’s a little smaller in size, but the kid has a tremendous engine,” the head coach said. “I expect big things from Reid here at Cincinnati State and certainly beyond his time at Cincinnati State.”
Catching Up With: Liam Doyle
Liam Doyle, a native of the Isle of Man, U.K., and one of the best soccer players ever to wear a Cincinnati State uniform, completed an extremely successful junior season at Ohio State this past fall.
After scoring five goals and adding eight assists in his first year with the Surge in 2012, Doyle did it all during his sophomore season. He led the team in points with 43 (14 goals and 15 assists) and was selected as an NSCAA and NJCAA All-American. Doyle also was tabbed for the NJCAA National Tournament Team, First Team All-Region and First Team All-OCCAC. Additionally, he was named the Cincinnati State Athlete of the Year.
In his first season at Ohio State, Doyle was the anchor of the Buckeyes’ back line, starting every game at center back and earning First Team All-Big Ten recognition. He also tied for the team lead in goals with five and paced the club with three game-winning goals. During the season, Doyle was named to the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team and the UNCW All-Tournament Team.
Doyle stopped by Cincinnati State recently to catch up with some former teammates and coaches as well as work out. We were able to sit down with Doyle and Surge men’s soccer head coach Mike Combs to discuss a variety of topics. Here is what they said:
How did going to Cincinnati State prepare you for Ohio State?
Liam Doyle: “When I came here, I was nowhere near fit enough. Here with (strength and conditioning coach) Ron (Pharr) and coach, I got in the best shape I could and it translated onto the field and I got the chance to move on.”
Mike Combs: “When Liam first came here, I think he would be the first to admit that he was maybe not quite in shape. But he trained regularly and did great work with Ron Pharr, our strength and conditioning coach. I think the style of play was a little different than what he was used to, but a credit to him, he was open-minded and a great kid, and he adjusted very quickly.”
What was the transition from Cincinnati State to Ohio State like?
Doyle: “People don’t rate this level of junior college high enough. It’s definitely a step up (in the NCAA), but it’s not as big as you would think. There are more good players (in the NCAA), but the elite at this level can definitely do well.”
Combs: “From talking to parents, recruits, and anyone out there in the public about Cincinnati State soccer and junior college Division I, the usual response is one that somewhat looks down at the level and thinks the expectation aren’t as high, but I think over the last 12 years we’ve shown that a lot of our kids can come in and have success, play right away and go off to these major schools.”
How was this past season at Ohio State?
Doyle: “At the start, we were predicted to be ninth in the Big Ten, which is last. And obviously we didn’t want to be ranked down there. We had a slow start to the season, lots of draws and we would get a few wins here and there, but not against ranked teams. Then we actually lost three on the bounce, and it was not a crisis because we had a lot of ability. Then we went on to beat Louisville, Michigan State and just turned it around from there.”
Combs: “He adjusted at Ohio State very well. I think he was prepared for it, mentally and physically, and he was a mature kid, so you knew he was ready to go in and adjust. He had a fantastic junior year. He was a leader for them, and he was a force in the back. I got to go see a couple games, and he looked like a kid who had been there for three years.”
What are you doing now during the offseason?
Doyle: “Actually, the spring at Ohio State is probably harder than the season. It’s not that we did a lot of running, but we’re up at 6 a.m. every day. We play a lot, and it’s competitive that way.”
What are your plans for the summer?
Doyle: “I’m playing for the Isle of Man in two national tournaments.”
Do you play the same central back position for the Isle of Man that you play for Ohio State?
Doyle: “No, for the Isle of Man, I hardly do play in the back. I play more holding midfield. I think I fit the team better in that position.”
What are you looking forward to next season at Ohio State?
Doyle: “We have a very good class coming in, and we have seven returning starting players. We came in second in the Big Ten (last season), and hopefully we can win that and have a good run in the (national) tournament.”
Combs: “I think the expectations next season for him and Ohio State are very high, and realistically so.”
What does the future hold after next season?
Doyle: “I don’t know the exact answer, but I definitely want to carry on playing.”
Combs: “I think Liam is looking at it correctly by focusing on having a good season and performing well and staying healthy and the team doing well, which will give him that exposure to be looked at and strongly considered by Major League Soccer or another professional level. I think his work ethic on and off the field is what is going to help prepare him to be a professional. I can’t see him not reaching his goals.”
Spring Game A Success For Surge Men's Soccer Team
Cincinnati State freshman and NSCAA All-American Mohamed Thiaw (pictured) scored a hat trick as the Surge won their spring match against the University of Cincinnati club team, 7-4, on Monday night at Roger Bacon High School.
Freshmen Juwon Akintunde, Jose Corona, and Javier Meneses-Wallace also scored for Cincinnati State.
Surge head coach Mike Combs was pleased with his team's performance. In addition to Thiaw, Combs noted the play of freshmen Josh Enginger and Hall Banks, as well as newcomer Max Hale.
Playing a central defender position for the first time in a game, Enginger was strong in the back, Combs said. The head coach added that Banks looked quick on the ball and Hale played well and will be a nice addition to the team.
Combs said it was a solid performance overall by the Surge, and this coming fall season is looking very promising for the Cincinnati State men’s soccer program.
2015 Spring Tryout
Date: Sunday, March 15
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Site: Roger Bacon High School Stadium
35 E. Mitchell Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45217
Any participant attending the tryout is required to bring the following completed and signed forms:
· NJCAA Physical Form or a sports physical form completed within the last 12 months before the tryout date
· Sports Tryout Participation Form
· Emergency Contact Form
For more information, contact head coach Mike Combs.
Surge net sixth straight conference crown
Winners of its sixth straight Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship, the Cincinnati State men’s soccer team completed yet another successful season.
The Surge, which remained in the top 20 of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I rankings the entire 2014 season, eventually fell in the Region XII semifinals to No. 11 Ancilla to complete a 14-5-1 campaign.
In his 12th season as the Cincinnati State head coach, Mike Combs led the Surge to their 12th straight postseason appearance.
Perhaps the most impressive outing of the season came in mid-October with a resounding 4-2 victory over top-10-ranked Schoolcraft College. Leading the way was breakout player Mohamed Thiaw. The freshman forward from Lexington, Ky., scored three goals and assisted on the fourth, all in the first half.
Thiaw, who Combs called a “marquis forward,” was named a top-five player in the region. He led the Surge with 16 goals and added five assists (37 points) in 19 games this season. Sophomore forward Tyler Gumbert contributed seven goals and two assists (16 points), while freshman forward Juwon Akintunde netted three goals and delivered five assists (11 points).
Cincinnati State, ranked 16th in the final NJCAA Division I national poll, did not advance past regional play for the first time in the three years.
Combs, who is two wins shy of 200 for his career, is hitting the recruiting trail, looking to solidify the Surge.
“We achieved our goal of winning the conference for the 10th time in 12 seasons,” Combs said, “and look forward to bringing in top local talent in order to improve upon this season and qualify for nationals next year.”
Surge remain perfect in conference play with 6-1 thrashing of Cuyahoga
Cincinnati, OH – The Cincinnati State attack connected for six goals in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Cuyahoga Community College.
The Surge, who won 7-0 over Lakeland on Saturday, continued to find the back of the net in Sunday’s conference match. Freshman Javier Wallace opened the scoring by dribbling past four Cuyahoga defenders and beating the keeper on the near side post in the 23rd minute. Defender Logan Bartsch set up Noah Kiser for a header to put the Surge up 2-0 in the 32nd.
“We had a well-rounded effort from our entire team. Javier started the match and put us up early. Then we had Noah come off the bench to give us the second,” head coach Mike Combs said. “That trend continued in the second half.”
Surge leading scorer Mohamed Thiaw got on the scoresheet in 55th for his seventh goal of the year. In the 66th, Trae Collins served a ball into the box which found Hall Banks for his first goal of his collegiate career. Defender Grant Geigle scored off a corner kick from Wallace in the 67th. Quincy Pope Jr. set up Jose Corona for the Surge’s final goal in the 85th. For Pope Jr. and Banks, it was the first points of their collegiate careers.
Perhaps the only thing that went wrong for the Surge was giving up the shutout when Cuyahoga’s Dalton Joyce scored in the 78th.
“We took care of business this weekend with two key wins in the conference and are now 4-0 with two OCCAC games remaining,” Combs said. “We have taken some great strides as a team with our style and our chemistry.”
With the win, Cincinnati State improved to 8-2 overall with a 7-1 regional record.
The Surge will travel to Donaldson, Ind., next Saturday for a key Region XII match against Ancilla College. Ancilla and Cincinnati State are tied atop the region standings with 21 points. Ancilla’s (9-1; 7-1) only loss came to Cincinnati State earlier in the season.
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Surge defender Brad Schluter earns OCCAC Player of the Week honors
Cincinnati, Ohio---Sophomore Brad Schluter of Cincinnati State has been named the OCCAC men's soccer player of the week.
A defender from Centerville, Ohio, Schluter led Cincinnati State to a 1-1 record against No. 15 Schoolcraft College and No. 17 Owens Community College last week.
"Brad has been a very reliable player for us," said Cincinnati State head men'ssoccer coach Mike Combs. "He has grown into a great leader for our young team."
After losing 2-0 to Schoolcraft on the road, the co-captain rallied his team to a 3-1win over Owens on Sunday. He scored the game-winnin goal in the 60th minute off a converted penalty kick.
The goal marked his second clutch goal of the season after he delivered a game-tying 40 yard strike in the 82nd minute of a 4-3 overtime win over Muskegon.
Schluter is the second Cincinnati State player to earn the award this year, joining teammate Tyler Gumbert.
Schluter, Gumbert and No. 13 Cincinnati State are 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the OCCAC.
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Cincinnati State earns key victory in OCCAC over Owens
Toledo, OH-- Bouncing back after a tough 2-0 loss to rival Schoolcraft on Saturday, the Cincinnati State Surge defeated conference rival Owens 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
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Surge come back to beat Lake Michigan
Cincinnati State came back to beat Lake Michigan Community College in regional play thanks to second half goals from Tyler Gumbert, Trae Collins and Grant Geigle on Sunday.
For the Surge, the victory marked the third straight win by a one goal margin.
Lake Michigan opened the scoring early as forward Andre Burgess broke away after intercepting a pass from Surge defender Madifing Conde and chipping the ball passed goalie Quentin Perez. Lake Michigan continued to be the more aggressive team in the first half and finally cashed in the 44th minute when Carniggia Johnson scored to make it 2-0.
“We did not play with any cohesion or chemistry in the first half,” head coach Mike Combs said. “I was disappointed with the overall effort to start the game.”
In danger of being upset by the winless Lake Michigan team, Cincinnati State answered with three goals in a 12-minute span. Tyler Gumbert scored his team leading fourth goal of the season in the 65th minute. Six minutes later, Trae Collins would score his 1st goal of the season scoring off a pass from Juwon Akintunde to tie the game. Defender Grant Geigle delivered the eventual game winner in the 77th, scoring on a loose ball in front of the Lake Michigan net.
“In the second half, you could see the work ethic and we were rewarded for it,” Combs said. “As a team, we were extremely fortunate we were able to come back and get the result today.”
Winners of four straight games, Cincinnati State improved to 5-1-0 overall and remain undefeated with a 4-0 record in Region XII play. The Surge travel to face rival Schoolcraft College on Saturday in Livonia, MI followed by Sunday’s match against conference rival Owens in Toledo, OH.
Trae Collins sparked a second half comeback as the Surge beat Lake Michigan 3-2.
Brad Schluter ties game; Cosmos Okeke wins it for Surge in overtime
Cincinnati, OH -- In Saturday's match featuring two regional tournament teams from a year ago, Cincinnati State beat Muskegon 4-3 in extra time.
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Cincinnati State hangs on to beat rival Owens in first OCCAC action of the season
Cincinnati, OH - In the first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference match for both teams, Cincinnati State defeated Owens 2-1 on Wednesday night.
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The Surge earned their first OCCAC win of 2014 with a 2-1 victory over rival Owens on Wednesday.
Surge open 2014 with 4-2 win over Ancilla
Cincinnati, OH – Opening the season at home, Cincinnati State defeated Ancilla College (IN) by a score of 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Gumbert, a sophomore from Anderson, opened the Surge scoring in the 15th minute. Gumbert received a back heal pass from Mohamed Thiaw and delivered a strike to the back of the Ancilla net. Thiaw would cash in with a goal of his own in the 44th to give the Surge a 2-0 lead at the break.
Freshman forward Javier Meneses-Wallace put the Surge up 3-0 in the 52nd.
“We got off to a solid start offensively,” Head Coach Mike Combs said. “Once we got up three, we kind of sat back and let Ancilla back into the game. We will learn from it.”
Ancilla generated 5 of their 8 shots on net in the second half, finding the back of the net for the first time in the 55thminute. Cincinnati State’s Juwon Akintunde halted the Charger comeback with a strike to put the Surge back up by 3 goals. Ancilla’s Zahir Martinez scored in the 86th but it would be too little too late for a Charger comeback as Ancilla fell to 0-1-0 on the season.
Cincinnati State, which is currently ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA, take its 1-0-0 record on the road next weekend. The Surge take on CCBC-Essex on Saturday in Baltimore, MD followed by Sunday’s match against Southern Maryland.
For complete statistics of today’s match against Ancilla, visit - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2014-15/div1/boxscores/20140823_4pj5.xml
Freshman forward Mohamed Thiaw picked up a goal and assist in Cincinnati State's 4-2 victory over Ancilla.
Nine departing sophomores to play at 4-year programs
After a successful run to the 2013 NJCAA Div. I National Soccer Tournament, nine departing sophomores have made their decisions on where to continue their athletic and academic endeavors.
Xenia Christian graduate Michael Anthony has committed to Montreat College, a NAIA member school which competes in the Appalachian Athletics Conference. At Cincinnati State, Michael earned a 3.5+ gpa and will graduate at the conclusion of the spring semester. He is a student ambassador and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Michael has earned numerous academic awards including the Academic Achievement & Effort Award, Dean's List (twice) and Surge Scholar honors (twice).
Billy Whitcomb, a 5'11 defender from England, accepted a scholarship offer from IPFW (Indian Purdue Fort Wayne University).Located in Fort Wayne, IN, the Mastodons compete in the Summit League Conference. Earning his Associates Degree with a 3.5+ GPA this past spring, Whitcomb will transfer to IPFW in the fall.
Surge earn back-to-back national tournament appearances
The Cincinnati State men's soccer team finished another tremendous season in 2013, recapturing the Ohio Community College Conference title, a Region XII title and its third national tournament appearance in four seasons.
Perhaps, the highlight of the 2013 season came against rival Owens Community College in the NJCAA Region XII final in early November when the Surge claimed a 3-0 victory over the Express to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second straight season and the third time in four seasons.
"Earning back to back appearances in the national tournament is something that no previous team at Cincinnati State has ever done," Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. "I am so proud of this group of players. For our sophomore class, each player can say that they left with the legacy of two conference titles, two region titles and two trips to the national tournament."
The Surge's appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, Texas consisted of two games in the pool tournament stage. The Surge defeated Cloud County 2-1 on the first day of the tournament and lost their final game to No. 3 seed San Jacinto - South 3-0 to end the season.
"Obviously, we wish we could have advanced out of the pool stage," Combs said. "With that being said, we were one of twelve teams still standing at the end of the season which further solidifies our program as one of the best in all of junior college."
The Surge finished with an overall record of 18-2-2 on the year.
Logan Bartsch signs letter of intent to play for Cincinnati State
Coming off an impressive season in 2013, Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs took the first step toward next season with the recent signing of Milford High School’s Logan Bartsch.
Bartsch, a first team All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference selection this fall, was one of the league’s top goal scorers, finishing tied for third among ECC players with 12 goals scored. By tacking on three assists, Bartsch finished his senior season with 27 points. Joining a successful soccer program in Cincinnati State, Logan is expected to help fill the shoes of 9 departing sophomores, including the last season’s leading goal scorer and former Milford standout Kyle Grothaus, who will continue his collegiate career at Bowling Green University next fall.
Bartsch led Milford to a 13-6-0 record, advancing to the sectional finals of the OHSAA Tournament, where they fell to eventual State Champion Mason. In ECC play, the Eagles finished tied for second with a 4-2-0 record.
Bartsch is the first player to officially sign with Combs and the Cincinnati State soccer program.
NSCAA honors 8 members of Cincinnati State soccer team
8 member of the 2013 Cincinnati State men’s soccer team have been selected to the NSCAA Junior College All-Ohio Team.
This past season, the Surge soccer program qualified for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, won its 9th OCCAC title in 11 season and 3rd Region XII title in the last four seasons. Cincinnati State finished nationally ranked in the top 8 in both national polls (NJCAA/NSCAA) with an overall record of 18-2-2.
Tucker Beerman - Sophomore Defender (committed to Univ. of South Carolina – Upstate)
NSCAA Ohio Junior College “Coach of the Year” - Mike Combs (11th season)
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Liam Doyle selected to NSCAA All-American Team
Cincinnati State men’s soccer standout Liam Doyle has been selected as an NSCAA All-American.
Doyle finished this past season with 13 goals, 13 assists, and a team leading 39 points as Cincinnati State finished on top the regional standings and claimed its 9th conference title in 11 seasons. In the postseason, Doyle and the Surge claimed the NJCAA Region XII title and back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament.
In addition to being selected as an NSCAA All-American, Doyle has accumulated multiple individual honors including being named as a NJCAA All-American, NJCAA Region XII 1st Team selection (leading vote getter), OCCAC Midfielder & Player of the Year and an NJCAA National & Region XII All-Tournament selection.
Liam, a native of the Isle of Man, has a GPA above 3.5 and will be graduating from Cincinnati State this spring. He will continue his academic and soccer careers at The Ohio State University next season.
For a complete list of the 2013 NSCAA All-Americans, please visit - http://www.nscaa.com/2013-junior-college-di-mens-all-america-teams?utm_medium=short_url
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Three soccer players earn post-season recognition; sign with 4-year programs
Cincinnati State men’s soccer standout Liam Doyle has been named a National Junior College Athletic Association 1st Team All American. Liam, a native of the Isle of Man, has a GPA above 3.5 and will be graduating from Cincinnati State at the conclusion of Spring Semester. He will continue his academic and soccer careers at The Ohio State University.
Meanwhile, two other members of the men’s team – which played in the NJCAA national tournament again this year – have announced their post graduation plans.
Austin Klueh has committed to Marshall University in West Virgina. Marshall competes in C-USA (Division I) and plays against New Mexico, Old Dominion, UAB, South Carolina, Charlotte, Tulsa, Kentucky, FIU, and Florida Atlantic. At Cincinnati State, Austin was awarded 1st Team Ohio Community College Athletic Conference 1st Team All-Region and National Soccer Coaches Association of America 1st Team All-Ohio honors, and he was an NSCAA All-American nominee. Academically, Austin has earned a 3.9 GPA while in the Honor's Program at Cincinnati State. He's made the Dean's List every semester at Cincinnati State. Last year, Austin was recognized as the Scholar Athlete of the Year. He will be transferring to Marshall for the 2014 spring semester that starts next month. After the spring semester at Marshall, Austin will earn his Associates Degree from Cincinnati State.
Michael Anthony has committed to Montreat College in Montreat, N.C., which competes in the Appalachian Athletics Conference in the NAIA. This past season, Montreat finished 7-7-2 overall and 5-4-0 in the AAC. At Cincinnati State, Michael has earned well over a 3.5 GPA and will graduate at the conclusion of the spring semester. He is a Student Ambassador and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society. Michael's academic accomplishments include the Academic Achievement & Effort Award, Deans List (twice), and Surge Scholar (twice).
During their two seasons at Cincinnati State Liam, Austin and Michael were part of a soccer program that qualified for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament both years, won two OCCAC and Region XII Championships and twice finished in the Top 10 in both national polls (NJCAA/NSCAA) that rank junior college soccer programs. In the past two seasons, they helped the Surge to an overall record of 34-7-3.
Liam Doyle, a sophomore from the Isle of Man, has committed to play at Ohio State University next season.
Surge claim OCCAC title with 3-0 win over Owens
Cincinnati, OH -- Playing in the final game of the regular season with the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title on the line, Cincinnati State defeated Owens Community College 3-0 on Saturday afternoon
Entering the game with identical 4-0-1 records in conference play, the two teams were deadlocked for the first 37 minutes until sophomore Kevin Walker scored, taking a pass from teammate Francis Gyau deking goalkeeper Josh Kleinow and putting the Surge up 1-0. Walker, who did not play in a 1-1 tie to Owens on Sept. 25, struck again in the 48th minute, corralling a rebound and scoring his 11th goal of the season. Tucker Beerman increased the lead in the 73rd scoring on a header off a cross from Liam Doyle.
Goalkeeper Ryan Hall kept the Owens attackers at bay, turning away all 5 shots he faced for his fifth shutout of the season.
With today's result, Cincinnati State finished the regular season on an 8 game winning streak with a 15-1-2 overall record while claiming it's 9th conference title in 11 seasons.
"We accomplished one more objective on our list with today's win. Our guys came out and executed in a big game," Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs. "With the win, our sophomores will leave here having won two OCCAC titles. We will enjoy this tonight and begin preparing mentally and physically for the regional tournament next weekend."
As the top seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region XII postseason tournament, Cincinnati State will play in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at noon. This year's regional tournament will be held at the Xavier University Soccer Complex on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.
Saturday's Box Score - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20131026_zato.xml
For more information on Cincinnati State soccer, please visit - http://www.cincinnatistate.edu/on-campus/athletics/mens-soccer-1
Surge score six in first half; extend winning streak to 7 games
Cincinnati, OH -- With the end of the regular season approaching, the Cincinnati State men's soccer team won 6-0 over Jackson College on Saturday afternoon, scoring all six in the first half.
Sophomore Kyle Grothaus opened the Surge scoring in the 7th minute, taking a Brad Schluter pass and beating three Jackson defenders en route to the goal. Kevin Walker would score approximately 40 seconds later with his ninth goal of the season off a thirty yard pass from Liam Doyle. Brad Gale scored his 13th goal in the 12th minute, taking a through ball from teammate Okama Thompson, dribbling past the goalie and converting the shot to give the Surge a quick 3-0 lead.
The Surge offense struck again three more times late in the second half. Grothaus netted his second of the game off a set up from Gale in the 34th. Doyle scored his 13th goal of the season on a converted free kick in the 36th. Doyle and Grothaus teamed up for the final goal of the game in the 37th as Grothaus picked up his team leading 15th goal of the season and third hat trick of the season. Doyle, who picked up two assists in Sunday's contest, leads the team in assists (12) and points (38).
Goalkeeper Brandon Isaacs, who earned his second shutout of the season, faced only one shot thanks to a stout Surge defensive unit which earned its 6th shutout performance on the season. The team has not surrendered a goal in over 262 minutes of play.
Improving to 14-1-2 overall, Cincinnati State extended its winning streak to 7 games and have clinched the top spot in the regional standings for the first time since 2010. The Surge will attempt to earn their 9th conference title in 11 season in the final game of the regular season against Owens Community College.
The Surge, which are currently ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA national poll, host Owens on Saturday at 1 pm. The game will be played at Withrow High School.
Sunday's Box Score - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20131020_mmar.xml
Surge clinch first seed in postseason tournament with win over Ancilla
Cincinnati, OH -- The Cincinnati State men's soccer team clinched 1st place in the NJCAA Region XII standings after defeating Ancilla College 3-0 on Friday night.
Cincinnati State sophomore captain Liam Doyle opened the scoring in the 10th minute, converting a 25 yard strike which deflected off the right corner of the goal and into the net.
Down 1-0, Ancilla generated quality scoring chances but were unable to take advantage. With Cincinnati State goalkeeper Ryan Hall straying away from the net in the 38th minute, Ancilla's Isaias Membreno's two attempts on goal were deflected by freshman Brad Schluter. 4 minutes later, Liam Doyle would strike again, scoring his 12th goal of the season off of a rebound.
“That was a great effort by Brad which goes unnoticed in the stat sheet,” Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. “An Ancilla goal may have changed the complexion of the game. Instead, the score remained 1-0 and Liam took some of the wind out of Ancilla’s sale with a goal just minutes later.”
Doyle, who recently committed to The Ohio State University, currently leads the team in points (34), assists (10), and is tied for the team lead in goals (12).
In the 72nd minute, freshman Trae Collins set up teammate Vonne Byrd for his 4th goal of the season. For Collins and Byrd, who were high school teammates at Carroll High School, it marked the first time the tandem had connected together for a goal this season.
Ryan Hall, with help from Schluter and the rest of the Surge defensive unit, turned away all nine shots he faced en route to his 4th shutout of the season.
"We did our job and accomplished one of our season objectives with a quality win over a good team tonight," Combs said. "Claiming the top spot in the region is a great achievement. We now have to focus our attention on Jackson this Sunday and a big game to end the season next weekend against Owens."
Improving to 13-1-2 overall, Cincinnati State extended its winning streak to 6 games and clinched the top spot in the regional standings for the first time since 2010. The Surge will be the top seed in next month's Region XII post season tournament.
Ancilla, which suffered its first road loss of the season, fell to 8-6 overall.
The Surge, which are currently ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA national poll, host Jackson Community College on Sunday at 1 pm. The game will be played at Xavier University.
Friday's Box Score - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20131018_9m5y.xml
Walker lifts Surge past Schoolcraft
Livonia, MI -- Cincinnati State sophomore Kevin Walker scored the overtime game winner in a 2-1 road victory over Schoolcraft College on Sunday.
Entering the game having never beaten Schoolcraft on the road, Cincinnati State opened the scoring in the 9th minute when sophomore Bradley Gale scored his team leading 12th goal of the season off a pass from Trae Collins. Schoolcraft forward Romario Georgis, the reigning National Player of the Week, scored his 15th goal of the season in the 28th to tie the game at 1-1. For the next 62 minutes of regulation, the score would remain tied as the two defensive units kept the other's offense at bay.
Walker would eventually deliver the game winner in the 2nd minute of extra time, taking a pass from Brad Gale and finding the back of the net to give the Surge a 2-1 victory. Walker's goal was his first since returning to the lineup on Oct. 5 after missing 3 games due to a wrist injury.
Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs, who had to make an adjustment to the lineup after the loss of starting defender and team captain Austin Klueh to injury this past week, was pleased with the contributions from sophomore Tucker Beerman and freshmen Austin Root & Okama Thompson.
"I thought Okama stepped in and played a great game in an unfamiliar role for us. Austin Root had a solid performance and continues to improve every day," Combs said. "With Austin Klueh out, Tucker Beerman provided leadership, toughness and a physical presence which is needed when you take on a team like Schoolcraft. I consider Beerman to be our man of the match today."
The Surge defense allowed just 6 shots on net with starting keeper Ryan Hall making 5 saves.
With the win, Cincinnati State improved to 12-1-2 on the season and are currently in 1st place in the regional standings. Schoolcraft fell to 9-5 overall.
The Surge, which are currently ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA national poll, return to action when the team hosts Ancilla College on Saturday at 1 pm.
Sunday's Box Score - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20131013_0yng.xml
Grothaus named OCCAC "Player of the Week"
10.9.13 – Sophomore Kyle Grothaus has been named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference “Player of the Week.”
Grothaus, a sophomore midfielder from Milford, Ohio, scored five goals this past weekend against NJCAA Region XII opponents Muskegon Community College and Lake Michigan College.
In a 4-1 win over Muskegon, he scored twice (in the 34th minute and 64th minute). His second goal of the game was one for the highlight reels as he bent a shot into the back of the net off a corner kick. He followed his two goal performance with his second hat trick of the season on Sunday in a 5-1 win over Lake Michigan. He scored all three goals in the first half.
Grothaus currently leads the 11-1-2 Surge in scoring with 12 goals on the season. He is ranked 17th in the NJCAA in goals scored.
The award, for the week ending Oct. 6, is the first time Grothaus has earned the achievement.
The Surge have captured two consecutive OCCAC offensive player of the week selections (Bradley Gale won two weeks ago). Additionally, Liam Doyle was the co-offensive player of the week three weeks ago and Kevin Walker earned the award in the first week of the season. Tucker Beerman, Austin Klueh and Ryan Hall have all captured defensive “Player of the Week” honors.
For more information on the OCCAC “Player of the Week,” please visit - http://www.occac.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/releases/20131009lye69c
Grothaus nets three as Surge clinch postseason birth
Cincinnati, OH -- Cincinnati State sophomore Kyle Grothaus scored a hat trick in the first half of the Surge's 5-1 victory over Lake Michigan College on Sunday.
Playing on a saturated field and heavy showers, the Surge entered the game poised to clinch a postseason tournament birth with a win. Grothaus put the Surge up 1-0 in the 10th minute off a cross from Brad Schluter. Freshman Trae Collins scored his first goal of the season in the 27th. Grothaus would score his second and third goals of the game within a 45 second span. Grothaus converted on a rebound attempt after Bradley Gale's shot deflected off the post. Taking a pass from Grant Geigle and beating the Lake Michigan goalie from 20 yards out, Grothaus recorded his second hat trick of the season. Gale, who is second on the team in scoring, scored his 11th goal of the year in the 89th.
"Kyle beat his man consistently all day long," Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. "As a team, our speed and tempo was the major difference today. Earning a spot in the postseason, our attention and focus now turns to closing out the season strong. We have a tough test waiting for us next weekend on the road against Schoolcraft."
Grothaus, who picked up two goals in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Muskegon, now leads the Surge in scoring and is ranked 17th in the nation in goals.
Cincinnati State keeper Brandon Isaacs and the Surge defense allowed just 6 shots on net and narrowly missed a shutout victory as Lake Michigan's Luke Guy found the back of the net with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
The Surge, which are currently ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA national poll with a 11-1-2 overall record, return to action on Sunday when the team travels to play rival Schoolcraft Community College. The Cincinnati State soccer program has yet to win a road game at Schoolcraft.
Sunday's Box Score - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20131006_wfyz.xml
Grothaus leads Surge to 4-1 victory over Muskegon
Cincinnati, OH -- Cincinnati State sophomore Kyle Grothaus scored two goals in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Muskegon Community College on Saturday.
Playing the team who handed the Surge its only loss of the season, the Surge offense struck first in the 15th minute when freshman Vonne Byrd connected with Liam Doyle, who scored his team leading tenth goal of the season. Byrd picked up another assist, setting up Grothaus for a goal in the 34th minute as the Surge took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Muskegon's Riley Kammeraad scored the Jayhawks' only goal in the 64th, capitalizing on a loose ball infront of goalkeeper Ryan Hall. Grothaus provided a quick answer 45 seconds later, taking a corner kick and bending the ball into the back of the net. David Elwer gave the Surge a 4-1 lead in the 83rd, scoring his first goal of the season off a rebound.
As a team, Cincinnati State outshot the Jayhawks 15-5, improving to 10-1-2 overall.
The Surge, which are currently ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA national poll, return to action on Sunday at home against NJCAA Region XII opponent Lake Michigan College. The game will be held at Walnut Hills High School at noon.
Goalkeeper Hall earns national honors after shutout performances against Lakeland and Cuyahoga
10.2.13 - The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Cincinnati State’s Ryan Hall this week’s “National Goalkeeper of the Week.”
Hall turned in back-to-back shutout performances in games Saturday (Sept. 28) against Lakeland Community College and Sunday (Sept. 29) against Cuyahoga Community College. The freshman keeper turned away nine shots combined over the weekend, earning his second and third shutout performances of the season.
Hall is the first Cincinnati State goalkeeper to earn the national honor.
“It is a great accomplishment for Ryan and says a lot about our defensive unit as a whole,” said Cincinnati State Head Coach Mike Combs. “Ryan has worked extremely hard and deserves this honor.”
Last year, while playing for Summit Country Day high school, Hall set the Ohio High School Athletic Association record for shutout victories.
Cincinnati State is currently ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA national poll with a 9-1-2 overall record. The men’s team hosts Muskegon Community College this Saturday (Oct. 5) at 2 p.m. at the Walnut Hills High School field.
Other players from this year's team that have been recognized for for thier accomplishments include:
Kevin Walker-OCCAC Offensive Player of the Week (Aug. 25)
For more information on the NJCAA "Player of the Week," please visit http://www.njcaa.org/newsArticle.cfm?articleId=20077 .
Cincinnati State stays on top conference standings after 4-0 win over Cuyahoga
Cincinnati, OH -- Entering Sunday's contest tied with Owens Community College for first place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, the Cincinnati State men's soccer team beat Cuyahoga Community College 4-0.
The Surge opened the scoring just 3 minutes into the game as defender Austin Klueh headed the ball passed keeper Andrew Plop off a cross from Liam Doyle. Doyle, who leads the team in points, also assisted on Brad Schluter's goal in the 15th minute. Evan Cranfield scored in the 23rd off a set up from Brad Gale. Gale would later score his team leading 10th goal of the season in the 25th minute to put the Surge up 4-0.
The score would remain 4-0 for the rest of the day as the Surge defense earned its second consecutive shutout. Starting keeper Ryan Hall saved all 6 shots he faced earning his third shutout of the season.
As a team, Cincinnati State outshot the Challengers 12-6, improving to 9-1-2 overall with a 4-0-1 in conference play.
The Surge, which are currently ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA national poll, return to action next Saturday at home against NJCAA Region XII opponent Muskegon Community College. The Surge will try to avenge a 1-0 loss to Muskegon earlier this season. The game will be held at Walnut Hills High School at 1 pm.
Surge cruise past Lakeland on Saturday
Cincinnati, OH -- Cincinnati State sophomore Bradley Gale recorded a hat trick on Saturday as the Surge won 6-0 against Lakeland Community College.
Gale, a sophomore from Poole, England, opened the scoring in the first minute, taking a long pass from defender Austin Klueh and chipping the ball over the outstretched arms of Lakeland goalkeeper Nick Randlett. Sophomore Kyle Grothaus scored his 7th goal of the season in the 15th minute. Freshman Andrew Brown, who replaced injured midfielder Vonne Byrd, scored his first goal of the season in the 18th. The score would remain the same until Gale scored again in the 61st off a pass from Evan Cranfield. Liam Doyle, who leads the team in points with 26, scored in the 64th minute. Gale scored one minute later, stealing the ball from the Lakeland defense and beating Randlett. Gale, who earned his first hat trick of his collegiate career, and Doyle currently lead the team in scoring with 9 goals each.
Cincinnati State keeper Ryan Hall had a relatively stress free day in net, saving three Lakeland shot attempts en route to his second shutout of the season.
As a team, the Surge outshot Lakeland 20-3 and held a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks taken. With the win, the 11th ranked Surge improved to 8-1-2 overall with a 3-0-1 record in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.
"We were able to get up on them early and built a comfortable lead," Head Coach Mike Combs said. "We actually missed out on a lot of great scoring chances, but I am extremely pleased with our effort today.
Saturday's Statistics - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20130928_cmis.xml
Battle of last year's OCCAC co-champions ends in tie
Perrysburg, OH -- In a mid-season match featuring last year's Ohio Community College Athletic Conference co-champions, the Cincinnati State men's soccer team tied Owens Community College 1-1 on Wednesday.
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Cincinnati State splits weekend road trip
The Cincinnati State men’s soccer team lost its first game of the season Saturday, then came back Sunday with a 3-2 overtime win to salvage a Michigan road trip.
Sophomore Liam Doyle accounted for all three goals in Sunday’s victory against Lake Michigan College. Normally a defender or midfielder, Doyle started the game at forward for the first time this season. He opened the Surge scoring in the 25th minute off a pass from defender Billy Whitcomb, and scored again a few minutes later. During overtime, in the 93rd minute, Doyle again provided the answer for the Surge, scoring his team-leading 8th goal of the season.
With the win, Cincinnati State improves to 7-1-1 overall with a 6-1 record in Region XII competition. Lake Michigan, a first-year NJCAA program, fell to 4-5 overall with an identical record in the region.
On Saturday, the Cincinnati State men suffered their first loss of the season to Muskegon (Mich.) Community College. In a defense-dominated game featuring the two top teams in NJCAA Region XII, Cincinnati State outshot Muskegon but was unable to score. The only goal of the game came in the 32nd minute when Cincinnati State goalkeeper Brandon Isaac's attempt to clear the ball deflected off Muskegon's Riley Kammeraad and flew back 25 yards into the open net. It proved to be the game winner as Muskegon preserved a 1-0 victory.
Surge win home opener 3-0 over Schoolcraft
Cincinnati, OH -- Playing in its first home game of the 2013 season, the Cincinnati State men's soccer team defeated rival Schoolcraft College 3-0 on Sunday.
Surge remain undefeated with 4-1 win over Jackson
Jackson, MI -- The Cincinnati State men's soccer team concluded its 6 game road trip with a 4-1 victory over Jackson College on Sunday.
Entering the game with a 4-0-1 record, the Surge claimed their 5th road win of the season thanks to offensive contributions from Grant Geigle, Brad Gale, Liam Doyle and Kyle Grothaus.
Seeing his first action of the season after suffering a broken nose in the first week of preseason, Geigle put the Surge up 1-0 in the 30th minute off a set up from Doyle. Brad Gale put the Surge up two in the 39th as the Surge took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
In the 49th minute, defender Austin Klueh set up Doyle for his fifth goal of the season. Grothaus scored his team leading 6th goal of the season in the 55th.
Goalie Brandon Isaacs made 3 saves in the game, narrowly missing a shutout performance due to an own goal in the 90th minute.
The Surge, which rank No. 7 in the NJCAA national poll with a 5-0-1 record, will return to action in their home opener against rival Schoolcraft College next Sunday at 1 pm.
The game, which will be held at the Xavier University Soccer Complex, will be the first meeting between the two programs since Cincinnati State's 2-1 victory over Schoolcraft in last year's regional final.
Doyle scores late to give Surge 4-3 edge over Ancilla
Donaldson, IN -- In a match featuring two undefeated teams, Cincinnati State beat Ancilla Community College as Liam Doyle scored late to give the Surge a 4-3 victory.
The Surge, which entered the game ranked No, 7 in the NJCAA national poll, found themselves down early due to an own goal in the 3rd minute. The Surge quickly bounced back knotting the score 1-1 when sophomore Kyle Grothaus scored his 5th goal of the season off a set up from Liam Doyle. Grothaus later assisted on Kevin Walker's goal in the 19th minute as the Surge claimed a 2-1 lead.
Ancilla's Ignacio Avilles would score in the 49th. The game remained tied 2-2 until the 77th when Walker netted his second goal off an assist from Trae Collins. Ancilla would answer again one minute later as Isaias Moralles scored off an Avilles pass. With extra time looming, the Surge offense generated pressure leading to the team's 5th corner kick of the day. Doyle was able to capitalize off Bradley Gale's corner kick in the 83rd to reclaim the lead.
Down 4-3, Ancilla earned one last corner kick with 30 seconds remaining. Cincinnati State goalkeeper Ryan Hall thwarted Ancilla's chances, snatching the attempted cross through traffic in front of his net to help preserve Cincinnati State's flawless record.
"This was a well fought contest. You had two teams that really wanted it and left everything out on the field. It was a huge win for us as we remain on top the regional standings heading into tomorrow's contest," Head Coach Mike Combs said.
Cincinnati State, which improved to 4-0-1 overall with a 3-0 mark in regional competition, finish their six game road trip against Jackson Community College on Sunday before the home opener against rival Schoolcraft next Saturday.
Cincinnati State's Vonne Byrd scores twice in 5-1 win over Heartland
Parkland, IL -- The Cincinnati State men's soccer team concluded their Illinois weekend road trip on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over Heartland Community College in the second game of the "Kick for the Cure" Soccer Showcase hosted by Parkland Community College.
For Sunday’s statistics, please visit - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20130901_m7ql.xml
Surge beat Cuyahoga, begin season 2-0
Cleveland, OH -- The Cincinnati State men’s soccer team finished its weekend road trip with a 4-1 victory over in-conference opponent Cuyahoga Community College on Sunday.
The Surge, which improved to 2-0, were up 2-0 at half thanks to goals from Bradley Gale in the 25th minute and Vonne Byrd in the 34th.
After recording a hat trick in Saturday’s win over Lakeland, Kevin Walker (pictured) continued to make an impact with a goal in the 60th and assisting on Gale’s goal as well as Aden Abdirahman’s goal in the 80th minute.
“We accomplished our goal of getting a good start in conference play and gaining 6 points in the league standings with two quality wins this weekend,” Head Coach Mike Combs said.
Ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA national poll with a 2-0-0 record, Cincinnati State will return to the field next Saturday against Parkland College in the opening game of the Parkland College Soccer Showcase.
For complete statistics of Saturday’s game, please visit - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20130825_gcyy.xml
Walker and Grothaus record hat tricks in opening win over Lakeland
Kirkland, OH – The Cincinnati State men’s soccer team opened up the regular season with an offensively charged 10-0 victory over conference opponent Lakeland Community College on Saturday.
The Surge were led by sophomores Kevin Walker and Kyle Grothaus. Walker recorded a pure hat trick with goals in the 19th, 22nd and 37th minute. He also added an assist to finish the contest with seven points. Grothaus opened the Surge scoring in the 6th minute and added goals in the 41st and 72nd. Midfielder Liam Doyle finished with two goals and two assists. Forward Brad Gale and defender Austin Klueh also scored as the Surge continued a streak of 11 consecutive victories over the Lakers.
Freshman goalkeeper Ryan Hall, who set a OHSAA record for shutouts while playing for Summit Country Day, turned away five shots en route to his first collegiate shutout.
After the game, head coach Mike Combs kept his team's performance in perspective.
“We played great,” Combs said. “Having said that, it is one victory. We have a quick turnaround tomorrow with another conference match against Cuyahoga. I expect our guys to turn all their focus towards this next game.”
The Surge’s match at Cuyahoga Community College is scheduled for 1 p.m.
For complete statistics of Saturday’s game, please visit - http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2013-14/div1/boxscores/20130824_t2nj.xml
Walker leads Surge to 5-2 victory in final tuneup before regular season
Wilmington, OH (8.20.13) -- The Cincinnati State men's soccer team finished the preseason with a 5-2 road win over Wilmington College on Tuesday night.
Gale, Aden shine in Surge's 2-1 preseason victory over Rio Grande
Rio Grande, OH (8.12.13) -- The Cincinnati State men's soccer team kicked off the 2014 campaign with a 2-1 preseason win against NAIA perennial powerhouse Rio Grande University on Monday night.
Sophomore Brad Gale (pictured) and freshman Abdirahman Aden scored a goal each to lead the Surge over the Red Storm, a team ranked No. 8 in the NAIA national poll.
"Tonight was a great result for a young team like us. We took on a team with a roster made up primaraly by upperclassmen and international talent. It is nice to come out with a win," head coach Mike Combs said.
Cincinnati State will have one more exhibition game on Aug. 20 against Wilmington College. The Surge will open the regular season on the road on Aug. 24 against conference-rival Lakeland Community College.
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