The Dakota County Technical College men’s soccer program has grown and developed beyond expectations in its first season of varsity competition.
The team, made up entirely of freshmen finished the season strong this last weekend, ending its inaugural year with a respectable 9-12-0 record.
On Oct. 29, the Knights won their very first playoff game by beating Scott Community College (Bettendorf, IA) 3-2 in the regional quarterfinal. That win advanced DCTC to the semifinal round on Saturday vs. tournament host Marshalltown Community College.
The previous week, the Blue Knights had upset Marshalltown 3-1 knocking them out of the national rankings. In the regional semifinal, DCTC found themselves behind 3-1 at halftime, before scoring two goals and pressing towards a late game win.
However, Marshalltown hung on to force overtime and eventually scored on a corner kick scramble in front of the Blue Knights goal.
Asked to sum up the men’s season, Coach Cam Stoltz pointed out that “DCTC played a top-20 caliber schedule against many scholarship level programs.”
“While this is the level we want to play, we look forward to this team being a year older, a year wiser and using the pioneering steps these men have taken, to recruit additional players who will keep our program on the rise, both as a regional power and a program that is recognized nationally,” he said.