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Members of the Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team warm up for practice on Oct. 23. The team finished the season ranked No. 14 with a record of 12–4–1.

Photo by Collin Wedl

Posted at 4:26 p.m., Nov. 5, 2014

Glory road: Eagles ready for regionals

Laramie County Community College’s No. 14 nationally ranked women’s soccer team had a late-season test against the No. 1 team in the nation before finishing the regular season at home heading into the Region IX tournament.

LCCC finished the regular season against Western Wyoming Community College (3-11-2, 2-4) on Oct. 25. At halftime, the score was even between both teams at zero, but LCCC turned up the offense in the second half with two goals from forward Megan Campbell and another from midfielder Brittney Crank. The three goals from the Golden Eagles were more than enough to secure the win as LCCC defeated Western Wyoming 3-0. Goalies Madison Duffin and Jessie Bradley both helped preserve the shutout for LCCC as they split time playing, and both saved two shots on goal in the matchup.

But, before that final regular season game, LCCC traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa, Oct. 18-19. On Oct. 19 the Golden Eagles played the No. 1 nationally ranked team in the country and defending national champion Iowa Western Community College (18-0-1). Iowa Western beat LCCC in the 2013 national championships in a penalty kick shootout, after playing 110 scoreless minutes, including two overtimes. LCCC was shut out by Iowa Western 2-0.

Eagles bounce back

However, the road trip to Iowa did start on a positive note on Oct. 18. LCCC faced Saint Louis Community College (2-13), picking up a huge win 5-0. LCCC led at halftime 2-0. In the second half, LCCC scored three more goals within a three-minute span. Goals came from Crank, defender Kaitlin Boothe and forward Eden Stoddard with an assist from Crank. Goalies Duffin and Bradley again spilt time in the shutout for the Golden Eagles.

LCCC finished the regular season 12-4-1 and 8-2-1 in Region IX. The Eagles finished second in the Region IX conference behind No. 5 ranked Otero Junior College (12-1-1, 11-0-1).

The Golden Eagles will be in postseason action at the Region IX tournament in Thornton, Colorado, Nov. 7-8.

Schedule and scores

Golden Eagles shutout St. Louis CC