Barton Community College’s Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Kevin Kewley Tuesday evening as the new head coach of the men’s soccer team. Kewley becomes only the third coach in Barton’s nationally renowned and Region VI powerhouse men’s soccer program. Arriving from fellow region school Pratt Community College, Kewley began the men’s soccer program at Pratt three years ago compiling a 27-25-1 record including a 10-6-0 season last year. Kewley replaces Oliver Twelvetrees who recently departed to begin the men’s soccer program at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Florida.
A Liverpool, England, native, Kewley is no stranger to soccer in Kansas having spent the past thirty-two years in the Wichita area. Arriving in 1980, Kewley played and coached the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League until his retirement in 1990. Nicknamed “The Tiger”, Kewley was the Wing’s team captain and a fan favorite of the Orange Army and was honored with the official retirement of his No. 8 jersey.
After his retirement as a Wings player, Kewley became the Wings’ assistant coach and later assumed the head coach position. In the 1991 National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) all-star game, Kewley also served as head coach for the National Conference Team. Kewley’s last season as coach for the Wichita Wings was 2001 when the NPSL ceased operations.
Leaving the professional ranks, Kewley has been an active leader and coach of Wichita area youth soccer teams with many of his players going on to play or coach at higher levels.
Presented with the opportunity to build the Pratt men’s program from the ground up, Kewley led the Beavers to a 9-9-0 record their inaugural season. In the program’s second season, the Beavers went 8-10-1 and were eliminated in the Region VI playoffs by eventual national champion Cloud County Community College. In Kewley’s last season with the Beavers, Pratt compiled a 10-6-0 record falling to Dodge City Community College 1-0 in the Region VI playoffs.
Playing soccer essentially his entire life, Kewley began his career with the Liverpool Football Club. Signed as an apprentice at age sixteen, Kewley played professional for the Club the following year before leaving for the United States to play for the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League until moving to Wichita.
Released: December 12, 2012
The Region VI men’s soccer championship trophy returns to Great Bend as the No. 6 ranked Barton Community College men’s soccer team defeated Johnson County Community College 2-0 on Sunday at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park. The Cougars’ Sam McCrillis scored a goal in each half as the Cougars won its fifth Region VI Championship and third title in the last four years. Barton earned its way into the championship game with an identical 2-0 score on Saturday over Dodge City Community College. Under seventh year head coach Oliver Twelvetrees, Barton has won four region titles and is one game away from a return trip to nationals. Next up for the 16-2-1 Cougars will be the Plains District Championship on Saturday, November 3, at an opponent to be named later this week.
McCrillis scored just 9:46 into the contest to give Barton the early lead and eventual game winning goal. Armando Hipolito placed his 40 foot free kick towards goal where David Lazarof tapped to McCrillis who hammered it home past Johnson’s goalkeeper Guillermo Aguilar. Riding the lead into intermission, the Cougars controlled tempo and put up eight shots while the defense was stellar limiting the Cavaliers to zero shots.
Playing a more conservative second half, Barton put the icing on the cake as McCrillis beat Aguilar with 15:54 remaining in the contest. Gonzalo Gelso split the Cavalier defense on the left wing and sent a cross through the box to a sprinting McCrillis who was left with a one-on-one situation with Aguilar. The sophomore from Shawnee, Kansas, delivered the knock-out punch and tied freshman Ebu Camara for the team lead in goals scored at 18.
Saturday’s Region VI Semifinals
Standing in Barton’s path to the championship game, the Dodge City Community College team played the Cougars all square until the fiftieth-ninth minute when McCrillis broke the scoreless tie. Mariano Gelso stole an errant Dodge City pass and quickly found McCrillis who sprinted past the off-guard defenders to beat Dodge’s keeper Rigo Sandoval on the near post. The Cougars got the insurance goal with eight minutes later as freshman Hector Mata finished off a Sam McCrillis pass through the box for the final 2-0 victory.
Pummeling the Conqs with twenty-four shots, Barton had three goals taken off the board as the Cougars were called for offsides negating the goals and forcing Sandoval into eight saves. Barton goalkeeper Mauricio Vargas Campos was stellar for the Cougars in goal coming up with acrobatic saves turning away eight out of Dodge’s ten shots.
Released: October 28, 2012
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It only took the Cougars two minutes to score and only six minutes to get the winning goal as the No. 7 ranked Barton Community College men’s soccer team blitzed Northwest Kansas Technical College 7-1 Tuesday at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex in first-round action of the Region VI playoffs. The scoring duo of conference player of the week Ebu Camara and Sam McCrillis accounted for the first three Barton goals as the Cougars raced out to a 4-0 lead with just under eighteen minutes into the contest. Despite Northwest getting a first half goal to draw within 4-1 at halftime, the Cougars put the Mavericks away scoring three goals in fourteen minutes late in the contest. Next up for the top-seeded 14-2-1 Cougars will be a trip to Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park in the regional semifinals on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. against 12-7-0 Dodge City Community College. Barton defeated the Conquistadors 3-2 on September 5 but needed a goal in the game’s last three minutes to get the win. Dodge City, who finished fourth in the regional standings, is coming off back-to-back 1-0 shutout victories over Pratt Community College. The winner of the Barton-Dodge contest will play in the Region VI Championship game at noon Sunday.
Released: October 23, 2012
The No. 7 ranked Barton men’s soccer team showed no signs of a letdown in scoring a 6-0 victory over Kansas City Kansas Community College Wednesday at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex. Peppering the Bluedevil defense with twenty-eight shots, the Cougars scored three in each half to finish up the 2012 regular season. Led by Hays freshman Ebu Camara’s hat-trick plus an assist, the second wave of Cougar players were just as effective in attacking and preserving the win. The top-seeded Cougars enter Region VI playoffs on Tuesday with a 13-2-1 overall record and an undefeated 10-0-0 conference/region record while KCK slips to the sixth seed at 6-8-2 overall and 4-5-1 in conference and region play. Barton will host the winner of Saturday’s Hesston College-Northwest Kansas Technical College game on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex.
Barton immediately attacked the Panthers, putting up twelve first half shots but were also hampered by an unprecedented fourteen offsides. Mariano Gelso finally broke through for the Cougars seventeen minutes into the contest as his sliding kick from Camara found the net past KCK goalkeeper Tomas Ortiz. Eleven minutes later Camara easily knocked in a Garrett Pulliam cross after Pulliam drew Ortiz out of goal. Camara scored his second goal of the half with an unassisted goal with only 1:17 remaining before halftime.
Camara,who moved past season leader and reigning two-time conference player of the week Sam McCrillis for the team lead in goals, wasted little time in the second half achieving his hat-trick. With Collin Cook in to replace Ortiz in goal for KCK, it was the Pulliam to Camara connection again as Pulliam chipped a pass over the Bluedevil defense for Camara to easily beat Cook to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead as a mere ten minutes had ticked off the clock.
With Coach Twelvetrees emptying his bench throughout the early stages of the second half, the young Cougars continued the hunt launching sixteen shots in the second half. Already with two assists, Pulliam’s sliding kick to the near post off a Gelso cross got him in the score column with twenty-six minutes left. Two minutes later freshman Jovanny Bonilla wrapped up the Cougar scoring taking a Carlos Salguero pass and launched a kick just inside the eighteen to the far post past a diving Cook.
Released: October 18, 2012
It’s been almost a year since that fateful day in Topeka that ended the Cougars’ 2011 season. Saturday the Barton men’s soccer team unleashed a portion of revenge on their tormentor as the No. 9 ranked Cougars dominated the No. 7 ranked Cloud County Community College Thunderbirds 4-0 at Cougar Field. Barton jumped on the defending NJCAA Champions with three first half goals in route to the victory which assures the Cougars at least a share of the conference championship. The Cougars’ championship is the seventh in the past ten years and the fourth of Coach Oliver Twelvetrees’ seven years at the helm. Barton, 12-2-1 overall and 9-0-0 in conference, can clinch the title outright with a victory to wrap up regular season play on Wednesday against Kansas City Kansas Community College. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex.
Barton wasted little time in gaining the upper hand in the battle of national powers as Ebu Camara took a beautiful Sam McCrillis cross just two minutes into the contest to beat the Cloud goalkeeper. The duo connected again sixteen minutes later when McCrillis’ deflected pass found Camara amongst defenders and was able to connect inside the far post. The Cougars thwarted any hope of Cloud gaining momentum going into half as Gonzalo Gelso hammered home a mid-air kick from just inside thirty yards out to give the Cougars the 3-0 halftime edge. Hector Mata concluded the game’s scoring after he pick-pocketed a Cloud defender just inside the penalty box and blasted it past the diving keeper with twenty-three minutes left in the contest.
This week’s KJCCC Verizon Wireless Players of the Week Sam McCrillis and Mauricio Campos are both making their mark in the Barton record book. McCrillis, who already is the single season assist leader, added to his total with his two assists in today’s contest. The effort also moved him into second place all-time in career assists with 20 and added to his third place standing in points scored at 78, just one point shy of second place. Campos, who like McCrillis has won the weekly conference award twice this season, recorded his seventh shutout to move him into sixth place in single season shutouts.
Released: October 13, 2012
The No. 9 ranked Cougars built a 5-0 halftime lead to cruise for 5-0 victory over Pratt Community College today in Pratt. Freshman Ebu Camara led the Cougars in goals with two while sophomore Sam McCrillis contributed three assists and one goal. Barton also received goals from freshman Armando Hipolito and a spectacular 40-yard goal from sophomore Gonzalo Gelso. Barton remains undefeated in conference play at 8-0-0 and 11-2-1 overall while Pratt drops to 4-6-0 and 4-11-0 overall. With the victory the anticipation builds for Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. match at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex against the defending NJCAA champion and fellow conference unbeaten Cloud County Community College.
Barring a hiccup Thursday against Independence Community College, the No. 7 ranked Thunderbirds will roll into Great Bend with a 13-3-0 record and 7-0-0 conference record. The two Jayhawk Conference and Region VI powers split last year’s meetings with the Cougars winning a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 double-overtime game in Concordia while the T-birds got the ultimate revenge ending the Cougars’ season 4-0 in the Region VI Semi-finals. Cloud went on to win the 2011 national title with their lone defeat on the season coming against Barton.
Released: October 10, 2012
The No. 10 ranked Barton Community College men’s soccer team remained undefeated in conference and region play with a 5-1 victory over Johnson County Community College Wednesday at Cougar Field. Sophomore Sam McCrillis highlighted the Cougars scoring as he accounted for four of the goals by scoring three and assisting on another. The Cougars improve to 7-0-0 in conference and 10-2-1 while Johnson County falls to 1-4-0 and 4-7-0 overall. Barton will have a week away from competition before taking on Pratt Community College in a 4:30 p.m. conference match in Pratt, Kansas.
Fresh off moving up the national rankings to No. 10, the Barton men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa this afternoon in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. The Cougars found themselves trailing 1-0 thirteen minutes into the contest until a Ezequiel Alvarez to Sam McCrillis connection thirty-seconds before halftime sent the teams to intermission locked at one. In a second half stalemate, the NOC Mavericks finally broke through with nine minutes remaining with the game winner and sent the Cougars home with 8-2-1 record on the season. Barton returns to conference play this Saturday at Great Bend High School in a battle of undefeated conference foes set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. Cowley, 6-0 in Jayhawk play owns the top of the standings while the 5-0 Cougars are a half game behind.
Released: September 26, 2012
The No. 12 Barton men’s soccer team is enjoying success and recognition as a team and on the individual level as a third different player has received the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Player of the Week award released recently. Entering the Barton record books with his performance on Sunday, Hector Mata, a freshman from Liberal, Kansas, is the latest to bestow the honor joining teammates Sam McCrillis and Mauricio Campos.
Despite only playing one of the Cougars’ two games over the weekend, Mata made his presence felt on Sunday by entering the Barton record books as he was involved in five of Barton’s seven goals in the 7-1 victory at Independence Community College. The 6’1” midfielder scored three goals and two assists and placed his name in the Barton record book tying for fifth place on both single game goals and scoring. Mata scored two of his three goals in the first half which helped Barton get out to a 3-0 halftime advantage. Forty-eight seconds into the second half Mata set up teammate Vinicius Braga for a goal then was on the receiving end from Braga to get his third goal just twenty-two seconds later. Mata concluded his scoring by dishing out an assist two minutes later to Gonzalo Gelso as the Cougars had a 6-0 lead with forty-one minutes to play and thus put any hope of an Independence upset victory to rest as Barton won the contest 7-1.
The 8-1-1 Cougars will travel to Tonkawa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference game against Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa. Barton returns to conference action Saturday for a key conference match with Cowley College. Game time is 8:00 p.m. at Great Bend High School.
Released: September 25, 2012
The No. 12 ranked Cougars needed two overtimes to defeat Neosho County Community College 1-0 today in Chanute, Ks. The Cougars’ game-winning goal came off of David Lazarof’s volley from Ebu Camara with 2:07 left in double overtime. Barton improves to 7-1-1 on the season and remains undefeated in Jayhawk play at 4-0 while Neosho drops to 5-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play. Barton will stay in southeast Kansas tonight as the Cougars will play Independence Community College at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in Independence.
Released: September 22, 2012
Barton men’s soccer's Mauricio Vargas Campos has been named the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Goalkeeper of the Week. Campos, a freshman from Jersey City, New Jersey, recorded another solid week helping the Cougars to two road conference victories. In Barton’s 2-1 victory last Wednesday against Coffeyville Community College, Campos’ lone surrender of goal occurred during a defensive breakdown allowing for a one-on-one situation. For the week Campos saved ten shots on goal and recorded his fourth shutout victory including the Cougars’ 2-0 win over Allen Community College last Friday.
Barton will have the week off before returning to southeast Kansas for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. The Cougars will play Neosho Community College at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and wrap up the trip on Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Independence Community College.
Released: September 19, 2012
Returning to southeast Kansas for the second time in three days, the No. 16 ranked Cougars defeated Allen Community College 2-0 Friday in Iola, Ks. Barton took a 1-0 lead to halftime on Tyler Dixon’s pass to Ebu Camara with fourteen minutes left in the half. Less than one minute into the second half Mariano Gelso connected with Barton leading scorer Sam McCrillis to seal the Barton victory. Barton improves to 6-1-1 on the season and 3-0 in Jayhawk play while Allen drops to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Barton will have the week off before returning to southeast Kansas for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. The Cougars will play Neosho Community College at 4:00 p.m. Saturday and wrap up the trip on Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Independence Community College.
Released: September 15, 2012
Playing their third road game in five days, the No. 16 ranked Cougar soccer team defeated Coffeyville Community College tonight 2-1 in Coffeyville. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Cougars tied the contest with twenty-five minutes to play on Ebu Camara’s goal from Mariano Gelso. Barton was able to pull ahead with seven minutes remaining as Carter Way connected with Emmanuel Morris for the game winner. The Cougars improve to 5-1-1 on the season and 2-0 in Jayhawk play while Coffeyville drops to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Barton will make a return trip to southeast Kansas on Friday for a 4:00 p.m. game against Allen Community College in Iola.
Released: September 12, 2012
For sixty-two minutes on Sunday in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the No. 13 ranked Barton men’s soccer team was locked in a scoreless tie with No. 6 Iowa Western Community College. Unfortunately for the Cougars, the last twenty-eight minutes were something to leave in Iowa as Barton took their first defeat of the season in a resounding 4-0 loss to the host school. On Saturday the 4-1-1 Cougars recorded their third shutout of the young season defeating North Lakes Community College 3-0. Barton will have a few days to refocus before playing two conference road games this week. The Cougars will travel to Coffeyville Community College on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. game then make a return trip to southeast Kansas on Friday for a 4:00 p.m. game against Allen Community College.
Sam McCrillis’ two goals helped the Cougars pick up their fourth victory of the season Saturday 3-0 versus North Lakes. McCrillis, who leads Barton in scoring with seven goals, got the Cougars on the board with 2:59 to play in the first half on a spectacular wonder goal as the Cougars held a 1-0 lead into intermission. Nine minutes into the second half, Barton’s Ebu Camara was fouled in the penalty area and McCrillis’ penalty kick gave the Cougars a two goal advantage. Camara then put the final touches on the shutout victory taking a Carlos Salguero pass with fourteen minutes remaining as Barton went on to win 3-0.
In a much anticipated matchup between two nationally ranked teams, the game was deadlocked until an ill-advised red card on Barton’s Armando Hipolito turned the momentum with twenty-eight minutes remaining. The No. 6 ranked Reivers took only four minutes to break the tie then added back-to-back goals at the seventy-ninth and eightieth minutes to blow the game open. Iowa Western added the final fourth goal with six minutes remaining as the Cougars surrendered four goals in eighteen minutes of play.
Released: September 9, 2012
Battling from behind throughout the game, the Cougars fought back to capture a 3-2 conference opening victory over Dodge City Community College today at Cougar Field. With the victory Barton improves to 3-0-1 on the season while Dodge City suffers its first loss and drops to 3-1. The Cougars will travel to Council Bluff, Iowa, this weekend for two games. Barton will play Iowa Lakes Community College on Saturday at noon, followed by a 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday against host and No. 6 nationally ranked Iowa Western Community College.
After a scoreless first half, the Cougars not only faced a stiff north wind but the confidence of the Conquistadors. It only took less than five minutes into the second half for the Conqs to grab the lead on a Larry Martinez unassisted goal. Barton’s season leading scorer Sam McCrillis tied the score seven minutes later on an Ezekiel Alvarez pass only to have Martinez put Dodge City back ahead ten minutes later. Down to the game’s final sixteen minutes, McCrillis broke down the sideline and launched an eighteen yard blast just outside the box that the Dodge defense wasn’t able to clear resulting in an own goal. With Barton gaining momentum, Dodge City’s Eanna O’Gorman was ejected giving the Cougars a man advantage for the remaining ten minutes. Barton seized the opportunity with constant attacks before Tyler Dixon received a pin-point cross from McCrillis to blast it just inside the far post for the game winner.
Released: September 6, 2012
Receiving votes in the preseason poll, the Barton men’s soccer team moved up to No. 13 in the first regular season national poll recently released by the National Junior College Athletic Association and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Picked by conference coaches to win the KJCCC, the Cougars are off to a 2-0-1 start to the 2012 season. Barton owns two shutout victories including a 2-0 win over No. 18 Northwest College to open the season and last Sunday’s 6-0 victory over Western Nebraska Community College. Barton’s lone non-win was a hard fought two overtime tie with No. 19 Otero Junior College. Barton will open conference and region play this Wednesday as the Cougars host 3-0 Dodge City Community College. Game time is 4:00 p.m. at Cougar Field.
Released: September 4, 2012
Recording its second shutout of the young season, the men’s soccer team defeated Western Nebraska Community College 6-0 Sunday at Cougar Field. Barton led 2-0 at halftime behind goals from Mariano Gelso and Jovanny Bonilla and unleashed an offensive attack in the second half. The Cougars had five different players score with five different players with assists coming on all but one of the scores. Ebu Camara led the attack with two goals but the highlight of the day came from Diogo Quirino. A defender on the field, Quirino dribbled past Western Nebraska defenders three-quarters of the length of the field to score Barton’s lone unassisted goal. Sam McCrillis, Barton leading goal scorer this season, scored the Cougars sixth goal from Ezekiel Alvarez, the team’s leader in assist, with just six seconds remaining for the final 6-0 score.
With the win Barton improves to 2-0-1 on the season and will open conference and region play this Wednesday as the Cougars host Dodge City Community College. Game time is 4:00 p.m. at Cougar Field.
Released: September 3, 2012
Sam McCrillis has been named the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Player of the Week. McCrillis, a sophomore forward from Shawnee, Kansas, was a constant threat against two nationally ranked opponents this past weekend at Cougar Field as he was responsible for three of Barton’s four goals. In Barton’s 2-0 victory Saturday over No. 18 Northwest College, McCrillis scored the Cougar’s first goal of the season just four minutes into the contest then later assisted on Ebu Camara’s goal in the second half. On Sunday McCrillis scored two goals as the Cougars tied No. 19 Otero Junior College 2-2. Getting both goals from Ezequiel Alvarez assists, McCrillis’ highlight goal was a 25 yard blast to give Barton a 2-1 edge midway through the second half.
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In one of the most exciting games played at Cougar Field, the Barton and Otero Junior College men’s soccer teams played to a 2-2 tie Sunday. Barton held a 1-0 lead at halftime as Sam McCrillis scored his second goal of the season on an Ezequiel Alvarez pass. Otero’s Harrison Houle tied the match thirteen minutes into the second half before McCrillis put the Cougars back ahead eleven minutes later. McCrillis, who now has three goals in two games, scored on Alvarez’s second assist of the game. The Rattlers’ Danny McQuaid tied the contest with just over four minutes remaining in regulation scoring off a John Muresan assist. In the golden goal overtimes, both teams missed scoring opportunities and the contest ended in a 2-2 tie.
Barton will play a scrimmage game on Wednesday in Salina against Kansas Wesleyan Junior Varsity before a home match on Sunday. The Cougars will take on Western Nebraska Community College in a 1:00 p.m. contest at Cougar Field.
Released: August 27, 2012
The Barton men's soccer team opened their 2012 season today with an impressive 2-0 victory over No. 18 ranked Northwest College at the Cougar Soccer Complex. The Cougars’ Sam McCrillis, who wreaked havoc on the Trapper defense all day, scored just four minutes into the contest to help lead the Barton offense. Ebu Camara helped seal the victory with an unassisted goal midway through the second half. Barton will play its second straight game against a ranked opponent as they will play at 2:00 p.m. against No. 19 ranked Otero Junior College, who was a 7-0 winner against Northwest Kansas Technical College Saturday afternoon. Northwest College will look to rebound against Northwest Kansas Technical College in Sunday’s 10:00 a.m. contest.
“It was a solid performance for our first game of the season,” said Head Coach Oliver Twelvetrees. “We created a lot of chances and conceded only one shot on goal for the game.”
The Cougars were solid defensively as the Trappers only manages two shots all game. Offensively Barton launched fourteen shots with eight coming on goal.
“Diogo Quirino led and organized our back line very well and offensively Sam’s seven shots created a danger for their defense all game,” said Twelvetrees. “I’m very optimistic by the talent and teamwork we showed this could be a very successful season.”
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