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2013 Lakeland Community College Soccer Team
Front Row
(L-R):  Nikola Brnada, Zachary Williamson, Michael Tronko, Nicholas Randlett, Tomas Giannotta, Kyle Adams, Christopher Gabrenya
Back Row (L-R):  Tyler Martini, Louis Tortorici, Tyler Zaslov, Jakhongir Saidkarimov, Juwan Rhodes, Agustin Esperon, John Bull, Grant Johnston, Sebastian Vieira

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Lakeland Community College Men's Soccer: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Class of 2013:

Ryongmyeong Cho
Holy Cross College (NAIA)
Notre Dame, Indiana

Michael Maiorano
Holly Cross College (NAIA)
Notre Dame, Indiana

Abel Rodriguez
UNLV (NCAA Division I)
Las Vegas, Nevada

Jon-Michael Vieira
University of North Florida (NCAA Division I)
Jacksonville, Florida

January 22, 2014  Four Lakers Earn State Honors From OCSA

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Four members of the 2013 Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team were named all-Ohio by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) included a pair of First Team selections.

Freshman midfielder Juwan Rhodes (Toronto, Canada) and sophomore midfielder Sebastian Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) each earned First Team honors while freshmen Kyle Adams (Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland) and Nick Randlett (Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland) were named to the Second Team.

First Team
K Ryan Hall FR Cincinnati State Community College
D Austin Klueh SO Cincinnati State Community College
D Mark Primuth SO Cuyahoga Community College
D Troy Watson SO Owens Community College
M Juwan Rodes SO Lakeland Community College
M Sebastian Vieira SO Lakeland Community College
M Kyle Grothaus SO Cincinnati State Community College
M Liam Doyle SO Cincinnati State Community College
M Jake Martin SO Owens Community College
M Vijay Gentles SO Owens Community College
F Kevin Walker SO Cincinnati State Community College
F Richard Vanhorne SO Cuyahoga Community College

Second Team
K Tyler Gray FR Southern State Community College
K Nick Randlett FR Lakeland Community College
D Tucker Beerman SO Cincinnati State Community College
D Kyle Adams FR Lakeland Community College
D Andrei Plop FR Cuyahoga Community College
M Brad Gale SO Cincinnati State Community College
M Adam Tepper FR Cuyahoga Community College
M Christian Connor FR Southern State Community College
F Bjion Campbell FR Owens Community College
F Ahmad Jarrar FR Owens Community College

Coach of the Year
Mike Combs, Cincinnati State Community College 

Juwan Rhodes & Sebastian VieiraNovember 9, 2013  Vieira, Rhodes Earn All-Region Honors

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Sophomore Sebastian Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) and freshman Juwan Rhodes (Toronto, Ontario) were both named Second Team All-Region 12 by opposing coaches after earning a pair of First Team All-Conference nods a week ago.

Vieira becomes the second member of his family to earn both all-conference and all-region accolades in the same season after his brother, Jon-Michael, accomplished the feat in 2011 and 2012.

Sebastian led the Lakers in goals and points and finished tied for the team lead in assists. 

Rhodes made the most of his first collegiate season after transitioning from midfield to defense in the second half of the season.  He is the first freshman to earn all-region honors since Jon-Michael Vieira in 2011.

For the complete list of all-region selections, click here.

October 31, 2013 Four Lakers Earn All-Conference HonorsMen's Soccer All-Conference

A quartet of Lakeland men’s soccer players were named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) all-conference team including a pair of first team selections.  Freshman Juwan Rhodes (Toronto, Ontario) and Sebastian Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) each garnered first team nods while freshmen Nick Randlett (Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland) and Kyle Adams (Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland) received second team honors.

Rhodes proved to be a consistent force on defense in his first collegiate season.  The freshman played in 19 games and earned 18 starts.  He entered the scoring column in the season finale at Schoolcraft on October 26 and also contributed an assist midway through the year at Hiram.

The sophomore Vieira started in all 19 games in his final season, leading the team in goals with six.  The versatile midfielder also finished tied for the team lead in assists with three.  He recorded five points in the final two games of the season against Lorain County and Schoolcraft.

Randlett was a fixture in net all year long, logging every minute in goal for the Lakers.  The freshman led the nation in saves with 172 and posted a shutout over Lorain County in the home finale.

Adams started all 19 games at center back and was a reliable defender in front of Randlett all season. 

October 9, 2013 Lakers Strike First, Falter Late Against Owens

Lakeland Men's SoccerKIRTLAND, Ohio – Sophomore Michael Tronko (Solon, Ohio / Orange) gave the Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team a first half lead over visiting Owens before the visitors struck back with three unanswered goals in final 20 minutes to squeeze out a 3-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon. 

Tronko’s first half tally came in the 27th minute on a feed from freshman forward Tyler Martini (Cortland, Ohio / Maplewood).  Owens responded in the second frame, equalizing in the 67th minute with an Ahmad Jarrar goal.  Seven minutes later Jarrar struck again, giving the Express a 2-1 lead with his fifth goal of the season.  Jacob Martin doubled the advantage one minute later to make it 3-1.

Freshman midfield Tomas Giannotta (Whitby, Ontario) pulled the Lakers to within a goal in the 86th minute with his second goal of the year.  Lakeland pressed forward in the closing minutes looking to knot the game at three but was unable to pull level.

The Lakers return to action on Saturday when they host Ancilla College at 1 p.m.

October 2, 2013  Brnada’s Second Half Goals Propels Lakeland Men

Sophomore Nikola Brnada’s goal in the 50th minute broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Cuyahoga Community College on Wednesday afternoon.  Jakhongir Saidkarimov was first to the ball on a Sebastian Vieira corner kick, using his head for a deflection to the front of goal where Brnada made no mistake with the finish.  The win is Lakeland’s first of the season.

Vieira opened the scoring in the first half when he converted a penalty kick in the 13th minute.  Cuyahoga equalized 15 minutes later as both teams went into the half deadlocked at one. 

Brnada’s first goal of the season supplied more than enough offense for freshman goalkeeper Nicholas Randlett, who made six saves en route to the victory.

The Lakers return to action on Saturday when they take on Schoolcraft College in the annual Tri-C Tournament in Parma, Ohio.

September 16, 2013  Lake Michigan Wins 42nd Annual Lakeland Invitational

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Lake Michigan College, making its first appearance in the Lakeland Invitational, raced out to a 5-1 victory over Lakeland in game one before holding off Cuyahoga 2-1 to claim the tournament title on Sunday afternoon.  Muskegon Community College broke a scoreless tie with an overtime goal on Sunday afternoon to defeat Lakeland and secure a second place finish.  Cuyahoga and Lakeland finished third and fourth, respectively.

First Place – Lake Michigan College
Second Place – Muskegon Community College
Third Place – Cuyahoga Community College
Fourth Place – Lakeland Community College

Tournament MVP – Jose Perez, Lake Michigan College
Best Forward – Richard VanHorne, Cuyahoga Community College
Best Midfielder – Ross Smith, Lake Michigan College
Best Defensive Player – Aaron Dault, Muskegon Community College

All-Tournament Team
Kyle Adams, Lakeland Community College
Richard VanHorne, Cuyahoga Community College
Mark Primuth, Cuyahoga Community College
Eric Hilt, Muskegon Community College
Aaron Dault, Muskegon Community College
Zachary Sutton, Muskegon Community College
Jose Perez, Lake Michigan College
Luke Guy, Lake Michigan College
Ross Smith, Lake Michigan College
Grant Griefendorf, Lake Michigan College
Randy Bautista, Lake Michigan College
Tournament Results
Saturday, September 14
Lakeland CC (1) vs. Lake Michigan College (5)
Muskegon CC (2) vs. Cuyahoga CC (1)

Sunday, September 15
Lakeland CC (0) vs. Muskegon CC (1) Overtime
Lake Michigan College (2) vs. Cuyahoga CC (1)

September 12, 2013  42nd Annual Lakeland Invitational Information

KIRTLAND, Ohio – The 42nd Annual Lakeland Invitational welcomes a trio of Region XII teams for two days of competition on the campus of Lakeland Community College on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.  Admission is free of charge for all spectators. 

Saturday, September 14
1:00 p.m. Lakeland CC vs. Lake Michigan College
3:00 p.m. Muskegon CC vs. Cuyahoga CC

Sunday, September 15
11:00 a.m. Lakeland CC vs. Muskegon CC
1:00 p.m. Lake Michigan College vs. Cuyahoga CC

September 8, 2013  |  Late Goal Costs Lakers in Hiram

HIRAM, Ohio –
Another late goal proved costly for the Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team, which lost 2-1 for the second straight game and third time this season. 

The Lakers, having already suffered a pair overtime defeats on the road, allowed the game winner with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.  Lakeland falls to 0-6 on the year with the loss as it prepares to take on OCCAC and Region 12 foe Owens Community College on Wednesday afternoon.

Tyler Zaslov (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) scored his first collegiate goal in the 76th minute helped LCC pull even after the visitors allowed Hiram to jump out to an early lead with a goal in the seventh minute.

Freshman Nicholas Randlett (Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland) contributed six saves in defeat while classmate Juwan Rhodes (Toronto, Canada) accounted for the Lakers’ lone assist.

Box Score

September 5, 2013 Lakers Clipped by Tri-C in Overtime

PARMA, OhioGrant Johnston’s (Chardon, Ohio / Chardon) first collegiate goal helped Lakeland erase a 1-0 deficit midway through the opening half before host Cuyahoga found the winner two minutes into the first overtime period to defeat the Lakers, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon.  The Lakers, still in search of their first victory of the season, will take on Hiram JV on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference clash. 

Johnston’s first half equalizer came in the 28th minute, shortly after Tri-C netted the game’s first goal 15 minutes in.  The freshman forward fired a shot from the right wing which snuck inside the post to make it 1-1.  Both teams had ample opportunities over the final 45 minutes of regulation to snatch a victory, but neither side was able to find the back of the net. 

Nicholas Randlett (Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland) kept the Lakers (0-5, 0-2 OCCAC) in it with a number of crucial saves, finishing with 10 on the day for the second straight game.

Box Score

Lakeland CC Men's SoccerSeptember 3, 2013  Men Drop a Pair in Michigan Over Labor Day Weekend

The Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team was held scoreless over two Region XII games in Michigan over the weekend, falling to Muskegon Community College and Lake Michigan College by 4-0 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Lakers continue to push for their first win of the season when they travel to local rival Cuyahoga Community College on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.  The game will be played at Cuyahoga’s western campus in Parma, Ohio.

August 28, 2013 Lakers Clipped by Mercyhurst North East in Double Overtime

Tomas Giannotta (Whitby, Ontario) scored his first collegiate goal to give the Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team an early 1-0 advantage before Mercyhurst North East responded with two unanswered including the game winner in extra time to steal a victory on Wednesday afternoon. 

Just four minutes after freshman helped the Lakers jump out to an early lead, the Saints pulled level with a goal of their own in the 12th minute.  The two sides would play even over the ensuing 79 minutes and enter overtime deadlocked at one apiece.

Nicholas Randlett (Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland) made six stops in net for LCC.

The hosts converted the game winner with four minutes to play in the second overtime period, dropping Lakeland to 0-2 on the young season.  The Lakers return to action on Saturday when they travel to Muskegon, Michigan to take on Muskegon CC in the Region XII matchup at 11 a.m.

July 2, 2013  Vieira Joins University of North FloridaJon-Michael Vieira

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore midfielder Jon-Michael Vieira inked a national letter of intent to continue his playing career at the University of North Florida beginning in the fall.  The University of North Florida is an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Vieira racked up a number of academic and athletic honors in his two years with the Lakers.  As a freshman, the Whitby, Ontario native finished third on the team with 14 points en route to first team all-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) accolades.  He was also named Lakeland’s best halfback and second team all-Region XII by the NJCAA.

One year later, Vieira paced the Lakeland offense with seven goals, eight assists, and 22 points.  He was one of just three Lakers to play and start in all 18 games and was rewarded with another first team all-OCCAC nod.  He also garnered a pair of first team all-region honors, one from the NJCAA and the other from the NSCAA. 

Off the field, Vieira excelled in the classroom.  He was named to the Dean’s List in the spring of 2011 and was a three-time S.T.A.R. student-athlete during his four semesters at LCC. 

To follow Vieira and the Ospreys all season long visit

Ryongmyeong ChoMay 21, 2013 Cho Joins Maiorano, Signs with Holy Cross College

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Sophomore defender Ryongmyeong Cho will join classmate Michael Maiorano at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana beginning in the fall.  A fixture on the back line throughout his two years at Lakeland, Cho earned second team all-conference honors as a freshman and a first team selection as a sophomore.  The Seoul, South Korea native played and started in 17 games in his final season with the Lakers en route to National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-east region accolades.

Off the field, Cho is a dean’s list student and Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) all-academic team honoree.  He was a S.T.A.R. student-athlete, signifying a 3.0 GPA at the end of the semester, through all four semesters at Lakeland. 

Holy Cross College is an NAIA-member institution and competes in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).  Last season, the Saints finished 9-6-3 overall (6-3-2 CCAC) and fifth in the conference standings.  Holy Cross fell in a shootout to No. 4 seed Robert Morris College in the quarterfinals of the CCAC tournament to end their season. 

The Saints will open the 2013 campaign against the University of Mobile on August 19.  For more information on the Holy Cross College men’s soccer program and to follow Cho all season long visit

April 25, 2013 Maiorano Signs with Holy Cross CollegeMichael Maiorano

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Sophomore forward Michael Maiorano (Whitby, Ontario) has signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana next season.  Maiorano, who began the season as a defender before transitioning to the forward spot midway through the year, finished second on the team in scoring with six goals and third on the team in points with 13. 

All six of his goals came in a three game span including a hat-trick against Mount Union JV in mid-October.  He capped the year with a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-east region selection along with four other Lakers. 

Holy Cross College is an NAIA-member institution and competes in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).  Last season, the Saints finished 9-6-3 overall (6-3-2 CCAC) and fifth in the conference standings.  Holy Cross fell in a shootout to No. 4 seed Robert Morris College in the quarterfinals of the CCAC tournament to end their season. 

Maiorano’s brother, Aldo, was also a two-year player at Lakeland under head coach Djuro Peric.  The brothers played prominent roles on and off the field during their time with in Kirtland.  Aldo helped guide the Lakers to their 10th conference championship in program history in 2008 on his way to NSCAA All-American honors.  Michael is a three-time S.T.A.R. student-athlete whose hat-trick against Mount Union JV helped give Coach Peric his historical 250th career win.

As a freshman, Maiorano tallied six goals and six assists to finish second on the team with 15 points.  He was named to the OCCAC All-Academic team at year’s end. 

The Saints will open the 2013 campaign against the University of Mobile on August 19.  For more information on the Holy Cross College men’s soccer program and to follow Maiorano all season long visit

December 19, 2012  |  Men’s Soccer Earns Five All-Region Selections from NSCAA

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Sophomore midfielder Jon-Michael Vieira headlined five All-East Region selections from the Lakeland Community College men’s soccer program by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  Vieira earned a First Team nod after being named first team all-conference and first team all-region XII in his final season with the Lakers.  The Whitby, Ontario native concludes his Lakeland career with plethora of individual honors on and off the field.  In addition to leading the team in goals (7) and assists (8), Vieira was a Dean’s List student and a S.T.A.R. student-athlete. 

Vieira’s brother, Sebastian Vieira, earned Second Team All-East Region honors in his inaugural collegiate season.  The freshman midfielder finished second on the team with four assists while playing in all 18 games this season.

Sophomores Ryongmyeeong Cho and Michael Maiorano each garnered Second Team All-East Region honors in their second year with Lakeland while sophomore transfer Jake Alicea picked up the first national honor of his collegiate career.

Cho, already an all-conference and all-region XII selection as a defender, helped Lakeland post four shutout victories on the year.  Maiorano transitioned from defender to forward midway through the season and made an immediate impact.  The Ontario native finished with six goals in a three game span late in the season including a hat trick against Mount Union JV on October 3.

In his first season at Lakeland, Alicea finished with three goals and three assists and was named second team all-conference.  The local product out of Lake Catholic High School put together his best game of the season when he recorded a pair of goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory over Cuyahoga on September 26.

Lakeland’s five all-east region selections tied Cincinnati State for the most from one program.

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About the NSCAA: Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization that serves members at every level of the game. 

October 25, 2012 Men’s Soccer Places Four on All-OCCAC TeamAll-OCCAC Selections

For the second straight year the Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team placed four players on the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) all-conference team.  Sophomores Ryongmyeong Cho (Seoul, South Korea) and Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) earned first team honors while Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Jake Alicea (Mentor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) were selected to the second team.

Cho solidified the Lakeland defense as a center back, earning the start in all 17 games played in his final season.  The sophomore earned Second Team All-OCCAC honors as freshman defender.

Vieira, a First Team All-OCCAC and All-Region XII selection as a freshman, controlled the pace from the central midfield position and led the Lakers in scoring with seven goals. 

A two-year starter, Vieira added eight assists to finish the year with a team-best 22 points - eight points clear of last year’s total.

Rodriguez earns conference recognition in his final year with the blue and silver.  A staple in goal all year long, Rodriguez played and started in every game for the Lakers, making 92 saves in over 1500 minutes in net.

In his first year with the Lakeland program, Alicea led the team in points (5) against conference opponents and finished with three goals and three assists overall.
Lakeland narrowly missed a berth in the 2012 regional tournament, tying with Ancilla College with 12 points on the year but losing out on the first tiebreaker (goal differential).

October 13, 2012  Lakeland Clipped by Cincinnati State in Home Finale
Head Coach Djuro Peric
Assistant Coach Nick Cindric, former Lakeland head coach Mario Marcopoli, and Athletic Director Scott Barlow join Head Coach Djuro Peric in recognition of his 250th career win.

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Visiting Cincinnati State scored twice in the first half and kept the Lakers off the board en route to a 2-0 win in Lakeland’s final home game of the 2012 season.  LCC drops to 7-10 overall and 4-9 in Region XII play with one match left in the regular season.  The Lakers are currently tied with Ancilla College with 12 points in the region, but trail in goal differential for the sixth and final spot in the Regional tournament.

Prior to the game head coach Djuro Peric was recognized for earning his 250th career win in Lakeland’s most recent home game – a 6-1 victory over Mount Union JV on October 3. 

Lakeland, donning pink socks as a part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, put five shots on goal but was denied each time by Surge goalkeeper Ryan Strunk. 

Sophomore Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) kept the hosts close by making five saves on the afternoon.

The Lakers will travel to nationally-ranked Owens Community College on Wednesday (Oct. 17) in their final regular season contest. 

October 8, 2012  Men Salvage Split at Tri-C Tournament

PARMA, Ohio – The Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team came away from the annual Tri-C tournament with three points, falling to nationally-ranked Schoolcraft on Saturday before responding with a 2-0 win over Jackson CC on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) converted to penalty kicks in the second half while classmate Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) preserved the shutout on the strength of six saves.  Lakeland (7-9 overall, 4-8 Region XII) is currently tied for the sixth and final spot in the Regional Tournament with two games left in the regular season.

The Lakers will host Cincinnati State (5-5-1, 9-5-1) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the final home game of the season.

October 3, 2012  Peric Earns Win No. 250, Men’s Soccer Downs Mount Union JV 6-1Djuro Peric

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Already ranked 11th in active coaching wins nationwide, Head Coach Djuro Peric picked up his 250th career win on Wednesday afternoon against the University of Mount Union JV.  Peric, who has led the Lakeland men’s soccer team since 1988, becomes just the 27th coach in the 75-year history of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to win 250 games.  

Michael Maiorano (Whitby, Ontario) continued his torrid scoring streak with a hat trick on Wednesday to help the Lakers improve to 6-8 overall.  Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) added a goal and two assists in the victory as Lakeland prepares for a pair of pivotal Region XII matches at this weekend’s Tri-C Tournament.

Vieira and Maiorano connected on the game’s first goal – a 16th minute tally by Maiorano – to give the hosts an early advantage.  Freshman Ma’Cain Spragling (Brush HS) quickly doubled the lead less than four minutes later thanks to a Scott Scaperato (Lake Catholic HS) assist.

Mount Union scored in the 31st minute to cut the lead in half, but Vieira converted a penalty kick six minutes later to make it 3-1.

The Lakers would add two more in the final two minutes of the half to take a 5-1 lead into the break.  Spragling tucked a nifty shot inside the far post in the 44th minute before Maiorano converted for his second of the day just 12 seconds before time.

Maiorano would record the second half’s only goal after taking a feed from Augusto Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) in the 88th minute.

Sophomore Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned the win in net, making one save in 45 minutes of action.  The Lakers will take on Schoolcraft (Oct. 6) and Jackson (Oct. 7) this weekend in Parma, Ohio.

Peric has been associated with Lakeland soccer for the past 41 years, beginning his career as a two-year player in 1972 before serving as an assistant coach under Mario Marcopoli.  He became just the second coach in program history when he took over head coaching responsibilities in 1988 and has held the post ever since, winning six Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) championships during that span.

During his tenure, he has coached eight NJCAA All-Americans, 17 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and four NSCAA All-Americans in addition to countless all-conference and all-region selections.

September 29, 2012  Overtime Goal Sinks Men’s Soccer

DONALDSON, Ind. – Michael Maiorano’s (Whitby, Ontario) game-tying goal in the 84th minute would not stand for long as Ancilla College found the winner three minutes into the extra frame to sneak out a 2-1 victory on Saturday afternoon.  Lakeland drops to 5-8 overall and 3-7 in Region XII play with the loss.

The host Chargers took an early lead just under ten minutes in when Nakilee Weni drove home a loose rebound in front of goal for a 1-0 advantage.  The two teams would remain scoreless until Maiorano’s third goal of the season pulled the Lakers level with six minutes to play.  The sophomore defender has scored all three of his goals in the last three games since transitioning to the front line.

Manny Awuku ensured Ancilla of three points with a 93rd minute tally. 

The Lakers will host the University of Mount Union JV on Wednesday (Oct. 3) at 4:00 p.m.

September 26, 2012  |  Men Rout Tri-C 4-1

Michael Maiorano (Whitby, Ontario) and Jake Alicea (Lake Catholic HS) each scored a pair of goals to power the Lakeland men’s soccer team past visiting Cuyahoga 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon.  With the win, the Lakers improve to 5-7 overall and move into sole possession of fifth place in the region with a 3-6 record.  With the win, head coach Djuro Peric moves his career win total to 249 entering this weekend’s Region XII clash at Ancilla College.

Maiorano transitioned from the back line to a forward position for the first this season and made an immediate impact.  After taking a nice touch from Alicea at the top of the box, the sophomore slotted home the game’s first goal less than two minutes in to give the hosts an early 1-0 advantage.

Cuyahoga would pull level in the 26th minute when Richard VanHorne connected with Kamron Patterson to give the Challengers their only tally of the afternoon.  Sophomore goalkeeper Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) would keep the visitors off the board the rest of the way, making six saves in the process.

Alicea responded for his first goal of the afternoon on an assist from sophomore Jon-Michael Vieira to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead at the half.

Maiorano doubled the advantage in the 67th minute before Alicea buried the game’s final goal with just over five minutes to play.  Freshman midfielder Sebastian Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) issued the assist on both goals.

Lakeland travels to Donaldson, Ind. on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

September 17, 2012  |  Men Finish Second at Lakeland Invitational

The Lakeland men’s soccer team bounced back from a 5-1 loss in the opening match of the Lakeland Invitational by blanking Ancilla College 1-0 on Sunday afternoon to finish as the runners-up in the 41st installment of the Lakeland Invitational. 

Freshman Zeljko Musa scored the Lakers only goal of the day on Saturday afternoon in a 5-1 loss to tournament-champion Muskegon.  One day later, Jon-Michael Vieira’s second half goal off an indirect free kick helped the host’s shutout the Chargers.  Vieira was named the tournament’s best halfback by the opposing coaches, ensuring the award would stay with Lakeland for the second straight year after sophomore Samuel Mutemwa was selected in 2011.

Vieira was joined by classmates Ryongmyeong Cho and Jake Alicea on the All-Tournament team. 

Tournament Awards
First Place – Muskegon Community College
Second Place – Lakeland Community College
Third Place – Ancilla College
Fourth Place – Cuyahoga Community College

Best Forward – Manny Awuku, Ancilla College
Best Midfielder – Jon-Michael Vieira, Lakeland Community College
Best Defender – Ron Fisk, Muskegon Community College
MVP – Fredi Lopez, Muskegon Community College

All-Tournament Team
Ancilla College – Mike Calderon, Manny Awuku
Cuyahoga Community College – Alex Hradisky
Lakeland Community College – Jake Alicea, Ryongmyeong Cho, Jon-Michael Vieira
Muskegon Community College – Ron Fisk, Tyler Lane, Fredi Lopez, Tanner Schaap, Ryan Wagenmaker

September 13, 2012  |  Lakers Bounce Back, Shutout Mercyhurst NE

Lakeland men’s soccer scored three times in the opening half and preserved the shutout with solid defense throughout to defeat visiting Mercyhurst North East 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Mirko Bakula (Lake Catholic) opened the scoring in the 30th minute thanks to a Jon-Michael Viera (Whitby, Ontario) through ball on the left wing.  Bakula beat a pair of defenders and calmly tucked a shot inside the far post to put the Lakers on the board.

Five minutes later, Scott Scaperato (Lake Catholic) delivered a long pass from the midfield towards Ma’Cain Spragling (Brush), who beat the offsides trap and found himself one on one with the goalkeeper.  Spragling finished the play for his third goal of the season.

Zeljko Musa (Eastlake North) curled in the half’s final goal from the 18-yard line with just 15 seconds remaining in the opening half to give Lakeland its’ final goal of the afternoon.

Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) made just one save en route to the shutout.  Lakeland will host Muskegon CC on Saturday, September 15 to open the annual Lakeland Invitational at 3:00 p.m. 

September 5, 2012  |  Lakers Clip Tri-C on the Road

Ma'Cain Spragling
Ma'Cain Spragling scored for the second time in as many games and provided the eventual game winner on Wednesday. 
PARMA, Ohio – Lakeland capitalized on a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks by connecting twice in the first half on set pieces en route to a 3-1 victory over host Cuyahoga on Wednesday afternoon.  The Lakers pick up their first Region XII victory of the season in the process and improve to 2-3 overall (1-3 Region XII).

Augusto Ramirez (Onaway, Mich.) opened the scoring in the 14th minute after heading home a corner kick sent in by Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario).  Five minutes later, the Challengers’ Kameron Patterson knotted the game on a feed from Nikola Zegarac.

Freshman Ma’Cain Spragling (Brush) ensured things would not stay level for long when he volleyed home a corner kick from Sebastian Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) in the 22nd minute.  It was Spragling’s second goal in as many games and would stand as the eventual game winner.

Jon-Michael Vieira doubled the advantage in the 53rd minute with a deep strike when 25 yards out.  An All-Region selection as a freshman, Vieira has recorded three points in each of the last two games for the Lakers.

Lakeland will return to action on Sunday, September 9 when it plays host to Notre Dame College JV at 1:00 p.m. as a part of Parent’s Day.  

September 1, 2012  |  Furious Rally Falls Short for Men’s SoccerSebastian Vieira

JACKSON, Mich. – Host Jackson Community College raced out to a 4-0 halftime lead before holding off Lakeland Community College in the second half to pick up a key Region XII victory on Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers trimmed the deficit in half in the after the break behind goals from Jake Alicea (Lake Catholic) and Sebastian Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) before conceding the eventual game winner in the 70th minute.

Sophomore Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) set up freshman Ma’Cain Spragling (Brush) minutes later to pull the visitors to within two once again.  Vieira then pulled the

Lakers within one with ten minutes to play with his first tally of the season.  Lakeland was unable to pull level, though, and moved to 1-3-0 overall and 0-3-0 in Regional play with loss.

The Lakers travel to local rival Cuyahoga Community College on Wednesday (Sept. 5) for a 4:00 p.m. showdown with the Challengers.

August 31, 2012  |  Soccer Dropped by No. 6 Schoolcraft

LIVONIA, Mich. – Nationally ranked Schoolcraft College, who entered the 2012 season at No. 6, jumped out to a 6-0 halftime lead en route to an 8-1 victory over visiting Lakeland Community College on Friday afternoon.  Freshman Nikola Brnada (Willoughby South) scored the Lakers’ only goal in the 54th minute of play.

Sophomore goalkeeper Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) made eight saves on the day.

August 29, 2012  Soccer Blanks Jamestown for First Win
Brian Anderson
Anderson's first collegiate goal helped the Lakers pick up their first win of the season and improve to 1-1 overall.

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Lakeland Community College men’s soccer shutout visiting Jamestown Community College, 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon to improve to 1-1 on the season entering a weekend trip to Michigan.  Sophomore fullback Kenneth Austen (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) headed home the game’s first goal in the 27th minute before Brian Anderson (St. Ignatius) recorded his first collegiate tally in the second half.

Austen opened the scoring following a corner kick taken by freshman Sebastian Vieira (Whitby, Ontario).  Vieira’s corner kick sailed to the far post, where sophomore center back Michael Maiorano (Whitby, Ontario) headed it back across goal and into traffic.  Austen found some space at the goal line and made no mistake with the finish to put the hosts on top midway through the half. 

Anderson would extend the advantage with 15 minutes to play thanks in part to the work of Zeljko Musa (Eastlake North) on the left wing.  Musa beat a pair of defenders and laid the ball off to Anderson at the top of the box, whose one-timer found the back of the net and doubled the lead. 

The Lakers threatened with a pair of chances in the second half but were denied twice by the crossbar and post. 

Sophomore goalie Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) ensured the shutout by making six saves on the afternoon.

Lakeland improves to 1-1 with the win and will travel to Schoolcraft College on Friday (August 31) for a crucial Region XII matchup.  One day later LCC will take on Jackson CC in another conference clash. 

Box Score

August 25, 2012  Men Drop Season Opener at Muskegon

Abdel Rodriguez
Rodriguez made 11 saves on Saturday, one shy of his career high.
MUSKEGON, Mich. – The Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team fell to host Muskegon Community College, 4-0, to open the 2012 regular season on Saturday morning.  Muskegon outshot the Lakers 15-2 on the day and found the back of the net in the first 15 seconds of the opening half to take an early lead.

The hosts quickly doubled the advantage minutes later when Drew Maus (Muskegon, Mich.) converted on a feed from Tanner Schaap (Grand Haven, Mich.).  Michael Schmidt (Muskegon, Mich.) would extend the Jayhawks’ lead entering the half with an unassisted effort in the 24th minute.

Despite 11 saves from sophomore goalkeeper Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) – one shy of a career high – the Lakers were unable to close the gap in the second half.  Schmidt’s second of the day capped the scoring in the 66th minute on an assist from Ivan Navarrete (Grand Rapids, Mich.).

The Lakers will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they host Jamestown CC out of Region III in the home opener at 4:00 p.m.

August 20, 2012  |  Lakers Hold Off Alumni in Annual Match2012 Men's Soccer Alumni Game

KIRTLAND, Ohio – On Sunday, August 19 the Lakeland men’s soccer team welcomed former players from throughout the 43-year history of the program for the annual alumni game.  Participants spanning four decades of Lakeland soccer came out in support for a 90 minute match with the 2012 Lakers.

The Lakers host Lake Erie College on Tuesday (Aug. 21) in their final scrimmage before opening the regular season with a Region XII matchup at Muskegon CC on Saturday (Aug. 25) at 11:00 a.m.

August 17, 2012  Lakeland Soccer Will Hold Open Tryouts on August 19

Head coach Djuro Peric and the Lakeland men's soccer team will hold open tryouts on Sunday, August 19 beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Please bring a white t-shirt and black shorts.  Updated physical paperwork must be on file with Athletic Trainer Julie Phillips or brought to the tryouts.  Contact Coach Peric at for more information.

April 30, 2012  Lakeland Recognizes Student-Athletes at Year-End Banquet

As a part of the Athletic Awards Reception and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, the following team awards were given out by Head Coach Djuro Peric.

Most Improved Player – Kenneth Austen, freshman
Best Halfback – Jon-Michael Vieira, freshman
Best Defensive Player – Ryongmyeeong Cho, freshman
Most Valuable Player – Samuel Mutemwa, sophomore
Coaches Award – Abdel Rodriguez, freshman

January 23, 2012  |  Men's soccer team volunteers at Cleveland Food Bank

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November 29, 2011  |  Miller helps NDC soccer to perfect season

EUCLID, Ohio – In his first season with the Notre Dame (Ohio) College men’s soccer team former Laker Dean Miller (Johannesburg, South Africa) helped the Falcons to their first undefeated season in program history and an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Championship.Dean Miller

Miller finished tied for fifth on the team in goals (10), tied for second in assists (6), and fifth in points with 26.  The former Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) offensive player of the year and league MVP notched a pair of game-winning goals and was one of only five players to see action in all 19 matches this season. 

The Falcons finished the year 19-0-0, outscoring their opponents 75-13 along the way.  Miller was a key contributor to an offense which averaged just under four goals per game.   

As a freshman, Miller helped Lakeland to a 10-4-4 overall record including a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play.  He was named the league’s offensive player of the year and MVP after posting 12 goals and eight assists in his inaugural season. 

One year later, Miller earned a variety of individual accolades including First Team All-Region XII and Second Team NSCAA All-North Region.  He was also chosen as OCCAC midfielder of the year.   He finished the seaon with a team-high 22 points on ten goals and two assists. 

November 27, 2011  |  Conde earns All-Horizon League honors for second straight season|

Former Laker Manuel Conde (Caracas, Venezuela) was named First Team All-Horizon League after completing final season with Cleveland State University.  Conde appeared in 17 games including 14 starts, helping guide CSU to a 9-9-1 overall record (5-3-1 Horizon League).
As a junior, Conde earned a spot on the All-Horizon League Second Team and Newcomer Team after leading the Vikings in assists (4) and points (10).  He played in all 20 of CSU’s games while earning 17 starts.

The former OCCAC Midfielder of the Year also earned All-Region XII honors while at LCC, helping the Lakers to a 21-12-5 record during his two years.  In 2008, Conde and the Lakers finished 6-0-0 in conference play en route to the top seed in the Region XII tournament.  

In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Conde was a STAR student-athlete who maintained a 4.0 GPA through his two years at Lakeland.

All-Region XII Selections
October 31, 2011 Men’s soccer places two on all-region team

Fresh off a pair of first team all-conference selections, midfielders Samuel Mutemwa (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) were each named all-Region XII over the weekend. 

Mutemwa earns regional accolades for the second straight year.  As a freshman, he was named second team all-Region XII in addition to first team all-conference.  In his final season with the Lakers, Mutemwa earned first team all-Region XII and first team all-OCCAC honors after leading the team in goals (8), assists (5), and points (21). 

Vieira earned second team all-Region XII honors in his inaugural season with Lakeland.  He contributed six goals and two assists from the midfield en route to a pair of postseason awards. 

For a complete list of the 2011 All-Region XII team, click here.

2011 All-OCCAC Selections

October 27, 2011 Mutemwa headlines four all-conference selections

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Sophomore midfielder Samuel Mutemwa (Johannesburg, South Africa) has been named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) midfielder of the year after leading the Lakers in goals, assists, and points.  Mutemwa was also named first team all-conference for the second straight year.

Freshman midfielder Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) also earned first team all-conference recognition in his first year with the Lakers. 

Freshman Ryongmyeong Cho (Seoul, South Korea) and sophomore defender Romain Sioblo (Cleveland, Ohio / Lakewood) each earned a second team all-conference nod. 

Mutemwa led the Lakers with eight goals and five assists for 21 points.  In addition to the conference honors, Mutemwa was named Best Midfielder at the 40th Annual Lakeland Invitational in mid-September after leading the hosts to a second place finish.  A two-year starter, he recorded nine goals and ten assists during his tenure with the Lakers.  

Vieira flanked Mutemwa in the middle of the field throughout the season, registering six goals and a pair of assists for 14 points.  He assumed the direct kick duties and converted a pair of set pieces during the year.  The freshman is poised for a breakout season in 2012. 

In his first year with Lakeland, Cho split time between the midfield and the back line.  The freshman scored once and helped the Lakers’ defense earn a pair of shutouts. 

Sioblo was a fixture at right back all year long, consistently marking the opposition’s top offensive threat. 

The future of Lakeland soccer is bright with the anticipated return of Vieira, Cho, and a handful of freshmen from the 2011 season.  With a handful of newcomers earning valuable experience this season, the Lakers will look to make a return trip to the Region XII tournament in 2012.

October 8-9, 2011  Men split weekend series at Muskegon

Needing to come away with six points to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Lakeland men’s soccer teams settled for a split with host Muskegon over the weekend.  The Lakers opened the series with a 2-1 win on Friday afternoon before the Jayhawks rallied on Saturday to walk away with a 3-2 victory and clinch a Region XII tournament berth. 

Lakeland goalkeeper Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) went the distance on Friday, recording nine saves and allowing just one goal to earn the win.  Sophomores George Shakarashvili (Republic of Georgia) and Samuel Mutemwa (Johannesburg, South Africa) each scored for the visitors while Mutemwa and freshman Augusto Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) tallied assists. Shakarashvili opened the scoring in the 22nd minute before Mutemwa doubled the lead six minutes later with his team-leading seventh goal of the season. 

The hosts trimmed the deficit to one just before the half and outshot the Lakers 5-3 in the second frame but were denied by Rodriguez on every opportunity.   

The win snapped a five game slide for the Lakers and moved them within four points of the Jayhawks for the sixth and final spot in the Region XII tournament. 

Lakeland jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Saturday thanks to a goal from freshman Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario).  Samuel Mutemwa stretched the advantage to 2-0 after converting a penalty kick in the second half but Muskegon responded with three unanswered goals, including two in the final nine minutes, to steal the win and secure a spot in the postseason. 

A victory could have moved Lakeland (5-8, 4-8 Region XII) within one point of Muskegon.  After a win on Sunday against Cuyahoga, the Jayhawks are nine points clear of the Lakers and tied for fourth in Region XII.  Lakeland trails Jackson CC by nine points with three conference games to play.  Jackson needs to earn just a single point over its final four games to secure the six-seed in the tournament.

September 28, 2011  |  Men's Soccer
The game times and location of this weekend’s Cuyahoga CC Tournament have been changed.  The two-day tournament will be played at two different sites.  The Saturday, October 1 games have been relocated to Pinnacle in Medina, Ohio.  The Sunday, October 2 games will be played at Krenzler Field at Cleveland State University.  For more information on both facilities, please click the link below:

Pinnacle  |  Krenzer Field 

Saturday, October 1 (Pinnacle in Medina, Ohio):
5:30 p.m. Cuyahoga CC vs. Jackson CC
7:30 p.m. Lakeland CC vs. Schoolcraft College

Sunday, October 2 (Krenzler Field, Cleveland State University):
11:30 a.m. Cuyahoga CC vs. Schoolcraft College
1:30 p.m. Lakeland CC vs. Jackson CC

September 18, 2011  Men blank Notre Dame JV, win second straight

KIRTLAND, Ohio - The Lakeland men’s soccer team made it two in a row with a 2-0 win over visiting Notre Dame College JV on Sunday afternoon.  Freshmen Michael Maiorano (Whitby, Ontario) and Bernard Tomicic (Fojnica, Ohio / Willoughby South) each scored for the Lakers, who improved to 4-3 overall with the win.

Tomicic opened the scoring in the 16th minute after corralling a deflection off a Maiorano shot.  With the Notre Dame keeper already at the top of the box, Tomicic tucked a left-footed effort just underneath the cross bar from 20 yards out.  It was the second of the season for the newcomer.

Just over three minutes later, Maiorano entered into the scoring column after collecting a feed from sophomore forward George Shakarishvili (Republic of Georgia).  Maiorano controlled Shakarishvili’s skipping header on the right wing and beat the keeper low to give the hosts a 2-0 lead entering the break.

Sophomore forward Michael Venditti’s (Willoughby, Ohio / Willoughby South) second half shot caromed  off the cross bar, but neither team could find the back of the net in the final 45 minutes of play.

Freshman goalkeeper Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) made three saves en route to his second shutout of the season. 

Lakeland returns to action on Wednesday (Sept. 21) for a pivotal Region XII matchup with Owens CC in Toledo.

September 10, 2011  |  Men’s soccer participates in rain-shortened Lakeland Invitational40th Annual Lakeland Invitational

KIRTLAND, Ohio - On Saturday, September 10, the Lakeland men’s soccer team hosted the 40th Annual Lakeland Invitational.  The two-day tournament, which was cut short this year due to field conditions, featured four Region XII teams in Lakeland, Cuyahoga, Ancilla, and Muskegon.  Ancilla took the tournament opener in the form of a 6-0 win over Lakeland before Muskegon blanked Cuyahoga 5-0.

On September 8-9, 1972, the first Lakeland CC team participated in the inaugural Invitational.  That team, which included current Lakeland President Dr. Morris Beverage and current head coach Djuro Peric, was honored 40 years later during halftime of the Lakers' game.

September 7, 2011  |  Men’s soccer bounces back with 5-0 win over Cuyahoga
KIRTLAND, Ohio – Lakeland Community College ended a two game slide with a 5-0 win over visiting Cuyahoga Community College in NJCAA men’s soccer action Wednesday afternoon.  The Lakers improved to 2-2 on the young season (2-2 Region XII) while the Challengers fall to 0-3-1 overall and 0-3 in region play.

Freshman forward John Russell (Mentor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) opened the scoring just under 15 minutes in after taking a long feed from sophomore defender Romain Sioblo (Cleveland / Lakewood).  Five minutes later, freshman Michael Maiorano (Whitby, Ontario) doubled the lead thanks to an assist from sophomore captain Samuel Mutemwa (Johannesburg, South Africa). 

Mutemwa closed out the first half with a pair of unassisted tallies to give the hosts a comfortable 4-0 lead entering the break.  Just four minutes from time, freshman midfielder Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario) converted a direct kick to cap the scoring.  Freshman goalkeeper Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) made seven saves in net to earn the shutout win.

Lakeland returns to action on Saturday for day one of the 40th Annual Lakeland Invitational.  The Lakers will host Ancilla College at 1:30 p.m.

August 28, 2011  |  Lakeland cruises past Delta in season opener

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Six players tallied goals, including a pair from freshman midfielder Jon-Michael Vieira (Whitby, Ontario / All Saints Secondary School), to propel the Lakeland Community College men’s soccer team to a convincing 7-2 win over host Delta College in the season opener.  Sophomore Samuel Mutemwa (Johannesburg, South Africa / Sandringham) chipped in a goal and two assists in the win while freshman goalkeeper Abdel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, Nev. / S.E.C.T.A) made four saves to pick up his first collegiate win.

Vieira converted a penalty kick in the ninth minute to open the scoring for the Lakers.  Mutemwa then found freshman midfielder Michael Maiorano (Whitby, Ontario / Fr. Leo J. Austin C.S.S.) in the 39th minute for the visitors’ second of the day.  With just 15 seconds remaining in the first half, Maiorano linked up with classmate John Russell (Mentor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) to extend the lead entering the break.

Mutemwa’s second assist of the afternoon came in the 56th minute when he connected with freshman Bernard Tomicic (Fojnica, Ohio / Willoughby South) to open the second half scoring.  Sophomore George Shakarashvilli (Republic of Georgia / Gymnasium 2) found Michael Tronko (Solon, Ohio / Orange) 11 minutes later for the Lakers’ fifth of the day.

Vieira put a direct kick in the back of the net at the 84-minute mark before Mutemwa closed out the scoring with a penalty kick exactly three minutes later.

Rodriguez picked up the win in net after allowing one goal in 80 minutes.

The seven goals are the most for a Lakeland team since a 10-0 win over Kellogg on September 9, 2007.  The Lakers have won six of their last seven season openers, with the lone exception coming in the form of a 2-2 tie with Macomb in 2008.

Lakeland takes the week off until back-to-back road games against Schoolcraft and Jackson on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Schoolcraft, currently ranked No. 10 in the latest NSCAA National Rankings, opened the season with a 1-1 draw against No. 2 Cincinnatti State before a 3-2 win over South Suburban (Ill.) College.  Jackson opened the year with a 1-0 win over Marygrove College.  The two sides will meet on Wednesday before welcoming the Lakers over the weekend.

 Trifonovs Signs With Urbana University

Antons Trifonovs, former goalkeeper for Lakeland has signed with Urbana University.  Urbana University is an NCAA Division II institution with a highly competitive soccer program.  Trifonovs is excited to continue his soccer career at Urbana where he will major in Business Management.  For Lakeland Trifonovs was named to the OCCAC 2nd Team as well as being named Player of the Week.  As a second year player, Antons was extremely instrumental in helping the Lakers to be successful.  His leadership in goal and directing young freshmen defenders on the back line will be missed next year.

Antons Trifonovs is pictured with Athletic Director, Scott Barlow, Lakeland President, Dr. Morris Beverage, and Coach, Djuro Peric.

Lakeland Graduate Earns Honors at Cleveland State University

Manuel Conde is making a place for himself at Cleveland State University.  Conde graduated from Lakeland in the spring of 2010.  While at Lakeland Conde maintained a 4.0 gpa and was an outstanding player for the soccer team.  This year Conde went on to play at Cleveland State University where he was selected to the second team All-Horizon League.  In addition to this honor Conde was also selected to the All-Newcomer team. 

OCCAC 2010 Men’s Soccer Award Winners

This past week the OCCAC coaches voted for the top players of the conference.  There were several players from Lakeland that were named to the All-Conference teams.   First Team All-Conference from Lakeland are Dean Miller, Samuel Mutemwa, and Juan Pacheco.  In addition to making First Team Dean Miller was also awarded Midfielder of the Year. Second Team honors from Lakeland went to Antons Trifonovs and Jeffrey Sweigert.

Congratulations to the Lakers on a great season!

October 11, 2010  --  After an extremely close vote by the soccer committee, we are happy to announce that Goalie, Antons Trifonovs of Lakeland has been selected as the OCCAC Soccer Player of the Week.  As a second year player, Antons was extremely instrumental in getting two shutouts this past weekend.  His leadership in goal and directing young freshmen defenders on the back line helped the Lakers win two conference games.  Antons had 5 saves each game on 10 and 7 shots on goal.  It was Antons fifth shutout in the Conference this season.

Congratulations to Antons and to Coach Djuro Peric of the Lakers Soccer Team for an outstanding week.

October 6, 2010  --  Last weekend Lakeland’s Soccer Team defeated Kellogg Community College and Jackson Community College winning The Cuyahoga Tournament.  Lakeland faced Kellogg on Saturday winning with a score of 4-0.  Scoring for the Lakers was Dean Miller with 2 goals and 1 assist, Robert Derezic with 1 goal, Brandon Cruz with 1 goal, and Antons Trifonovs and Akram El-Nady each with an assist.  On Sunday the Lakers won a hard fought game against Jackson Community College with a score of 2-1.  Akram El-Nady and Brandon Cruz each scored a goal.  They were assisted by Samuel Mutemwa and Dean Miller.  Named to the All-Tournament Team from Lakeland were Antons Trifonovs, Brandon Cruz, Emmanuel Valderrama, Dean Miller, and Juan Pacheco.

39th Annual Lakeland Soccer Invitational

September 11 – September 12, 2010 --
 Lakeland Community College hosted its 39th Annual Lakeland Soccer Invitational. This is one of the longest running tournaments at the junior college level.  Lakeland’s president, Dr. Morris Beverage and Lakeland’s head soccer coach, Djuro Peric played in the very first Invitational.  The Lakers hosted Ancilla Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Delta Community College in this two day tournament.  Despite the on and off rain Lakeland was able to come out on top, winning the Invitational.  On Saturday the Lakers beat Ancilla by a score of 4-0.  Scoring for the Lakers were sophomore Dean Miller with two goals, freshman Alfred Majer, and sophomore goal keeper, Antons Trifounous, scoring a penalty kick.  After a long and hard fought match on Sunday, going into two ten minute overtime periods, the Lakers drew to Delta 1-1.  Scoring the only goal for Lakeland was freshman Emmanuel Valderrama. 

The All-Tournament Team, voted on by the coaches, was Boban Cancar from Cuyahoga, Cody Koesters and Cesar Landin from Ancilla, Josh McIntosh, Danny Reyes, and Sergio Lopez from Delta, and Sammy Mutemwa, Emmanuel Valderrama, Brandon Cruz, Juan Pacheco, and Jeffrey Sweigert from Lakeland.  Ancilla’s Cody Koesters was named “Best Forward”, Delta’s Josh McIntosh was named “Best Goalkeeper”, and Lakeland’s Sammy Mutemwa was named “Best Halfback”.  The MVP of the tournament was Lakeland’s Brandon Cruz.

Conde Continues to Collect Honors and Awards

The soccer season ended many months ago, but the accolades for sophomore halfback Manuel Conde kept coming right through Lakeland’s commencement ceremony.

Conde graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Science degree and a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  He was a finalist for the Dean’s Award and was a commencement speaker.

A few days before graduation, he was honored as the 2010 Outstanding Mathematics Student.  Earlier he had been inducted into Lakeland Mathematics Honor Society, Mu Aplhpa Delta.  He is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Conde was one of two Lakeland students honored at the Ohio State House as a member of the All Ohio Academic Team, and received a $500 scholarship with that honor.

At Lakeland’s annual athletic banquet, Conde was lauded as the college’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for demonstrating outstanding academic progress, leadership and character and for making significant contributions to his team.  He was also his team’s representative for Male Athlete of the Year and was named his team’s Best Halfback.

All of these honors come after a rather significant list of post-season honors.  He was a named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference first team for the second consecutive year; and was the conference’s Midfielder of the Year.  

He was named second team NJCAA Region XII and the NSCAA’s Division I Junior College All-North Region second team.

His on the field accomplishments have earned him an NCAA Division I scholarship to play soccer at Cleveland State University where he will study mechanical engineering.  Long range goals include obtaining a Master’s of Business Administration degree, as well as some day studying at MIT.

Manuel Conde was not only an accomplished soccer player and student; he was a valued teammate, friend and member of the Lakeland Community.  

This native of Caracas, Venezuela was never at a loss for company.  His friendly smile and accommodating demeanor helped him make friends all over campus whether with his teammates or other athletes, his co-workers at Breakers, classmates or members of the faculty or staff. 

Lakeland soccer coach Djuro Peric says that while Conde will be missed, he is sure that he will continue to have much success.     

S.T.A.R. Student Athletes

The Athletic Department at Lakeland Community College strives for academic excellence, as much as it does athletic excellence.  The department has implemented the S.T.A.R. program (Striving Towards Academic Responsibility) to help our athletes achieve their academic goals, and recognizes those student-athletes who achieve a 3.0 GPA while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

The Lakeland soccer program consistently leads the Athletic Department in academic achievement.

During the 2009-2010 school year, ten of the eighteen players on this roster achieved at least a 3.0 GPA during the fall semester and nine of them did it again in the spring.  Manuel Conde and Steven Collins posted perfect 4.0s in the fall and Sebastian Rodriguez had a 4.0 in the spring.

Spring S.T.A.R. students were:  Juan Aguinaga, Steven Collins, Manuel Conde, Mario Duvnjak, Dean Miller, Pedro Ribeiro, Sebastian Rodriguez, Daniel Rosbottom and Anton Trifonovs.  (It should also be noted that four soccer players carried 18 credit hours or more – up to 23 – this spring, and their GPAs  ranged between 2.95 and 3.80)

Fall S.T.A.R. students were:  Juan Aquinaga, Steven Collins, Manuel Conde, Aldo Maiorano, Dean Miller, Miroslav Pezer, Sebastian Rodriguez, Patrick Sheridan, David Shook and Antons Trifonovs.

Players of the Week

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