Nov. 5, 2012, 11:25 a.m.

Eagles rise to the occasion, go to nationals

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The women's soccer team celebrates its win over Otero Junior College on Nov. 3.

Mathew McKay, Co-sports Editor

The 10-ranked Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team earned its first birth to the national tournament since 2010, defeating No. 17-ranked Otero Junior College 3—0 on Nov. 3.

Following the district championship game, LCCC head coach Jim Gardner looked back to the beginning of the game and said he knew his team had to get off to a good start in order to make a statement, and that is exactly what happened.

The Eagles scored two goals within a six-minute span in the first half to take the lead. The first goal of the game came in the 22nd minute, when Maria Francisca Mardones lofted a pass from Francesca Ali past Otero goalkeeper Sam McCurley. The second goal, six minutes later, was set up similar to the first, as Mardones passed to Sayit Yeneysa Mejia Bello for the same result.

After the quick start, the Golden Eagles finished the second half with a goal from freshmen Taylor Hockley.

On defense, LCCC goalie Marissa Schultz finished with six saves including two saves during a free kick by Brittney Lacek which included a rebound shot by a second player.

The Eagles set up the third match of the post season against Otero Junior College with its Nov. 2, 2—1 win over North Idaho College. The Eagles have yet to hear who they will face in the first round of the NJCAA National Soccer Tournament Nov. 12.


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