Witchita, KS: District Rival Laramie County CC found the back of the net 3 times to beat struggling Iowa Western CC
How It Happened: The Reivers started the match well verse the Golden Eagles from Cheyenne earning a penalty in the 5 minute of play. The Reivers combined well to get Sophomore Moriah Lucas in to the 18 who was then brought down by a Laramie defender. However, the ensueing kick struck the cross bar and the follow-up ended up over the bar. The Reivers continued to press and were rewarded with another foul. This time from 40 yards out. Captain Estefania Cardona struck the free kick in to the side netting, just passed the outstretched Golden Eagle goalkeeper. Iowa Western would continue to dominate the half limiting LCCC to jus one shot in the half.
The Reivers started the second half well creating a few opportunities, however, the Golden Eagles found their equalizer off a 25 yard shot that hit the top left corner of the post and in to the net. Iowa Western thought the found the winner through Freshman left back, Sophie Hoban, but she was deemed offside. LCCC struck again 12 later on a counter-attack, which would prove to be the match winner. Laramie finished off the match in the 82' off another counter-attack.
Notes & Numbers: Iowa Western drops to 1-3 on the season. Estefania Cardona registered her 2nd goal of the season, tied with Moriah Lucas for the team lead.
Quotes: Coach Adam Sanchez: "I thought we again looked great in possession and how we moved the ball against a quality opponnent. We controlled the rhythm and tempo of the matches we played in this weekend. However, soccer is not a sport with judges and you aren't rewarded points for style. It's the team that is most effective in front of the goal and puts the ball in the back of the net that gets the reward. We need to figure that out and finish the chances that we create. We now have a very clear picture of what we need to do to improve and find that balance. We believe we have the solutions with in the group and we can make the adjustments."
Up Next: The Reivers will look to recover this week and then travel to Michigan next weekend for a pair of big matches verse Jackson College and Monroe Community College. The match can be viewed live at www.njcaatv.com/iwcc. Match updates can be found on Twitter at @ReiverWSoccer.