The No. 10 nationally ranked Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team
(13-2) is headed to the NJCAA Tournament after defeating No. 17 nationally ranked Otero Junior College (15-2), 3-0 in the Region IX final on Nov. 3 in Cheyenne.
The Golden Eagles had their way with the Otero Junior College Rattlers. LCCC’s Delyaliz Rosario passed the ball to Maria Mardones, who chipped the ball over the Rattlers' goalie in the 22nd minute. Mardones assisted Sayit Mejia for the second goal in the 27th minute, giving the Eagles a two-goal lead at the half. The Golden Eagles punched their ticket to the national tournament when Zahimara Fantauzzi found Taylor Hockley for the final goal of the match. The Golden Eagles advance to the NJCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Nov. 11-18 in Melbourne, Fla.
Goals – (LCCC) Maria Mardones (Delyaliz Rosario) 22:00, (LCCC) Sayit Mejia (Maria Mardones) 27:00, (LCCC) Taylor Hockley (Zahimara Fantauzzi) 52:00
Shots on Goal – LCCC 10, OJC 6
Total Shots- LCCC 13, OJC 12
Keeper Saves – LCCC Missy Schultz 5 & Jessica England 1, OJC Sam McCurley 8
Offside – LCCC 1, OJC 2
Corner Kicks – LCCC 3, OJC 5
Before the Golden Eagles got to the Region IX final, they had to get through Region XVIII champions, North Idaho College, in a tough 2-1 victory on Nov. 2 at LCCC.
The Cardinals' Ellie Engle scored the first goal of the match in the third minute of play, assisted by Aubree Mercier. That early goal served as a wakeup call for the Golden Eagles. Taylor Hockley tied the score up in the 28th minute off an assist from Eri Unai. The score remained tied 1-1 going into the half. In the second half the Eagles dominated possession and were able to move the ball around freely. In the 59th minute the Cardinals were called for a foul. LCCC was awarded a free kick from about 30 yards out. Zahimara Fantauzzi took the free kick and put it over the NIC goalie for the game-winner.
Goals – (NIC) Ellie Engle (Aubree Mercier) 3:00 (LCCC) Taylor Hockley (Eri Unai) 28:00, (LCCC) Zahimara Fantauzzi (unassisted) 59:00
Shots on Goal – LCCC 12, NIC 4
Total Shots- LCCC 20, NIC 5
Keeper Saves – LCCC Missy Schultz 3, NIC Hannah Slinkard 5 & Alex Rodriguez 5
Offside – LCCC 0, NIC 2
Corner Kicks – LCCC 8, NIC 2