CONCORDIA, Kansas — The NJCAA All-Region VI and KJCCC West teams were released for men's and women's soccer on Wednesday, with 15 Cloud County Community College student-athletes receiving recognition. Cloud County head coach James Ross received some postseason hardware, as well, as he swept Coach of the Year in the KJCCC West for men and women's soccer.
The Cloud County men's soccer team, the back-to-back defending KJCCC West champions, had four players voted All-Region and eight total players recognized by the KJCCC this fall.
Sophomore forward Luiz Garcia was the unanimous Offensive Player of the Year for the Region VI and KJCCC West, and a First-Team for conference and region following his 20-goal season; the third best single-season mark in school history.
Joining him on the First-Team All-Region and All-Conference lists were Cloud County sophomore captains, Rafael Santos and Alan Brandao. It marked the second time in their careers that Santos and Brandao have been awarded First-Team All-Region VI honors.
Santos scored four goals and finished with three assists during his sophomore campaign, while Brandao, who missed nine games this season due to a head injury, had two goals in eight games while anchoring the T-Birds' back row as center back.
Sophomore transfer Robert Kelly, a First-Team All-KJCCC West selection, was the fourth Cloud County student-athlete on the men's All-Region VI teams. The midfielder out of Kansas City, MO. had two goals and two assists this fall.
As for Cloud County women's soccer team, which won the Region VI Championship in its first season since being reactivated, it too had four players named to the Region VI All-Region teams.
Freshman forward Joana Villanova and freshman center back Ingrid Castro each received the nod as First-Team All-Region VI players for the T-Birds, with Castro taking home Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Region VI and KJCCC West.
Castro was no slouch offensively, either, as she finished tied for fifth on the team in goals with six.
Villanova led all Cloud County players with 15 goals, including two game-winners and two in the 3-0 Region VI semi-final upset victory over No. 16 ranked Butler Community College.
Vergara tied Villanova for the team lead in points this season with 34, including a team-high 12 assists as she quarterbacked the T-Birds offensive attack. She ranked second on the team with 11 goals, tying her with de Castro, who provided one of the big highlights of the season when she went off for five goals against Garden City back on Sept. 7. The performance by de Castro netted her conference and national Player of the Week.
Freshman defenseman Hollie Johnston joined Castro as a First-Team All-Conference selection in the KJCCC West, while freshmen midfielders Maria Barbosa and Katherine Rojas each earned Second-Team All-Conference nods.