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Year In Review

The men's soccer season was cut short by a 0-1 loss to rival Essex in the Region 19 Championship game hosted by Essex. This prevented the MCCC men's team from making their ninth straight trip to the Division I National Championship, which could have been a home tournament for the Vikings as Mercer played host to the Championship in 2009. Despite the tough loss to Essex, Mercer had another solid season, finishing 14-2, ranked 10th in the nation and earning the Garden State Athletic Conference title. During the regular season, MCCC defeated Essex (3-0) and Louisburg (1-0), who both qualified for the Division I National Championship. In January, Head Coach Charlie Inverso announced his resignation from MCCC, ending a 24 year run and finishing with a career record of 406-47-13. Long-time Assistant Coach Larry Povia was named the new Head Coach and will look to lead Mercer back to the National Championship. All-Garden State Athletic Conference players Amit Aburmad (Tel Aviv, Israel) (1st Team forward) and Ido Ligety (Tivan, Israel) (1st Team Midfielder) both earned Division I Scholarships to play soccer, Aburmad at Boston College abd Ligety at St. John's. Sophomore Frank Tweneboa (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken HS) was named the top player in Region 19 and earned NJCAA First Team All-American Honors. Joining Aburmad and Tweneboa on All-Region 19 First Team was freshman goalie Sean Duble (West Cocoa, FL/Merritt Islan HS), who was also named to First Team All-GSAC. Ido Ligety also excelled in the classroom, earning NJCAA Academic All-American Honors and winning the Male Scholar Athlete Award. Sophomores Luigi Moriello (Trenton, NJ/Notre Dame HS) and Darnell Edwards (Silver Springs, MD/DeMatha Catholic HS) will both continue their soccer careers at College of New Jersey and UNC Wilmington, respectively. The Vikings will also lose the efforts and hustle of Nigel Blair (Fort Lauderdale, FL/American Heritage School), Israel Delgado (East Windsor, NJ/Hightstown HS), Julian Ward (Abington, PA/Abington HS) and goalkeeper David Schindewolf (Robbinsville, NJ/Lawrence HS). Coach Povia will look for leadership from returning players Robin Patton (Berlin, Germany), Mark Pratico (Trenton, NJ/Notre Dame HS), Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, NY/Queens HS), Rockie Kazouh (Trenton, NJ/Assembly of God Mission).