Four Trinity Baptist College men’s soccer players earned postseason honors as the Eagles finished the 2017 season as the South Region runners up and in the Top 5 in the NCCAA Division 2 polls. Defenders Jean Hillaire and Mylens Calixte were named to the All-South Region first team while forwards Josh Briones and Juan Grimaldo made the All-Region Second Team.
On defense, Jean was among the best in Division 2 in stopping offensive attacks, particularly within the South Region. The Eagles were third out of five in the region in fewest goals allowed, and Jean’s footprints are all over that defensive effort. Jean, a junior, helped goalkeeper Kyle Aultman hold opponents to 2.29 goals per game overall and a 1.80 GAA in five South Region games. He also scored one goal and assisted on another.
Mylens played mainly midfield and backfield, but he moved to the front line when necessary. Along with Jean and many others, he helped man a tough backfield that opposing South Region teams had trouble getting through. Mylens, a sophomore, also scored a goal while helping the Eagles on the attack.
Josh was Trinity’s leading scorer, connecting on eight goals and assisting on two others for a team-high 18 points. Josh, a freshman, took the bulk of the direct free kicks and penalty kicks and often found teammates in helping to set up potential scoring opportunities.
Throughout his final season, Juan was valuable on the offensive attacks as he selflessly advanced the ball gave his teammates opportunities to score. He took the majority of the team’s corner kicks. Josh scored twice, and both goals helped lead to Eagles wins. Juan, a senior, will take three South Region titles, a runner-up placement, and a 2015 national championship with him when he graduates this spring.
The Eagles finished the season as the #5 team in all of NCCAA Division 2 and stayed in the Top 6 or higher throughout the majority of the weekly rankings.
Congratulations to these four players, head coach Elie Jean and his assistants Josh O’Hara and Carlos Sebastian (former players), and all of TBC Men’s Soccer on another fine season in 2017.