With just two seasons behind the new head coach, Jimmy Elder, the Brookhaven Bears Women’s Soccer Team progressed to the national tournament this year. The team defeated Richland College’s Thunderducks to take the top spot in the Metro Athletic Conference tournament at the end of October and earned a spot at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Tournament in November.
In their national quarterfinal match, the Brookhaven Bears Soccer Team dominated possession and the scoreboard over the Rowan-Gloucester Roadrunners. Corrina Ortiz put the team up 1-0, and less than two minutes into the second half, Karol Rodriguez pushed the lead to 2-0. Then a perfect pass to the backside post by Julie Ortega was drilled home by Linda Molina to close out the game.
In the semifinals, the team took a hard loss to SUNY-Broome just 0-1. The SUNY-Broome scored less than two minutes into the match, and the Bears, despite scoring opportunities and great time of possession, were not able to push through to tie the match.
The team fought hard to take third place, coming back from a deficit three separate times. The Montgomery Raptors scored first. Metro Athletic Conference, MAC, Offensive Player of the Year, Joseline Sorto scored on a perfect pass from Julie Ortega for the Bear’s first goal, but the Raptors answered just a few minutes later. Jazmine Bustos leveled the match again on a header off a long cross. Montgomery took their third lead at the start of the second half. The Bears responded with a score from Brenda Hernandez, then two more goals by Sorto. MAC Goalkeeper of the Year Daniela Marin stopped scoring chances for the Raptors after the Bears took the final lead. The team’s only loss in the tournament was 1-0 to the team that won the National Title, SUNY-Broome.