T-Birds suffer first loss on the road against NOC-Tonkawa

Freshman goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque had three saves in Cloud County's 1-0 loss to NOC-Tonkawa
Freshman goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque had three saves in Cloud County's 1-0 loss to NOC-Tonkawa

TONKAWA, Oklahoma — The Cloud County Community College men's soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2017 season on Tuesday, falling 1-0 on the road against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa.

For the T-Birds (1-1 overall), the loss snapped a mini two-game win streak they had against the Mavericks (2-0) over the past two seasons.

"Northern Oklahoma just beat us for 90 straight minutes," said Cloud County head coach, James Ross. "They (Mavericks) had a beautiful goal early in the second half and that was the difference. They were just better than us (Tuesday)."

Ross added that Cloud began the contest sluggish and struggled to produce scoring chances against a NOC-Tonkawa team that dictated much of Tuesday's action from start to finish.

In net, Cloud County freshman goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque finished the afternoon with six saves.

Ross hopes the early non-conference loss will serve as a catalyst for the nationally ranked T-Birds, who have high hopes of repeating as champions of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) West and Plains District, as well as a return trip to the national tournament.

"We're going to have to get the men's team figured out," Ross said. "We have a lot of work to do if we're going to make it out of our conference."

Cloud County will get a week off before opening KJCCC West play next Thursday, September 7 on the road against Garden City Community College. The T-Birds and Broncbusters will get that game underway at 4 p.m.