NORFOLK – The Northeast Community College men’s soccer team fought a hard match against Iowa Central here Wednesday, but fell short late in the game with a final score of 5-1. Brady Fister, Norfolk, scored the lone goal for the Hawks.
“I thought we came out and played well, despite the cold and injuries we had today,” said Doug Seigle, Northeast coach. “We held them to one goal in the first half while were playing against the wind; it felt that we were in a good position to win going into the second half.”
The Hawks came out strong in the second half, but gave up a penalty kick with approximately five minutes into the second half, which Seigle said, “knocked the wind of us.”
Northeast regained its composure and created scoring opportunities throughout the second half, but the Hawks were called for a second penalty kick with 20 minutes left in the game. Two minutes later, Fister put away a loose ball in the box to cut the lead to 3-1.
Seigle said the Hawks started to take some chance pushing forward in an effort to try to get two more goals, but gave up two goals in the last ten minutes.
“I think we played better than the score indicates with some great scoring chances in both halves that could have changed the game. We never gave up. We will learn from this experience and get better as a team moving forward.”
The Tritons outshot the Hawks 18-11 and shots on goal, 14-7. Northeast’s Troy Elliot recorded nine saves compared to Iowa Central’s five.
Northeast will take on Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA, on Saturday at 2 p.m.
NORFOLK – The Northeast Community College women’s soccer team was shutout in a match here Wednesday, 4-0.
The Triton’s scored their first goal in the 33rd minute, then followed it up with a looping goal a few minutes later to take the lead into halftime,
Northeast Coach Chad Miller said his team had some good runs and some opportunities, but Iowa Central did a good job of getting in the way or causing a deflection.
“They were able to get two more goals in the second half, but I felt we played well. The game was pretty balanced even though the score was lopsided.”
Miller said the loss comes at a difficult time for his players.
Shots were pretty even…we just needed to get a few more on goal. I am ok with this loss. We are pretty banged up right now and we have people moved around and playing positions that they aren’t used to playing. We are needing our bench a lot more and they are doing a fantastic job filling in where needed. If we can get a few people back and get back to our positions, we will be fine.”
Iowa Central had eight shots on goal compared to five for the Hawks. Susy Penaflor and Katie Martindale recorded two saves each.
Northeast travels to Waterloo, IA, on Saturday for a match against Hawkeye Community College at