RBC #17 in final regular season poll
SOUTH PRINCE GEORGE - Richard Bland College has been ranked No. 17 in this week's final regular season NJCAA Division I Men's Soccer Poll.
The Statesmen enjoyed their finest season in the fiveyear history of the program, finishing with a school record of 17-3, while ranked among the Top 20 for the last nine consecutive weeks.
In addition to the schoolrecord for wins, Richard Bland also established new program records for season goals (68), assists (62), points (198), fewest goals allowed (18) and shutouts (11).
The Statesmen, coached by fourth-year head coach Eduardo de Souza and second-year assistant coach Nick Surkamp, have now attained three-straight 10-win seasons under the guidance of de Souza (44-31-5).
Richard Bland was the regular season champions of NJCAA Region 10 with a record of 13-1, before finishing as runners-up at the Region 10 Tournament on October 28-29 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The Statesmen qualified for the NJCAA Division I Southeast District Tournament for the second consecutive season, but fell to nationally-ranked No. 6 Eastern Florida State College 2-1 in a semifinal match on Nov. 3 in Louisburg, North Carolina.
Richard Bland was ranked among the Top 20 for the first-time ever on September 12. Unbeaten St. Louis (Mo.) Community College (22-0) was ranked No. 1 in this week's poll for the seventhstraight week.