Posted at 12:35 p.m., Sept. 4, 2014

Eagles drop two close games

The Laramie County Community College men’s soccer team got off to a rough start this season in the Windy City.

The first game on Aug. 30 for the Eagles was against Parkland College (3-0) when two goals by the Cobras in the first half proved to be the downfall for the Eagles. LCCC responded with two goals of its own early in the second half by Brandon Flores, with an assist from Willy Salamanca, and Mario Garcia, with an assist from Dennis Vivar-Diaz.

Parkland responded with two more goals near the end of the match for a final score of 4-2.

The second match pitted LCCC against Lincoln Land Community College (3-1) on Aug. 31. At halftime Lincoln Land had a 2-1 lead with the Eagles’ lone goal in the half from Junior Quiroz assisted by Vivar-Diaz.

The Loggers got an early goal to begin the second half, but LCCC managed to respond later in the game with two goals of its own from Chance Wiedrich, assisted by Quiroz, and Mario Garcia assisted by Salamanca.

At the end of regulation, tied 3-3 they were headed to overtime. First overtime saw no scoring from both squads, but in the second overtime at the 105th minute Jake Stults sealed the win for Lincoln Land.

LCCC was one of four schools in the Kick Out Hunger Tournament from Aug. 30-Aug. 31, that featured teams from Illinois and Indiana converging in Chicago for a few regular-season matches.

The Eagles will have a break this week and will look forward to their first conference game next Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Western Wyoming Community College (2-2) at 3 p.m.