District G Tournament Is Up Next for
MCCC Women's Soccer Team


West Windsor, N.J. - The Mercer County Community College women's soccer team is trying to qualify for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championships the old-fashioned way - by earning it against some talented district-level opponents.

Coach Jodie Ricciardi's Vikings, fresh off winning their second straight Region 19 championship, travel to Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., for the District G Tournament this weekend, NOv. 6-8. On Friday, MCCC faces Region 21 champion Community College of Rhode Island in a 2 p.m. matchup. CCRI notched a 6-0 win over the Vikings on Sept. 19. The Vikings' defense, anchored by back Marissa Segal (Hightstown, N.J.) and goalie Brianna Byrne (Hightstown, N.J.), will try to find a way to shut down a CCRI offense that is led by high-scorers Katy MacAndrew and Alexis Smith.

The winner of that game faces host Monroe, which has won the last 11 Region 3 titles, in the district final on Sunday. A berth in the national tournament will be on the line in the district final.

MCCC brings a 16-4-1 record into the weekend, including a 5-0-1 mark over its last six games. Forwards Kasey Kenny (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Carolyn Walters (Hamilton, N.J.) have fueled the Vikings' big season offensively.

Players enjoy a light moment at halftime.
Photo by Frank Summers
Brianna Byrne, right, anchors the defense in goal.
Photo by Frank Summers

In other Region 19 action, the men's soccer team suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Essex CC (13-2-2) on Oct. 31, knocking the Vikings out of the play-offs for the first time since 2000. The Vikings ended their season with a record of 15-2.


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