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2011 Menís Soccer Schedule Released
(6/9/11) The two-time defending NCCAA D-II National Champion Clearwater Christian College menís soccer team will face a challenging 18-match schedule in 2011.

Spring Semester Athletic Honors
(4/21/11) The spring athletes were honored during a special chapel service. Among the honorees were two inductions into the CCC Hall of Fame and one recognition of the NCCAA Hall of Fame Award.

Cougars Hold Soccer Clinic
(4/11/11) On Saturday, March 26, the Clearwater menís soccer team conducted a soccer clinic in Pinellas Park for the CCSP Youth Soccer League directed by assistant coach Luis Hernandez.

2010-2011 Cougars Receive National Recognitions
(1/6/11) Postseason accolades from the fall athletic program included members of both the menís soccer team and the womenís volleyball team.

Tyler Spraul Named National Player of the Year
(12/21/10) Senior Tyler Spraul was recently named the 2010 National Christian College Athletic Association DII National Player of the Year for menís soccer.

Fall Athletes Recognized
(12/15/10) On Monday, December 6, the athletic department of Clearwater Christian College presented their 2010 fall sports team and individual awards during a special Athletic Award Chapel. Athletic Director James Whitaker opened the chapel with a short highlight video of the season.

Jeff Crews Named NCCAA Player of the Week
(11/22/10) Clearwater Christian College menís soccer player Jeff Crews was named the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Player of the Week for the week of November 8-14, 2010. According to the official NCCAA website, ďJeff Crews, senior central defender for Clearwater Christian College (FL) was named the Outstanding Player for the NCCAA DII menís soccer National Championship.

Clearwater Wins 2nd Straight National Soccer Championship!
(11/13/10) Clearwater Christian College won its second straight NCCAA D2 National Soccer Championship, defeating Ohio Christian University 2-0 in the national championship final. Tyler Spraul and Carl Lassegue scored in the first half as the Cougars built an early lead and never looked back.

Clearwater Wins in Shootout to Advances to National Championship Match
(11/12/10) Clearwater Christian College advanced to the NCCAA D2 National Championship match with a 5-4 shootout victory over Providence College following a scoreless draw. All 5 Clearwater shooters made their penalty kicks, with Drew Custer scoring on a clutch final kick to send the Cougars into the championship.

Cougars Takes Out Dallas 5-1 to Advance
(11/10/10) Clearwater Christian College defeated Dallas Christian College 5-1 as they opened their defense of their national championship in the opening round of the NCCAA D2 National Soccer Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida. Tyler Spraul scored a hat trick to lead the Cougars, and Juan Robayo contributed a goal and 3 assists.

Cougars Drop Match to Warner
(11/2/10) Clearwater Christian College dropped a tough-fought match to Warner University 2-0 in their final tuneup before the NCCAA National Tournament. Prior to the match, the eight seniors on the team were honored for their outstanding contributions to the college and soccer program.

Cougars Claim 2nd Straight South Region Championship
(10/30/10) Clearwater Christian College defeated Toccoa Falls College 2-0 on Saturday night to win the NCCAA South Region Championship for the 2nd year in a row.

Cougars Battle Back But Lose 4-3 to Thomas
(10/21/10) Clearwater Christian College lost 4-3 to Thomas University in a hard-fought match at Glen Oaks Park in Clearwater. Tyler Spraul led the Cougars with 1 goal and 2 assists in the loss, and Anthony DeRosse came up with several big saves to keep the Cougars in the match.

Cougars Win on the Road vs Ave Maria
(10/19/10) Clearwater Christian College defeated Ave Maria University (NAIA) 4-2 in men's soccer action Tuesday night. The Cougars jumped out early, scoring off a free kick in the 9th minute. Jeff Crews played the free kick over the top to Tyler Spraul who headed the ball to Brian Chidarikire who deftly finished with the outside of the foot to put the Cougars in the lead.

Senior Midfielder Receives NCCAA Athlete of the Week Award
(10/18/10) Senior Midfielder Tyler Spraul was named Student Athlete of the Week by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) for the week of October 4-10, 2010.

Cougars Play Tough but Fall to Montreat
(10/15/10) Clearwater Christian College lost a hard-fought match to Montreat College (NC) by a final score of 1-0. Leonard Walker scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute to push the Cavaliers to the win.

Cougars Earn Solid Win Against Ohio Christian
(10/8/10) Clearwater Christian College defeated Ohio Christian University in a rematch of the 2009 NCCAA national semifinal match. Tyler Spraul had an outstanding match, leading the Cougars with a hat trick.

Cougars Dominate Johnson Bible
(10/7/10) Clearwater Christian College defeated Johnson Bible College 7-0 in men's soccer action in the Atlanta area. This match was the first of 2 matches the Cougars are playing at Killian Hill Christian School in Lilburn, GA against teams from the NCCAA Mid-East Region.

Clearwater Clips Falcons to Improve to 8-2
(10/5/10) Clearwater Christian College defeated Florida College 4-1 in men's soccer action. The Falcons came into the match on a 4 game winning streak, but the Cougars took charge of the match early, scoring 2 goals in the first 8 minutes.

Cougars Top Chargers to Clinch Top Spot in Region
(10/2/10) Clearwater Christian College defeated Atlanta Christian College 1-0 to wrap up the #1 seed in the NCCAA South Region. With the win, the Cougars improve to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the region. Tyler Spraul scored the game-winning goal only 5 minutes into the match on a penalty kick after Drew Custer was pulled down inside the ACC box.

Cougars Dominate TFC in 5-0 Win
(10/1/10) Clearwater Christian College dismantled region opponent Toccoa Falls College 5-0 in men's soccer action Friday night. The Cougars were relentless in their attack, creating numerous chances to score off combinations and crosses. Tyler Spraul, team captain for the Cougars, opened the scoring ten minutes into the match with a brilliant free kick goal from 30 yards out.

Cougars Struggle Late in 4-0 Loss to Eckerd
(9/22/10) Clearwater Christian College lost to Eckerd College 4-0 Tuesday in men's soccer action. The Cougars played tough for 70 minutes, trailing by a score of 1-0 with only 20 minutes to go. But a flurry of goals by the Tritons in a five-minute span put the game out of reach for the Cougars.

Cougars Defeat the Fire in Rematch of 2009 National Championship
(9/16/10) The Clearwater Christian College men's soccer team defeated Southeastern University 1-0 in a rematch of the 2009 NCCAA D2 National Championship. Tyler Spraul scored the game winner in the first half off a free kick from 30 yards out in the 20th minute. The win was the 3rd straight win for the Cougars over the Fire including last year's National Championship game.

Cougars Dominate Play, Struggle to Finish in 1-0 Win
(9/14/10) Clearwater Christian College defeated Florida College 1-0 in men's soccer action Tuesday night in Temple Terrace. The Cougars got off to a great start, immediately putting the Falcons under pressure from the start and were rewarded when Mac Hildebrand scored off a Daniel Mauro assist only 10 minutes into the match.

Cougars Earn Tough 3-0 Win Over Chargers
(9/11/10) The Clearwater Christian College men's soccer team defeated Atlanta Christian College on Saturday afternoon to improve their overall record to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in the region. Tyler Spraul led the Cougars with 2 second half goals to seal the win.

Cougars Dominant in 6-0 Win Over Toccoa
(9/11/10) The Clearwater Christian College men's soccer team defeated Toccoa Falls College 6-0 to pick up their 3rd win of the season and open their region schedule with a dominant win. Drew Custer and Brian Waddle led the Cougars with 2 goals each for the Cougars while Paul Vanaman added 2 assists.

Cougars Drop Tough Match to Mocs
(9/8/10) The Clearwater men's soccer team lost 3-1 in a touch match with Florida Southern in Lakeland. The Mocs are a NCAA-II member and came into the match undefeated on the season. The Cougars took the lead in the 30th minute when midfielder Drew Custer found himself with room to maneuver just across the center line in Florida Southern territory. His long cross-field pass found Juan Robayo near the top right corner of the box, and Robayoís blast beat the keeper to put the Cougars ahead.

Alumni Game 2010
(9/4/10) The annual Alumni Game proved to be a challenging battle for the Cougar socccer team, who finally came through with a 3-0 win against the alumni. The alumni team, which included a number of former All-Americans and All-Region performers, made it difficult for the Clearwater team to score. The Cougars came out determined, playing quality soccer throughout the first half, controlling the run of play and creating scoring opportunities, but were unable to capitalize in the first half.

Cougars Take Shutout Win Against Brewton Parker in OT
(9/3/10) An intense match against NAIA program Brewton Parker ended with a 1-0 overtime victory for the Cougars. The men created several good scoring opportunities but could not capitalize. A solid performance by Clearwater's defense ensured no goals by Brewton Parker.

Close Scrimmage Ends in Loss for Cougars
(8/27/10) After an extended lightning delay the Cougars began a strong game against St. Thomas University. With under a minute left on the clock in the first half of the game Thiago Rocha scored off of a corner kick, bringing St. Thomas up 1-0.

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