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Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Ave.
La Junta CO 81050

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Lady Rattler Soccer #1 seed in Region IX tournament
October 21, 2014

Photo Credit: Jim Dwyer

The Lady Rattler Soccer Team ended their regular season strong this past weekend with a pair of wins at Tiger Field against Sheridan College on Oct. 17 and Northwest College on Oct. 18. OJC dominated both games, working together to outscore their opponents 13 to 1 on the weekend.  Goals were scored by eight different players, including Maira De Campos (So., Sao Joncalo, Brazil) who had a goal and four assists.

In addition to being the last home and regular season game for the Lady Rattlers, Saturday was also Sophomore Appreciation Day.

The Lady Rattler’s set a standard of success for the third year in a row. They finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-1-1 and an 11-0-1 record in the region, putting them in first place in Region IX.

Reflecting upon the regular season, Coach Hutchison said, “The Lady Rattlers worked extremely hard on the practice field and during games to finish out the regular season 12-1-1. The team is fully deserving of their #1 seed in the upcoming Region IX tournament.”

The Lady Rattlers are coming off of a 7 game winning streak heading into the post-season. Now their focus shifts to the upcoming Region IX Tournament, which will take place on November 7 and 8.

OJC will face the winner of the quarterfinal game between Trinidad State Junior College and Western Nebraska Community College on November 7 in the semifinal match at 12 p.m. at 5-Star Stadium in Thornton.

When asked about the tournament, Hutchison said, “We are planning to work consistently hard, on and off the field, in the coming three weeks in order to prepare for the Region IX tournament. One of our goals this season is to win the Region IX championship, and we’ll do what it takes to achieve it!”

OJC to host first round of Men's Soccer regional play Sat.
October 21, 2014

The Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer program finished its regular season this past weekend with a win over Sheridan College and a tie with Northwest College. The Rattlers finish the season with an overall record of 9-5-1, clinching home-field advantage for the first round of regional play this Saturday against Laramie County Community College.

On Friday, the Generals of Sheridan College came to La Junta seeking revenge after their loss to the Rattlers earlier this year. The Rattlers were the first to score in the 35th minute.  Zach Leon scored the goal, his fifth of the year, assisted by Mikhail Hastings. 

Just 8 minutes later, Jose Castro, with a long sprint down the side line, received a through ball from Mikhail Hastings.  Jose shot back post to put the ball in the back of the net, giving the Rattlers a two-goal lead before the half.

The Rattlers carried the momentum from the first half by scoring their third goal 3 minutes into the second half. Erick Chapa charged down the middle of the field beating the three defenders, scoring his twelfth goal of the season. Later in the game, the Rattlers received a penalty kick (PK). Sophomore Chris Arce stepped up to finish the PK, ending the game with the Rattlers winning 4-1.

The following day, the Rattlers celebrated Sophomore Day by playing their last regular season game against Northwest College. The Rattlers had their first tie of the season, goal scored by Erick Chapa, assisted by sophomore Luis Rangel.

“We would like to recognize this year’s sophomore class for their outstanding performance during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.  Because of their efforts, Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer has maintained a winning tradition and has become one of the top programs in the nation,” said Head Coach Mike Bielski. “We wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season and into the post-season.  Thank you for your hard work, you have bright futures ahead of you.”

The sophomores include:  Orion Miller, Zach Leon, Chris Arce, Luis Rangel, Mikhail Hastings, Alex Hastings, Jay Marx, Jesse Leaming, and Julio Sanchez. 

The Rattlers will host the first round of Regional play this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. against Laramie County Community College.  Please come and support the team in white as they fight to become back-to-back Region IX Champions. The winner of this game will advance the Semi-Finals in Powell, Wyo.

Otero Volleyball goes 3-2 this weekend
October 6, 2014

The Lady Rattler Volleyball team went 3-2 this past weekend.  The team traveled to Lamar Thursday night.  Unfortunately, Otero lost in a close five set match. 

The team then traveled to Midland, Texas where they saw some new competition and pulled out three wins.  Otero played Midland College, Trinity Valley Community College, and Texas Tech Club twice while in Midland. 

Head coach Melissa Anderson was pleased overall with the team’s performance. “It was enjoyable to go see some new competition and play teams that we haven’t seen before.  The girls enjoyed the trip and the time they got to spend with one another.  Diana Etienne’s family was able to watch the tournament and cheer us on from the sideline, which was great for Diana.” 

The Lady Rattlers have three home matches this week starting on Thursday night at 6 p.m. against Western Nebraska Community College followed by McCook Community College at 7 p.m. on Friday night and Northeastern Junior College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

OJC Volleyball picks up two more wins
October 2, 2014

The Lady Rattler volleyball team racked up another win against Colorado Christian JV on Tuesday, September 30. The team traveled to the Gold Crown complex in Lakewood and swept CCU JV in a three set match.  The entire team had a strong performance and had good chemistry on the court.  The volleyball team heads out on Thursday, October 2 to Lamar to face off with the Lopes. Friday, October 3 and Saturday October 4 the team will travel to Midland, Texas for a tournament.

Rattler Men's Soccer wins two on the road
September 30, 2014

Photo Caption: Sophomore Luis Rangel set up Erick Chapa’s seventh goal of the season to put the Rattlers ahead of Central Nebraska and helped break the Rattlers’ two game losing streak.

Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer recorded two wins this past weekend, securing a Region IX playoff spot by beating Central Nebraska Community College 1-0 and Northeastern Junior College 2-1.

Central Nebraska totaled 3 shots on goal to the Rattlers’ 6, but the Rattlers controlled possession for most of the game. The win closed a two game skid that had the Rattlers and put them at 4-4 overall on the season.

After just five minutes, Sophomore Luis Rangel set up freshmen forward Erick Chapa’s seventh goal of the season on a hard pass from the midfield. The ball came into Chapa’s feet on top of the 18 yard box, where he hit it one time to beat the Central Nebraska goalkeeper. 

The Rattlers had a good chance to go up yet another goal; however, Sophomore Alex Hastings hit the post off a corner in the 20th minute. The Rattlers kept the pressure on for the rest of the game but were unable to score again. The game finished Otero 1, Central Nebraska 0.

The following day, the Rattlers travelled to Sterling to face the Plainsmen of Northeastern Junior College. The Rattlers came out firing on all cylinders taking 15 shots in the first half and netting a goal in the 26th minute by freshmen forward Owayne Stone, his first of the season.  Just 6 minutes later, Otero gave up a foul just outside the penalty area, allowing the Plainsmen to have a strike on goal. The foul resulted in a Plainsmen goal and the half finished tied 1-1.

The Rattlers continued their shooting way by racking another ten shots in the second half to Northeastern’s three.  In the 59th minute, Erick Chapa found a loose ball in the penalty area, scoring the winning goal.

“Overall, I’m happy that we got both the wins this past weekend. The guys found a way to win even when we were unable to finish our opportunities” said Head Coach Mike Bielski.

The Rattlers will travel this Friday to Cheyenne, Wyoming, a rematch of last year’s Region IX Final against Laramie County Community College. Then on Saturday, the Rattlers will face Western Nebraska.

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