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For Immediate Release (01-56)
Date:  October 17, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 
 
Montgomery College to Host 
2001 NJCAA Men’s Soccer Championship
Final Four Tournament to be Held at 
Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Nov. 10-11

Montgomery College will host the 2001 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Championship Soccer Tournament, November 10-11, 2001, at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown. Special two-for-one general admission tickets for adultsR014priced at $5R014are available for advance purchase. All tickets for children will be free, whether obtained in advance or at the tournament.

The “final four” tournament will showcase nearly 100 players from four of the nation's best Division III (Non-scholarship Division) junior college soccer teams. "This is a great opportunity for the whole family and for youth teams to come out and enjoy a great weekend of high quality, collegiate level soccer competition," said Tom Bichy, Montgomery College-Rockville's men's soccer coach and athletic director.

Montgomery College's men's soccer team has long been among the nation's elite among junior and community colleges, thanks largely to the experienced leadership of Coach Bichy, who has headed the program throughout its 34-year history. The MC Knights have qualified for the national finals 10 times in the past, an accomplishment Bichy credits largely to the College’s ability to draw talent from a large international student population and from local high schools.

This year, the Knights have raced out to a 12-3-1 record (as of October 17, 2001) and are currently in first place within the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. With four games remaining, the team will have to win the regional and district championship playoff games to qualify for the NJCAA championship series and the right to compete in the Final Four tournament at Germantown.

The two-day NJCAA tournament begins with two semi-final games on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and resumes on Sunday, Nov. 11, with a consolation game for third place at 10 a.m. and the championship game at 1 p.m. 

For those planning to attend either or both days of the championships, the special “buy-one, get-one-free” offer will apply to all tickets purchased by November 9. Regular priced adult tickets, which are $5 each, will be available at the event. Children are admitted for free. Corporate sponsors receive special ticket discounts. For ticket or sponsorship information, call 240-567-5218 or 240-567-7587 or send e-mail to tbichy@mc.cc.md.us.

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