Herkimer, NY (WKTV) - On Sunday, the HCCC Men's soccer team won its 7th national championship in Dallas and on Monday the team returned home with the new hardware and new head-wear. After celebrating Sunday night in Sallas, the team came home to celebrate on campus and they showed off the new trophy and, because it was Texas, the new cowboy hats they all got! Click on the video link to see the celebration.
On Sunday, the Generals simply refused to lose. Down 1-0 with eight minutes remaining, HCCC came back with two goals to beat Triton College (Ill.) 2-1 in the NJCAA Division III national championship for its seventh national title.
Trailing in the second half just as it did in the semifinals on Saturday, HCCC tied the game with eight minutes left on a goal by tournament Most Valuable Player Joeski Williams off an assist from Corey Phillips. Phillips then scored the game-winner with 2:45 remaining.
The victory made for an especially perfect ending to the weekend for Herkimer head coach Pepe Aragon, who on Friday was inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame as a player for his two years with the Generals.
Herkimer finishes the season 20-3-0 while Triton, which was making its first appearance in the final four, ends 14-5-0. The national championship is the team's first since 2005 and the 31st overall for HCCC athletics.
Phillips, Harry Appiah and Sean Trinidad were named to the All-Tournament team from HCCC.
Triton took the lead in the 26th minute of the first half on a goal by Gabe Chavez.
HCCC keeper James Taber made two saves.