NORFOLK – A slow start for the Northeast Community College men’s soccer team against #4 Iowa Western Community College here yesterday led to a 10-0 loss.
Iowa Western scored seven of their ten goals in a hard-fought first half. Northeast regrouped at halftime and managed to build a stronger offensive attack but were unable to net a goal.
“Although we have a few injuries, I thought that we would come out stronger, but we played soft in the first half,” said Hawks Coach Doug Seigle. “(Iowa Western) came out and pushed us around the entire field in the first half, and we never could recover.”
“The college game is physical, and we took too long to adjust to the physical part of the game. We played better in the second half, but we still need to be more aggressive and do a better job of communicating.”
Northeast’s Carter Holthus recorded nine saves for the game. Iowa Western outshot Northeast 28 to five, and also had more shots on goal, with 19 to Northeast’s one.
The Hawks (2-9) face Indian Hills Community College on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Norfolk. Game time is 2 p.m.
NORFOLK – The Northeast Community College women’s soccer team took #7 Iowa Western Community College into overtime here yesterday. And although the Hawks dropped the game, 1-0, Coach Chad Miller saw it as a win.
“Playing into overtime with one of the top rated teams in the country is a win in my book no matter the outcome,” he said. “The game was great, the atmosphere was great, the girls played a fantastic game. Our girls really wanted a win from this, but they all know how great of an effort they gave and how successful this outcome is.”
Iowa Western controlled possession for the majority of the game, but Miller said his team’s defense did a phenomenal job shutting down their attack and keeping their shots outside of the 18 box.
About three minutes into the overtime period for the scoreless game, Iowa Western netted a corner kick. Northeast goalkeeper Kaitlyn Van Surksum got a touch on it, but an Iowa Western player on the backside was able to corral the ball and put it in the net.
Van Surksum recorded 13 saves for Northeast. Iowa Western had 14 shots on goal to Northeast’s four.
“Mixed emotions from our girls after the loss, but we were extremely proud of our effort tonight,” said Miller.
Northeast (2-7-2) hosts Indian Hills Community College on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Norfolk. Game time is 4 p.m.