The Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team grabbed a spot in the 2015 NJCAA National Tournament by winning the Region IX/District C tournament this past weekend in Denver, Colorado.
The Golden Eagles entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and faced off with USU-College of Eastern Utah in a semi-final match on Friday, Nov. 6. LCCC had drawn 0-0 with College of Eastern Utah earlier in the year in Cheyenne. It didn’t take long for the LCCC Golden Eagles to get on the board this time, as sophomore Erin Elder (Tridell, Utah) gave LCCC the lead in the second minute when she got on the end of a cross from sophomore Megan Campbell (Aurora, Colorado). Sophomore goalkeeper Madison Duffin (Idaho Falls, Idaho) came up with a few big saves to hold onto the clean sheet. The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead into the half.
Laramie County continued to get shots off in the second half and finally gained some separation from College of Eastern Utah in the 73rd minute when Elder grabbed her second goal of the match with help from sophomore Eden Stoddard (New South Wales, Australia), who played her a through ball. Sophomore Acacia Stephen (Firestone, Colorado) put the finishing statement to the match in the 87th minute when she finished a pass from Campbell.
Saturday, Nov. 7, the Golden Eagles met up with No. 1 seed Otero Junior College, who had won both meetings during the regular season. LCCC was looking to get off to a fast start and did so in the seventh minute when a corner kick by freshman Logan Garard (New South Wales, Australia) went off the keeper and into the net to put LCCC up 1-0. Stoddard made it 2-0 in the 36th minute when she picked off a pass and put her shot up and over the keeper.
The second half had the Rattlers pressuring more, looking to get back in the game, but that worked to the favor of the Golden Eagles. They got their third goal on a counter attack in the 64th minute when Stoddard played freshman Jemma House (Sydney Australia) in behind the defense for a breakaway. The Rattlers responded a minute later on a header off a corner kick. Things got more interesting as Otero cut the lead to one in the 80th minute. LCCC held on and captured the Region IX Championship and earned a trip to the National Tournament in Melbourne, Florida.
The Golden Eagles are seeded No. 10 for the National Tournament. They’ll begin with pool play, where they’ll be in Pool C with No. 3 Iowa Central Community College and No. 6 Lewis & Clark Community College (Illinois).
They’ll play their first game at 10:30 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) on Monday, Nov. 16, against Iowa Central. The Golden Eagles’ second game will be at 10:30 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) on Tuesday, Nov. 17, against Lewis & Clark.
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