Collier & Pedigo Lead Crowder Roughriders To NJCAA Regional Semifinals

Bryce Collier (Hillcrest) and Trevor Pedigo (Kickapoo), Crowder Roughriders (2011)
Bryce Collier (Hillcrest) and Trevor Pedigo (Kickapoo), Crowder Roughriders (2011)
It’s playoff time across many of the leagues and that includes the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). For Missouri, that means the Region 16 playoffs. Region 16 is made up of the 8 programs within the State of Missouri, including the Crowder Roughriders, based in Neosho (the entire list is below). After finishing the regular season 10-6, the Crowder College Roughriders earned the No. 1 seed in the Region XVI tournament, earning them a home game against Maple Woods, who had defeated Crowder 3-0 in Neosho two weeks earlier.

The Neosho Daily News has done a marvelous job of covering the Roughriders season and most of this article is based upon their reports. Like this one from the Quarterfinal win last Saturday:

Maple Woods and Crowder College are no strangers when it comes to the Region XVI soccer playoffs. Two years ago, the Roughriders eliminated Maple Woods from the postseason in the quarterfinal round, and last year the Monarchs put an end to Crowder’s second season of competition in the semifinal round in St. Louis.

A first-half goal from Edson Frasnelli gave the Roughriders the lead at 1-0, and then a penalty kick goal off the boot of Crowder leading scorer Bryce Collier with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation sealed the 2-0 shutout. The Roughriders will make their second-consecutive trip to the Final Four and will play a semifinal game in the Region XVI tournament Friday in St. Louis. If they win, the championship game will be played Sunday in the Gateway City.

Continuing with Daily News coverage

The Roughriders will face St. Charles Community College at 2 p.m. Friday on the campus of St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. The Roughriders and St. Charles Community College met once this season, with Crowder picking up a 3-1 victory on Oct. 3.

St. Charles advanced in the regional tournament with a 1-0 victory over St. Louis Community College-Forest Park in the quarterfinal round Saturday. The Cougars are led by Jared Ray’s six goals and eight assists for 20 points. Robert Bajier can also put the ball in the net with four goals and three assists.

Bryce Collier ranks as Crowder’s leading scorer with 11 goals and five assists for 27 points. Tarcisio Yamamoto (#12, freshman from San Paulo, Brazil) has six goals and three assists, and Giafranco Panto (#21, freshman from Cabudare, Venezuela) has six goals and two assists for the Roughriders.

I will be in attendance at the game Friday so look for my report and photos from the game. I did some reporting of my own as well and have this to add to the story, courtesy of Roughrider’s Coach Brad Smith who has led the program the entire three years of existence. I asked him to tell me about the roles that Bryce (Hillcrest 2009/Springfield SC) and teammate Trevor Pedigo (Kickapoo 2009/Springfield SC) have played this year:

Bryce had 6 goals and 1 assist as a freshman. With his 11 goals and 5 assists this season, he is now the season and career holder of goals, assists and total points.

Bryce has been outstanding for us. He has matured as a player and now looks at himself as the leader of the team. He has also accepted his role as an outside midfielder and has become very difficult to defend.

Trevor is the unquestioned leader of our defense. He has improved tremendously with quality playing time and has developed into a quality central defender. He exudes confidence and is able to organize and direct our defense which has a school record of six shutouts this year. Previous was 3 last year.

As noted, the team plays in the semifinals for the second straight year on Friday. Look for photos and a story on this website. A win moves the Roughriders to the Finals on Sunday and the winner goes on to face the Region 24 Champion (State of Illinois) on November 6, 2010 at Region 24 winner. The District winner becomes a quarterfinalist in the National Championship which is being held November 18-21 at Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas. Last year’s representative was Barton County CC (Kansas), a team the Roughriders beat 2-1 in two OT’s earlier this year :)

Crowder College – Soccer I
East Central College – Soccer I
Jefferson College – Soccer I
MCC-Blue River – Soccer I
MCC-Maple Woods – Soccer I
St. Charles Community College – Soccer I
St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley – Soccer I
St. Louis Community College-Forest Park – Soccer I