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Weekend Recap: Volleyball team has strong showing at Kansas tournament; soccer teams have mixed results

LCCC volleyball team goes 3-1 over the weekend

The Golden Eagles volleyball team was in Highland, Kansas, over the weekend for the Highland Community College Tournament. The team went 3-1 with victories over the NJCAA No. 2 D2 team Kansas City Community College, Iowa Central Community College (which also received votes) and Ellsworth Community College.

The Eagles’ lone defeat came to the host school Highland Community College in four sets (22-25, 25-14, 22-25, 22-25). It was the first game for the Eagles of the tournament. As a team, the Golden Eagles hit .243 and posted 18 assisted blocks in the four sets.

The Eagles bounced back in the afternoon with a win over Kansas City Community College in three sets, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23.

In day two of action, the Golden Eagles got victories against Iowa Central Community College in four sets, 22-25, 25-20, 25-9, and 25-22. LCCC closed out the tournament with a sweep of Ellsworth Community College in straight sets, 25-10, 25-13, and 25-21.

The Golden Eagles improve to 8-4 on the year and are back at home Tuesday, Sept. 8. Their match against Colorado Christian University begins at 7 p.m. in the LCCC gym.

Women’s soccer splits at home

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles women’s soccer team was eager to play at home after being on the road the first two weeks of the season playing some top-15 programs. The Golden Eagles went 1-1 over the weekend.

Friday, they hosted Otero Junior College and fell 1-0. It was a match in which the Golden Eagles had good opportunities at the goal. Otero converted its goal in the 29th minute on a set piece. From about 40 yards out, Otero ran a trick play that had the kicker kick the ball over the wall, and a player from Otero who was lined up in the wall ran onto it and flicked her shot over the keeper for the goal.

Saturday, the Golden Eagles came out and took it to Trinidad State Junior College early and earned a 5-1 victory.

Sophomore Eden Stoddard (New South Wales, Australia) got things going in the 13th minute as she knocked in a cross from freshman Logan Garard (New South Wales, Australia). Stoddard made it 2-0 two minutes later as she converted a corner kick from Aubrey Gessner (Aurora, Colorado). In the 30th minute, Trinidad State Junior College cut the lead in half on a breakaway.

Garard responded quickly in the second half, extending the lead back to two as she finished a pass from sophomore Erin Elder (Tridell, Utah). Midfielder Brittney Crank (Idaho Falls, Idaho) got the fourth goal in the 51st minute on a cross from freshman Shauni Griffiths (London, England). Sophomore Brenda Vasquez got the fifth and final goal in the 65th minute as she followed up on a shot from Garard.

The Golden Eagles are now 3-2-1 on the year and will host Western Wyoming Community College at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Golden Eagles men’s soccer drops home opener

Despite outshooting their opponent 24-6, the Golden Eagles lost their home opener 2-1 to USU-College of Eastern Utah.

The Golden Eagles had the run of play in the first half and got on the board first in the 28th minute as freshman Rafael Munoz (Las Vegas, Nevada) found fellow freshman Tristan White (Riverton, Wyoming) at the top of the 18-yard box. White stuck it in the back of the net. USU-College of Eastern Utah equalized the score in the 45th minute, when Luis Rico finished a cross from Andres Garza just before the half.

LCCC fell behind in the second half in the 56th minute when a player for USU-College of Eastern Utah was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. Andres Garza converted from the spot and gave Eastern Utah a 2-1 lead. The Golden Eagles had some decent looks but couldn’t capitalize.

The Golden Eagles fall to 0-3 on the year with the loss. They are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 9, for their first Region IX game. They will host Western Wyoming Community College with kickoff at 1:30 p.m.