Posted at 5 p.m. Nov. 1, 2016

Womens soccer claim victory in the region IX regional tournament

The Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team won the Region IX Regional Championship at Metro State University in Denver on Oct. 29-30. The team’s two wins this weekend extends the team’s win streak to 16.

“They’re playing well as a team,” Jim Gardner, women’s soccer coach, said. “The style we play is more team-oriented and it’s more of a family atmosphere rather than individual.”

The Golden Eagles played Western Wyoming Community College in the Regional semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 29, and won 4-0. Sophomore forward Jemma House scored on an assist from sophomore midfielder Shauni Griffiths in the 12th minute. Freshman midfielder Abby Morillon scored on an assist from sophomore midfielder Aubrey Gessner in the 18th minute. Freshman midfielder Elise Atkins scored on an assist from freshman midfielder Nikita Woods in the 45th minute. Midfielder Natalie de Marco scored on an assist from Woods in the 77th minute. The Golden Eagles’ defense did not allow any shots on goal throughout this match.

“Defense, possession, attack, we started off with a defensive mentality,” Gardner said. “That mentality has been consistent throughout the season and our girls are doing a great job turning defensive stops into scoring opportunities.”

The Golden Eagles faced off against Otero Junior College in the regional final on Sunday, Oct. 30, and won 5-0. House earned a hat trick off of two early first-half goals and one goal in the second half. Woods scored on an assist from de Marco in the 27th minute. Freshman forward Dani House scored on an assist from sophomore defensive-midfielder Sarah Erickson in the 89th minute. Goalie Jess Urquhart had three saves in this match.

“It’s hard to single anyone out,” Gardner said. “I think all the girls played exceptionally well and did their jobs.”

The Golden Eagles will be facing off against Snow College in the District championship at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Badger Stadium in Euphraim, Utah.

“They’re a new team, they’re athletic, they’ve got a good defense, but they don’t have a great attack,” Gardner said. “I’m not sure how they will hold up against our team considering they haven’t seen a team with the speed and talent that we have.”


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