Daniel Robelledo’s unassisted goal in the 56th minute held up as the winner in a 1-0 win for Harcum College over Western Texas and kept the Bears rolling into the semifinal of the NJCAA Division 1 championship.
The win was the Bears’ second in two matches of group play after opening with a 2-1 win over Snow College and keeps their perfect season record intact at 13-0-0.
That leading goal-scorer Ryan Kingsford (19 goals, 14 assists), who has been moonlighting with Philadelphia Union 2, hasn’t scored in the two matches is a good sign heading into the semifinal that they can find goals through multiple sources. Six players on the roster have five or more goals on the year. Robelledo’s goal was his eighth on the year to go with seven assists. Oscar Tenorio (5 goals, 2 assists) had both goals in their win over Snow.
Cheik Diouf made four saves to record the clean sheet for the Bears, which were outshot by Western Texas 17-9 on the day.
The fifth-seeded Bears will get a day of recovery today before taking on No. 2 Salt Lake on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Kansas. Top seed Iowa Western takes on the 11th-seeded Iowa Lakes in the other semifinal at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Both matches will be streamed live on the NJCAA Network ($).