Two Pratt Community College Sophomores were named to the Kansas Junior College Athletic Association All-Regional team for their performances during the 2012 soccer season.
Both Joe Pena (Sophomore from Liberal, Kan.), and Scott Robertson (Sophomore from Burnley, Lancashire, England) served as captains on the Beavers soccer team throughout the season, and made the All-Conference team this year as well.
Pena, who made Second Team All-Regional, played his way back from a torn MCL in the 2011 season. After rehabbing for several months, Pena said that the injury has forced him to play smarter rather than more aggressive.
“I came back and tried to do my best and it paid off,” said Pena. “I’ve had to adjust my game a little bit—playing smarter—because I can’t make cuts off of my leg like I used to. I couldn’t have done it without my team or without Kevin (Kewley, PCC coach).”
Representing the Beavers on the First Team All-Regional, fellow captain Scott Robertson (Goal Keeper) was also flattered by the honor. “I was kind of surprised, but really honored and proud to be honest,” said Robertson. “I couldn’t do it without my coach and my teammates.”
Pena and Robertson alike worked in the offseason to fine tune their game. As Pena focused on more rehab in the States, Robertson was practicing at his home in England with coaches from Manchester City Football Club, an English Premier League soccer club.
Though from different backgrounds, both captains came together during the season to lead the Beavers soccer team to the playoffs, and focused heavily on the team aspects of success.
“We got all the guys together and played cards together to make sure we were all a team still—not separate—and tried to keep the family thing together,” said Robertson. “We’re a team at the end of the day and that is what is most important really.”
After the Spring semester both players hope to continue their education and careers in the States, where they will, yet again, be members of just that—a team.
The Beavers Men’s Soccer Team finished the season 10-8 and a fifth place finish overall.