Fisk University’s Soccer Makes History

By Jori Rice
Updated: November 14, 2007

Fisk UniversityNASHVILLE — This past season, Fisk University’s Division III all-black soccer team made history by being the first black college soccer team composed of international players to beat a number one ranked university.

“Fisk soccer is on the rise,” head coach Jao Makor said. “We are competitive with other universities now. Last year we won for the first time in school history. This year we defeated Trevecca University.”

Trevecca University was the No. 1-ranked soccer team in Nashville. However, they fell to Fisk on Sept 25 during the season 2-1. The Bulldogs played in their first battle for pride, but they also took advantage of their opportunities on offense, and won the game.

The game was tightly contested throughout, but Fisk found ways to capitalize while Trevecca saw several great shots sail just wide of the net from Wayne Waitter (Jamaica), Sami Ayad (Brazil), Leroy Spencer (Jamaica) and Garfield Okley (Jamaica).

Throughout the first half of play, Fisk, who play in Great South Atlantic Conference, made the most of its numerous chances on offense. Okley netted his second goal of the season, with an assist from Spencer.

Trevecca’s defense was attacked early and was tested throughout the match. Their one goal came in the 37th minute of the match, and the score held until halftime.

Fisk came in the second half, taking shots after the break.

The Bulldogs iced the game in the 88th minute, as Ayad attacked the goal and was able to push the ball in the eighteen yard box past Trevecca’s defense and score for the victory.

The defensive unit for Fisk University was lead by Sean Bailey (Jamaica), William Anderson (Jamaica), Ackeil Facey (Jamaica), Darryl Beneby (Bahamas) and Demmoy Lewis (Jamaica).

“Our defense is our foundation while our offense is coming along,” Makor said “But the team over all does their best.” Meanwhile, there are not many black soccer teams in the state of Tennessee but Makor believes the schools are the ones to blame for the lack.

“Black universities have no interest in soccer due to many factors, and economics is the main factor but soccer is not expensive to play or participate in as a sport.”, added Coach Makor

The Bulldogs, who finished 1-9 during the season, will continue on for next season with Coach Makor. “Some of the advice I like to give my players are school first and sports second,” Makor said.

“Discipline and dedication are the two most important things you need.”