FOLEY, Alabama - The month of November symbolizes many things in the Rochester area. The beginnings of the holiday season, the arrival of cold, snowy weather. And more often than not, the MCC women's soccer team competing for an NJCAA national title.
This year is no different, as the Lady Tribunes are in Alabama at the Division I national tournament. Monroe is seeded eighth and is grouped in Pool A along with top-seeded Tyler Junior College, as well as 12th-seeded Moraine Valley Community College.
MCC is making its 30th appearance at the NJCAA national tournament, easily the most in the country. The Tribunes are in search of their ninth national title.
MCC (14-4-0) starts pool play with a rematch with Moraine Valley at 11 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday at the Foley Sports Complex in Foley, Ala. The teams also met on Nov. 3 in the North Central District championship, with the Tribunes prevailing 2-1 to earn an automatic trip to nationals. The Cyclones (20-2-1) were awarded an at-large bid.
Monroe will take on Tyler at 11 a.m. Wednesday to wrap up pool play. There are four pools, with the top team from each advancing to the national semifinals. Tyler defeated Moraine Valley 4-0 Monday morning.
The Tribunes bring one of the nation's most potent offenses into the tournament. MCC is tied for the NJCAA lead with 122 goals and is second at 6.7 goals per contest. Sophomore forward Roosa Ariyo leads the country with 52 goals and 120 points, while sophomore midfielder Thenia Zervas is tops in America with 36 assists.