Cougar Soccer

** Kewley hired as new head coach **

Barton men's soccer team posing with the 2012 Region VI Championship trophy
** KJCCC & Region VI Champions **

Cougars finish season 16-3-1 on season, 10-0 in conference
Ranked #5 in NSCAA Div I Poll - Ranked #6 in NJCAA Div I Poll

** KJCCC Championship photos can be found HERE **


Kewley takes over Barton men’s soccer program

Barton Community College’s Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Kevin Kewley Tuesday evening as the new head coach of the men’s soccer team.   Kewley becomes only the third coach in Barton’s nationally renowned and Region VI powerhouse men’s soccer program.   Arriving from fellow region school Pratt Community College, Kewley began the men’s soccer program at Pratt three years ago compiling a 27-25-1 record including a 10-6-0 season last year.  Kewley replaces Oliver Twelvetrees who recently departed to begin the men’s soccer program at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Florida.  MORE

Region Championship returns home as No. 6 Cougars shut out Johnson County to win title

Barton men's soccer Head Coach Oliver Twelvetrees and Assistant Coach Daniel Macleod posing with Region VI Championship trophy The Region VI men’s soccer championship trophy returns to Great Bend as the No. 6 ranked Barton Community College men’s soccer team defeated Johnson County Community College 2-0 on Sunday at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park.  The Cougars’ Sam McCrillis scored a goal in each half as the Cougars won its fifth Region VI Championship and third title in the last four years.   Barton earned its way into the championship game with an identical 2-0 score on Saturday over Dodge City Community College.   Under seventh year head coach Oliver Twelvetrees, Barton has won four region titles and is one game away from a return trip to nationals.  Next up for the 16-2-1 Cougars will be the Plains District Championship on Saturday, November 3, at an opponent to be named later this week.  MORE (Photos by Everett Royer of )

Quick start propels Cougars to 7-1 first round playoff victory

Barton’s Hector Mata battles two Northwest Kansas Technical College defenders in first half action It only took the Cougars two minutes to score and only six minutes to get the winning goal as the No. 7 ranked Barton Community College men’s soccer team blitzed Northwest Kansas Technical College 7-1 Tuesday at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex in first-round action of the Region VI playoffs.   The scoring duo of conference player of the week Ebu Camara and Sam McCrillis accounted for the first three Barton goals as the Cougars raced out to a 4-0 lead with just under eighteen minutes into the contest.  Despite Northwest getting a first half goal to draw within 4-1 at halftime, the Cougars put the Mavericks away scoring three goals in fourteen minutes late in the contest.  Next up for the top-seeded 14-2-1 Cougars will be a trip to Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park in the regional semifinals on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. against 12-7-0 Dodge City Community College.  Barton defeated the Conquistadors 3-2 on September 5 but needed a goal in the game’s last three minutes to get the win.  Dodge City, who finished fourth in the regional standings, is coming off back-to-back 1-0 shutout victories over Pratt Community College.  The winner of the Barton-Dodge contest will play in the Region VI Championship game at noon Sunday.  

Cougars attack for 6-0 shutout victory; Sets sights for region tournament

Barton's Jovanny Bonilla in 2nd half action vs KCK CCThe No. 7 ranked Barton men’s soccer team showed no signs of a letdown in scoring a 6-0 victory over Kansas City Kansas Community College Wednesday at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex.   Peppering the Bluedevil defense with twenty-eight shots, the Cougars scored three in each half to finish up the 2012 regular season.  Led by Hays freshman Ebu Camara’s hat-trick plus an assist, the second wave of Cougar players were just as effective in attacking and preserving the win.  The top-seeded Cougars enter Region VI playoffs on Tuesday with a 13-2-1 overall record and an undefeated 10-0-0 conference/region record while KCK slips to the sixth seed at 6-8-2 overall and 4-5-1 in conference and region play.   Barton will host the winner of Saturday’s Hesston College-Northwest Kansas Technical College game on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex.  MORE

2012 Barton men's soccer team - 2012 KJCCC Champions
Cougars dominate in battle of national powers; Clinch conference title

Gonzalo Gelso and his teammates celebrate his first half goal in Barton men's soccer team's Saturday 4-0 victory over Cloud County CCIt’s been almost a year since that fateful day in Topeka that ended the Cougars’ 2011 season.  Saturday the Barton men’s soccer team unleashed a portion of revenge on their tormentor as the No. 9 ranked Cougars dominated the No. 7 ranked Cloud County Community College Thunderbirds 4-0 at Cougar Field.   Barton jumped on the defending NJCAA Champions with three first half goals in route to the victory which assures the Cougars at least a share of the conference championship.  The Cougars’ championship is the seventh in the past ten years and the fourth of Coach Oliver Twelvetrees’ seven years at the helm.  Barton, 12-2-1 overall and 9-0-0 in conference, can clinch the title outright with a victory to wrap up regular season play on Wednesday against Kansas City Kansas Community College.  Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex.  MORE

No. 9 Cougars build big first half lead in cruising to 5-0 win; Battle of nationally ranked conference teams looms

The No. 9 ranked Cougars built a 5-0 halftime lead to cruise for 5-0 victory over Pratt Community College today in Pratt.  Freshman Ebu Camara led the Cougars in goals with two while sophomore Sam McCrillis contributed three assists and one goal.  Barton also received goals from freshman Armando Hipolito and a spectacular 40-yard goal from sophomore Gonzalo Gelso.  Barton remains undefeated in conference play at 8-0-0 and 11-2-1 overall while Pratt drops to 4-6-0 and 4-11-0 overall.   With the victory the anticipation builds for Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. match at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex against the defending NJCAA champion and fellow conference unbeaten Cloud County Community College.  MORE

No. 10 Cougars remain undefeated in conference play with 5-1 victory

Barton’s Sam McCrillis executes a bicycle kick late in second half action Wednesday versus Johnson CountyThe No. 10 ranked Barton Community College men’s soccer team remained undefeated in conference and region play with a 5-1 victory over Johnson County Community College Wednesday at Cougar Field.  Sophomore Sam McCrillis highlighted the Cougars scoring as he accounted for four of the goals by scoring three and assisting on another. The Cougars improve to 7-0-0 in conference and 10-2-1 while Johnson County falls to 1-4-0 and 4-7-0 overall.  Barton will have a week away from competition before taking on Pratt Community College in a 4:30 p.m. conference match in Pratt, Kansas.

Mavericks upset No. 10 Cougars 2-1

Fresh off moving up the national rankings to No. 10, the Barton men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa  this afternoon in Tonkawa, Oklahoma.   The Cougars found themselves trailing 1-0 thirteen minutes into the contest until a Ezequiel Alvarez to Sam McCrillis connection thirty-seconds before halftime sent the teams to intermission locked at one.   In a second half stalemate, the NOC Mavericks finally broke through with nine minutes remaining with the game winner and sent the Cougars home with 8-2-1 record on the season.  Barton returns to conference play this Saturday at Great Bend High School in a battle of undefeated conference foes set to kick off at 8:00 p.m.   Cowley, 6-0 in Jayhawk play owns the top of the standings while the 5-0 Cougars are a half game behind. 

Mata becomes third Barton men’s soccer to receive weekly award

Barton’s Hector Mata dribbles up field looking for a teammate in first half action with Northwest College’s Will Moats trails.  The No. 12 Barton Community College men’s soccer team is enjoying success and recognition as a team and on the individual level as a third different player has received the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Player of the Week award released recently.   Entering the Barton record books with his performance on Sunday, Hector Mata, a freshman from Liberal, Kansas, is the latest to bestow the honor joining teammates Sam McCrillis and Mauricio Campos.  MORE

No. 12 Cougars pull out double overtime road victory over Neosho

The No. 12 ranked Cougars needed two overtimes to defeat Neosho County Community College 1-0 today in Chanute, Ks.   The Cougars’ game-winning goal came off of David Lazarof’s volley from Ebu Camara with 2:07 left in double overtime.   Barton improves to 7-1-1 on the season and remains undefeated in Jayhawk play at 4-0 while Neosho drops to 5-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play.  Barton will stay in southeast Kansas tonight as the Cougars will play Independence Community College at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in Independence. 

Campos named men’s soccer goalkeeper of the week

Barton goalkeeper Mauricio Vargas Campos goes high over Northwest College forward Wyatt Fabrizio while Gonzalo Gelso watches nearby in first half action of Barton’s 2-0 win over the No. 18 ranked Trappers.Barton men’s soccer's Mauricio Vargas Campos has been named the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Goalkeeper of the Week.  Campos, a freshman from Jersey City, New Jersey, recorded another solid week helping the Cougars to two road conference victories.  In Barton’s 2-1 victory last Wednesday against Coffeyville Community College, Campos’ lone surrender of goal occurred during a defensive breakdown allowing for a one-on-one situation. For the week Campos saved ten shots on goal and recorded his fourth shutout victory including the Cougars’ 2-0 win over Allen Community College last Friday.

No. 16 Cougars earn 2-0 shutout victory over Allen

Returning to southeast Kansas for the second time in three days, the No. 16 ranked Cougars defeated Allen Community College 2-0 Friday in Iola, Ks.  Barton took a 1-0 lead to halftime on Tyler Dixon’s pass to Ebu Camara with fourteen minutes left in the half.   Less than one minute into the second half Mariano Gelso connected with Barton leading scorer Sam McCrillis to seal the Barton victory.  Barton improves to 6-1-1 on the season and 3-0 in Jayhawk play while Allen drops to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play.  Barton will have the week off before returning to southeast Kansas for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.  The Cougars will play Neosho Community College at 4:00 p.m. Saturday and wrap up the trip on Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Independence Community College. 

Cougars use second half rally to capture 2-1 conference road victory

Playing their third road game in five days, the No. 16 ranked Cougar soccer team defeated Coffeyville Community College tonight 2-1 in Coffeyville.  Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Cougars tied the contest with twenty-five minutes to play on Ebu Camara’s goal from Mariano Gelso.  Barton was able to pull ahead with seven minutes remaining as Carter Way connected with Emmanuel Morris for the game winner.   The Cougars improve to 5-1-1 on the season and 2-0 in Jayhawk play while Coffeyville drops to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.  Barton will make a return trip to southeast Kansas on Friday for a 4:00 p.m. game against Allen Community College in Iola. 

Momentum shift proves costly as Cougars suffer first defeat

For sixty-two minutes on Sunday in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the No. 13 ranked Barton men’s soccer team was locked in a scoreless tie with No. 6 Iowa Western Community College.  Unfortunately for the Cougars, the last twenty-eight minutes were something to leave in Iowa as Barton took their first defeat of the season in a resounding 4-0 loss to the host school.  On Saturday the 4-1-1 Cougars recorded their third shutout of the young season defeating North Lakes Community College 3-0.  Barton will have a few days to refocus before playing two conference road games this week.  The Cougars will travel to Coffeyville Community College on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. game then make a return trip to southeast Kansas on Friday for a 4:00 p.m. game against Allen Community College.  MORE

No. 13 Cougars rally for 3-2 conference opening win

Battling from behind throughout the game, the Cougars fought back to capture a 3-2 conference opening victory over Dodge City Community College today at Cougar Field.  With the victory Barton improves to 3-0-1 on the season while Dodge City suffers its first loss and drops to 3-1.   The Cougars will travel to Council Bluff, Iowa, this weekend for two games.  Barton will play Iowa Lakes Community College on Saturday at noon, followed by a 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday against host and No. 6 nationally ranked Iowa Western Community College.  MORE

Cougars vault to No. 13 in NJCAA and NSCAA national polls

Receiving votes in the preseason poll, the Barton men’s soccer team moved up to No. 13 in the first regular season national poll recently released by the National Junior College Athletic Association and National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Picked by conference coaches to win the KJCCC, the Cougars are off to a 2-0-1 start to the 2012 season.  Barton owns two shutout victories including a 2-0 win over No. 18 Northwest College to open the season and last Sunday’s 6-0 victory over Western Nebraska Community College.  Barton’s lone non-win was a hard fought two overtime tie with No. 19 Otero Junior College.  Barton will open conference and region play this Wednesday as the Cougars host 3-0 Dodge City Community College.  Game time is 4:00 p.m. at Cougar Field.

Team effort leads to Cougars’ 6-0 shutout over Western Nebraska

Barton's Diogo QuirinoRecording its second shutout of the young season, the men’s soccer team defeated Western Nebraska Community College 6-0 Sunday at Cougar Field.  Barton led 2-0 at halftime behind goals from Mariano Gelso and Jovanny Bonilla and unleashed an offensive attack in the second half.  The Cougars had five different players score with five different players with assists coming on all but one of the scores.  Ebu Camara led the attack with two goals but the highlight of the day came from Diogo Quirino.  A defender on the field, Quirino dribbled past Western Nebraska defenders three-quarters of the length of the field to score Barton’s lone unassisted goal.  Sam McCrillis, Barton leading goal scorer this season, scored the Cougars sixth goal from Ezekiel Alvarez, the team’s leader in assist, with just six seconds remaining for the final 6-0 score.

With the win Barton improves to 2-0-1 on the season and will open conference and region play this Wednesday as the Cougars host Dodge City Community College.  Game time is 4:00 p.m. at Cougar Field.

McCrillis named men’s soccer player of the week

Sam McCrillis maneuvers around Northwest College’s goalkeeper Cameron Stanek to score Barton’s first goal of the season just four minutes into the contest.Sam McCrillis has been named the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Player of the Week.  McCrillis, a sophomore forward from Shawnee, Kansas, was a constant threat against two nationally ranked opponents this past weekend at Cougar Field as he was responsible for three of Barton’s four goals.  In Barton’s 2-0 victory Saturday over No. 18 Northwest College, McCrillis scored the Cougar’s first goal of the season just four minutes into the contest then later assisted on Ebu Camara’s goal in the second half.  On Sunday McCrillis scored two goals as the Cougars tied No. 19 Otero Junior College 2-2.  Getting both goals from Ezequiel Alvarez assists, McCrillis’ highlight goal was a 25 yard blast to give Barton a 2-1 edge midway through the second half. 
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Two overtimes not enough as Barton men's soccer ties No. 19 Otero Junior College

Barton's Angel Orpinela in first half action against Otero JCIn one of the most exciting games played at Cougar Field, the Barton and Otero Junior College men’s soccer teams played to a 2-2 tie Sunday.   Barton held a 1-0 lead at halftime as Sam McCrillis scored his second goal of the season on an Ezequiel Alvarez pass.  Otero’s Harrison Houle tied the match thirteen minutes into the second half before McCrillis put the Cougars back ahead eleven minutes later.  McCrillis, who now has three goals in two games, scored on Alvarez’s second assist of the game.   The Rattlers’ Danny McQuaid tied the contest with just over four minutes remaining in regulation scoring off a John Muresan assist.  In the golden goal overtimes, both teams missed scoring opportunities and the contest ended in a 2-2 tie. 

Barton will play a scrimmage game on Wednesday in Salina against Kansas Wesleyan Junior Varsity before a home match on Sunday.  The Cougars will take on Western Nebraska Community College in a 1:00 p.m. contest at Cougar Field.

Cougars knock off No. 18 ranked Northwest College

Barton's Sam McCrillis vs Northwest CollegeThe Barton men's soccer team opened their 2012 season today with an impressive 2-0 victory over No. 18 ranked Northwest College at the Cougar Soccer Complex.  The Cougars’ Sam McCrillis, who wreaked havoc on the Trapper defense all day, scored just four minutes into the contest to help lead the Barton offense.  Ebu Camara helped seal the victory with an unassisted goal midway through the second half.  Barton will play its second straight game against a ranked opponent as they will play at 2:00 p.m. against No. 19 ranked Otero Junior College, who was a 7-0 winner against Northwest Kansas Technical College Saturday afternoon.  Northwest College will look to rebound against Northwest Kansas Technical College in Sunday’s 10:00 a.m. contest. MORE
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Cougars hosted Youth Soccer Camp

Coach Oliver Twelvetrees instructs during the 2012 Barton Youth Soccer CampThe 2012 Barton Youth Soccer Camp "Goals Galore" was held July 30 through August 2.

About 60 boys and girls between the ages of 4-13 years old from the Barton County area were in attendance to learn the game and work on both individual and team playing skills.

The Goals Galore Camp focused on the techniques of clean ball striking, passing, dribbling, one-on-one plan, and combination play. 

Oscar Torres dives to attempt to block a shot during the 2012 Goals Galore Youth Soccer CampTaught by Barton soccer coaches and players, emphasis was placed on teaching soccer skills in a fun and interactive environment.

Youth Soccer Camp provided by Barton Soccer

Barton soccer programs are offering a youth soccer camp July 30 through August 2.  These camps are open to boys and girls ages 4-13 years old regardless of skill and ability levels.  This camp will focus on the techniques of clean ball striking, passing, dribbling, one-on-one plan, and combination play.   Taught by Barton soccer coaches and players, emphasis is placed on teaching soccer skills in a fun and interactive environment.  The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon with the cost only $50 per person.  Participants registering by July 17 will receive a camp t-shirt and soccer ball.


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Schedule / Results


September 29
Conference Play
def Cowley College 6-1
*Great Bend High School
at Great Bend, KS

October 3
Conference Play
def Johnson CCC 5-1
at Barton

October 10
Conference Play
def Pratt CC 5-0
at Pratt, KS
October 13
Conference Play
def Cloud County 4-0
at Barton
October 17
Conference Play
def KCK CC 6-0
at Barton

October 23
1st Rd Region VI Playoffs
def NW KS Tech 7-1
at Barton

October 27
Semifinals Region VI
def Dodge City CC 2-0
Hummer Sports Park
at Topeka, KS
October 28
Region VI Championship
def Johnson County 2-0
Hummer Sports Park
at Topeka, KS
November 3
Plains Dist Championship
lost to W. TX College 2-0
at Snyder, TX
** Season Complete **

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