The Laramie County Community College women's soccer team made its seventh NJCAA National Tournament appearance and first since 2013 on Monday, Nov. 16. LCCC opened up the tournament by facing No. 3 Iowa Central Community College. The game was a rude welcome to the tournament; the Golden Eagles fell to the Tritons 4-0.
A slow start hampered the Golden Eagles. The Tritons found the net in the second minute of the match. A player was able to get free on the back end and tucked away her shot. The Tritons increased the high pressure and frustrated the Golden Eagles. Possession favored ICCC, and the Tritons tacked on a second goal in the 44th minute to make it 2-0 right before the half.
Looking to close the gap, the Golden Eagles changed formations in an attempt to get more of an attack by pushing more numbers forward. ICCC found a gap in the 47th minute and played the ball up and over the back line, allowing the Tritons to get their third goal. LCCC Goalkeeper Madison Duffin (Idaho Falls, Idaho) made some outstanding saves in the second half, but the Tritons were able to get their fourth goal in the 54th minute off a penalty kick. LCCC created some chances but was unable to break through.
The loss makes it difficult for the Golden Eagles to advance to the next round. LCCC will have to defeat Lewis & Clark Community College at 10:30 (MDT) Tuesday, Nov. 17, and root for Lewis & Clark to beat Iowa Central if they have any hope to advance. The loss puts the Golden Eagles at 14-5-2 on the year.