HCC athletic teams have been in contention for national championships before.
Golfer Greg Strattner lost a one-hole playoff for the Division III national title in 2007. The men's soccer team played in the national championship game in 1999 and 2000, losing both times.
This week, the HCC women's soccer team has a chance to do what no sports team in school history has ever done -- win a national title.
"Hopefully, the soccer gods will shine down upon us and we can get over that hump," said Tom Stewart, HCC's athletic director.
The Lady Cougars will travel to Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, N.Y., for the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division III National Championships. The team finished a record-breaking season with 16 wins and 2 losses. They won the NJCAA regional championship with a 2-1 victory against Bunker Hill Community College on Oct. 28, moving up to a ranking of No. 3 in the country in Division III.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m., they will face Mohawk Valley Community College, the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
"We've played them in the past," said coach Rob Galazka. "They're a very strong program. I expect them to be very good. But the bottom line is, if we play the way we're capable of playing, we can beat them. If you're going to win a national championship, you're going to have to beat the number one team."
A win will advance the team to the semi-final game on Friday, Nov. 9. A win there will put them into the champsionship game on Sunday.