Lady Wolverines at Region XIX Semi-finals
Paced by a three goal effort from Jodeen Whyte, the Lady Wolverines soccer team advanced to the Region XIX Division I tournament championship game with an 8-3 win over Mercer County Community College. Marie Yasmine Alidou added a pair of goals in the semi-final contest held October 28 in Orange Park.
Coach Monique Edouard’s team, 7-5, will now face Burlington County College at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 1 at Ocean County College. Burlington defeated Essex 2-1 in a regular season matchup.
Seeded second in the tournament, the Lady Wolverines are the defending region champions.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Lady Wolverines Cross Country team won Region XIX’s Division I title. Meanwhile, the men’s team won their fourth regional crown in that same five year span.
Essex County College hosted the regional meet for the first time in school history, noted Coach Michael Smart.
On the women’s side, Jennaya Hield finished first among all female runners, with teammates Fawzia Kheir and Taska Johnson coming in third and fourth respectively. For the men, Andre Colebrook finished first in Division I and second overall, which included Division III runners. Shaquille Sutherland came in fifth and Luiliam Teixeira finished 10th.
All six student-athletes were named to the All-Region XIX Team.
Essex competed against Mercer County Community College, Delaware Tech and Harcum College. A total of 19 school, including Division III, participated in the meet held at Newark’s Branch Brook Park.
Next up is the National Junior College Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on November 8 at South Plains College in Texas.
Essex County College Pacesetters
With some 70 participants from across the campus, the Essex County College Pacesetters raised $3,816 in donations at the recent Walk for the Cure held at Newark’s Military Park. The annual event is sponsored by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
“The College community came together once again to accomplish our goal,” said Sonia Rios-Cardoso, Assistant Director for Enrollment Services and one of the organizers for the Pacesetters. She noted the team’s goal for the October 19 walk was $3,500.
Ms. Rios-Cardoso was especially pleased by the campus wide turnout of walkers. The team included students and their families, staff and their families and a number of student organizations and College divisions and departments.
According to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Essex County College team had the sixth highest donation total of all participating groups.