WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM PREPARES TO PLAY IN DISTRICT D TOURNAMENT ON NOV. 6-7

Sophomore Regina Martinez of Garland scored two goals to help lead the NJCAA Division III No. 5-ranked Richland College women’s soccer team to another Metro Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament championship after the T-Ducks defeated Cedar Valley College, 7-0.

Martinez also scored a hat trick, and added an assist, in Richland’s 5-1 victory over Brookhaven College in the semifinal round.

The T-Ducks now advance to the District D Tournament on Nov. 6-7 at the College of DuPage in Illinois.

“We are excited to be the MAC champion,” Scott Toups, the women’s head coach, said. “However, our goal this year is a national championship. We have a great team and our expectations remain high. Winning the MAC is another step toward our final goal.”

Should the T-Ducks win District, they advance to the NJCAA Division III National Women’s Soccer tournament, where they would be playing for their third national championship since 2004.

“The teams we will be playing are some of the top teams in the country. I imagine they will be some of the best we have seen all year,” Toups said about what to expect at the District D tournament. “I do, however, feel that we can play and be successful against anyone. Our team is playing well right now.”

The T-Ducks will enter the District D tournament having won 10 of their last 11 games. Richland is 14-3-1 on the season.