Posted at 1 p.m. Oct. 24, 2016

Fifth-ranked soccer runs win streak to 10

Jemma

Victory streak:

Left: Nikita Woods drives past a defender. Right: Jemma House prepares to shoot on the goal.

Photos by Cody Fox

Nikita

The Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team has proven to be the dominant team not just in Region 9 play, but against some of the best teams in the nation this season.

“It’s been a good season, the girls have played hard and I think they’ve done remarkably well,” Jim Gardner, the women’s soccer coach, said. “We’ve reeled in 10 straight wins, the girls have stepped up and hopefully they can do so Friday against Eastern Florida.”

The Golden Eagles are currently ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA Division I women’s soccer rankings and are on a 10-game win streak. The Golden Eagles average margin of victory during this 10-game win streak is by 4.4 goals. The Golden Eagles overall record is 12-1-1 and 11-1 in conference play. The Golden Eagles are 6-0 at home.

“I think we are the front runners as far as the region goes,” Gardner said. “We’ve got at least a 2.5 game lead on everyone so we can’t lose the top spot at this point. A conference championship isn’t the same as a regional or national championship by any means.”

Forward Jemma House leads the Golden Eagles in goals and shots. She is fifth in the nation in goals with 20 and second in the nation in shots with 87. Midfielders Shauni Griffiths and Abby Morillon lead the Golden Eagles in assists and are 15th in the nation in assists with nine each.

I think we are the front runners as far as the region goes.”

Jim Gardner

Women’s head soccer coach

“There’s a lot of leaders on this team,” Gardner said. “Our sophomores have done a great job of staying focused and keeping the rest of the girls focused as well.”

The Golden Eagles are 14th in the nation in goals with 50, fifth in the nation in shots with 287, and 12th in the nation in assists with 39.

The Golden Eagles have two regular season matchups remaining and they are both at home. They took on Western Nebraska Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, No. 1 ranked Eastern Florida State College on Friday, Oct. 14, at the LCCC Athletic Fields; and Western Wyoming Community College at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Athletic Fields. Check out wingspan.lccc.wy.edu for updated scores and stats for the Western Nebraska, Eastern Florida and Western Wyoming games.

As the Golden Eagles enter postseason play, Gardner told his team
to be relentless.

“We want to stay on top of things and play as hard as we can,” Gardner said. “Sometimes that’s hard to do consistently, but once we get into the postseason we have to be relentless and stay on top of our game.”

The Region 9 district championships will be held starting Nov. 5. The location has not been determined.


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