Northeast Community College's soccer team looks to make history in program
NORFOLK, Neb. -- Scoring 30 goals in a soccer match seems near impossible, but this Northeast Community College team was able to do so over the weekend in Iowa. Beating Scott Community College 30-0, the Hawks share their success on the pitch this season.
Thirty goals on the 30th of September.
You heard that correctly.
“I mean at the end of the day, it is college soccer, right?” said Adam Potter, Northeast Community College Men's head soccer coach.
Potter's offering no apologies for blowing out a team, clearly out of its class.
“You can’t tell them to just say ‘Hey, take a backseat pedal.’Because then it's not preaching what I preach in practice, and not what I preach in the classroom and stuff like that as well,” Potter said.
Before you accuse the team of running up the score for kicks, every one of those 30 goals helps the team’s chances to clinch the division.
“At the end of the day, like our first tie breaker for conference is goal differential,” Potter said.
Even so, Coach Potter did his best to even the playing field.
“We had our whole bench out there. We had every single person...we had six starters that didn’t even play for the day,” Potter said.
The Hawks are now 14-0 as they are looking to close out the regular season with a perfect record.
If they win their final four game it would be the first for any NJCAA team in the entire country.
Even more special.
The team is a melting pot of athletes from around the world. Including countries like Germany, the Netherlands, England and more.
“I think what makes our team special is that we act like family on and off the field. We fight for each other,” Luca Baltcer said, German-Northeast CC Soccer Player.
“I think we showed great, just, character as a team to keep playing serious and to keep running up the score,” Teun van der Donk said, Netherlands-Northeast CC soccer player. “I mean it's not easy to play teams like that. You can lose focus and you can get very complacent.”
Only being around since 2014, it’s a huge feat that the Hawks rank first overall in the NJCAA.
“This would be historical,” Baltcer said.
“To do something that has never been done before,” Donk said.
“Our job and mission is trying to do something special that hasn’t really happened in program history, school history or even nationwide history is try to complete a perfect season,” Potter said.
The Hawks have another match-up this weekend at Marshalltown Community College on Oct. 7 before they return to Memorial Field to host Western Nebraska Community College on Oct. 11.