Athlete of the Week
By William Musgrove
The Marshalltown Community College men's soccer team is this
year's Region XI tourney winners, beating Iowa Western 1-0 in the finale. This
win is due in part to amazing performances that Marshalltown's players produced
through the tournament. Yet, one player that they couldn't have done without is
Javier Lopez, a native from Granada Spain.
Lopez would be a key player all through the tournament,
leading his team to victory on more than one occasion. He proved that he is one
of Marshalltown main offensive threats by scoring the winning goal against NIACC
in the first round and scoring the winning goal, in the 88th minute, against
Iowa Central in the quarterfinals.
However, Lopez is more than just the offensive catalyst of
the team, he can play defense as well. Anchoring the defense, he helped
Marshalltown hold .96 goals against average.
With the win in the Region IX tourney Marshalltown punched their
ticket to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Albany. That is something
that Lopez and the whole team can be proud of.