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Women's soccer loses dramatic semifinal game at nationals

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Golden Eagles finished the season with an 18-2-3 record.

Women's Soccer team holding 3rd place trophy

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles women’s soccer team was looking to get a little revenge on the Reivers of Iowa Western Community College. The Golden Eagles came into the semi-final matchup as the seventh seed after knocking off the 11th seed St. Louis Community College Lancers and the second seed Paradise Valley Community College Pumas in pool play. Iowa Western came into the National Tournament as the No. 1 seed and had topped the Golden Eagles earlier in the year 2-0.

Sophomore leading goal scorer Taylor Hockley came into the game with 20 goals on the year and was looking to propel the Golden Eagles into the final. The game started off with a tempo favoring the Reivers, but after about 15 minutes, the Golden Eagles began to settle into the game and started connecting through the midfield. They opened up the field and created some opportunities, but neither team could find the goal and went into halftime all knotted up 0-0.

During the second half, both teams continued to play some great soccer, with each team getting a couple of good looks in front of goal. Still tied at the end of regulation 0-0, two 10-minute overtimes were played. Both goal keepers in the net made great saves in the overtime periods to keep their teams alive. Freshman goal keeper Jessie Bradley got her hands on a shot at the end of the first overtime.

The game eventually went into a penalty kick shootout. This was not something new for the Golden Eagles, as they had gone to a shootout with Paradise Valley a couple of days previously and won 4-2 in the shootout. The result was different this time, as the Iowa Western goal keeper stopped two penalty kicks, and Iowa Western made four, giving them the victory.

The Golden Eagles finished the year with an 18-2-3 record. Two players made the All-Tournament Team – sophomores Seyit Mejia-Bello and Taylor Hockley.

Shots: LCCC- 11
Iowa Western- 15
Saves: LCCC- 6
Iowa Western- 4
Corner Kicks: LCCC- 3
Iowa Western- 3
Fouls: LCCC- 6
Iowa Western- 14
Cards: Iowa Western- yc Celia Jimenez 104th minute

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