Final regular season game, a big one

Final regular season game, a big one

ANNANDALE – With a win Friday over 10th ranked Montgomery, the nationally recognized Northern Virginia Community College soccer team will earn the top seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region 20 Division III Tournament, which begins Friday, Oct. 27 at Anne Arundel.

The Nighthawks are 10-2-0 this season and have won four straight since their 5-3 loss to Prince George's back on Sept. 26.

Recap the 10th victory
Everton Bailey and Cristian Fuentes each scored a pair of goals to lead NOVA past Allegany 5-0. Joshua Fleming, meanwhile, earned his fourth win and grabbed his team-best second shutout of the season.     

Between the pipes
In nearly 1100 minutes of work, Andres Avila Riano and Fleming made a combined 27 saves and have let just 12 goals into the net. The duo has also combined for all 10 of NOVA victories and has 3.5 shutouts.

Postseason possibilities
If the Nighthawks fall to Montgomery Friday, they would only fall as far as third and play either the Raptors or Howard in the semifinals. With a win, NOVA plays the winner of Prince George's and Anne Arundel Friday.

Originally scheduled program
NOVA was scheduled to play Southern Maryland Tuesday, Oct. 24, but due to the upcoming postseason the match was cancelled. The Nighthawks and Hawks will meet in 2018 at Word of Grace.

Record breaker
This season, Gabriel Rickmann became the all-time leader at NOVA in assists with 13 and is sixth in career points. Everton Bailey, meanwhile, is tied for second in season total goals with 10 and just three behind Romain Iff, who scored 13 in 2015.

A look at Montgomery
The Raptors have scored 111 goals this season and have given up just 17 in 18 matches. MC though has lost three of its last four contests with its only win coming over Anne Arundel last week. The Raptors and Dragons do battle Wednesday evening at 4 p.m.