Recap of women's soccer games against Salt Lake and Laramie Sept. 15 and 17
The Cardinal women’s soccer team played two games the weekend of Sept. 15-17. Both games were played at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Sept. 15 match featured NIC playing SLCC in both teams’ first league game of the season. The Cardinals got on the scoreboard first at the nine-minute mark of the first half when Whitney Melton beat a defender on the right side of the penalty area and then slotted a shot past a diving goalkeeper. About 10 minutes later, SLCC was awarded a penalty kick that resulted in a score by Cassie Moore. The Cardinals came back to score 15 minutes into the second half when Megan Wells hit a shot from the left side of the goal box that was partially blocked by the SLCC goalkeeper, but had enough velocity to make it over the goal line before a defender could kick it out. SLCC then tied the game eight minutes before the final whistle when Jesse Solorzano hit a shot from 40 yards out that slipped through the Cardinal keeper’s hands and into the goal. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
The second game of the weekend had NIC facing the NJCAA fifth-ranked team, Laramie County Community College (LCCC). LCCC knew how to finish taking advantage of a goalkeeper error and a breakaway goal in the first half and two goalkeeper errors in the second half to down the Cardinals 4-1. The NIC goal came late in the second half when freshman midfielder, McKenzie Favero, got by an LCCC defender on the right side of the penalty and blasted a shot past the keeper into the left side-panel of the goal. It was an unusual game as NIC had much of the ball through the middle of the field, but difficulty finding good shots and made some defensive errors. If NIC wins the Region 18 tournament at the end of the season they will likely face LCCC again in the first game of the district tournament.
NIC’s current record is 3-3-1 overall and 0-0-1 in league. The Cardinals play two games at home this coming weekend; facing Western Nevada Community College at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 and Northwest Christian College at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.For More Information
NIC Head Women's Soccer Coach Dan Hogan, (208) 769-5952Posted: Monday, Sept. 18, 2006