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DCTC men's soccer ranked 11th in the nation

The Dakota County Technical College Men's Soccer team is ranked 11th in the nation. Coach Cam Stoltz says the upcoming season is the most promising in Blue Knights history. Pictured from left to right: Adolfo Barrera-Gonzalez, Jhony Blanco, Jose Andriano, Clifford Adams, Nathan Schram.

The men’s soccer team at Dakota County Technical College is ranked No. 11 in the nation by the NJCAA Division I Fall 2014 Top 20 poll.

Last season, 2013–2014, the Blue Knights turned in an overall record of 16–3–1, winning all nine of their home games at the Ames Soccer Complex on the college’s main campus in Rosemount. The team lost the last game of the season 1–3 to eventual NJCAA DI national champion Iowa Western Community College in the NJCAA Region XI championship. DCTC was ranked No. 14 on the Top 20 poll in November 2013.

Head coach Cam Stoltz said the upcoming season is possibly the most promising in Blue Knights history.

“This team is more than a decade in the building,” Stoltz said. “Our schedule has been top 10, getting stronger and stronger each year from playing teams like Yavapai and Iowa Western. This year we connected on all recruiting cylinders, signing great players locally and nationally. Our goal is to rise higher in the rankings and ultimately compete for a national championship.”

Freshmen Jhony Blanco, a midfielder from Prior Lake High School, and Adolfo Barrera-Gonzalez, a midfielder from 2013 Class 2A champion North St. Paul High School, are expected to have an impact this year. As a senior last year, Blanco scored 11 regular-season goals for the Lakers; Barrera-Gonzalez nailed the shootout kick that beat Eastview 5–4 in the 2A championship game.

DCTC opened this season Aug. 23 at home against Western Wyoming Community College. The Knights host a rematch with Iowa Western Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.