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Soccer faces MWC opponents: Men’s and women’s teams 3-1 overall on the weekend in Monmouth against Lake Forest and Carroll

October 24, 2014

Kimarri Campbell \ The Courier - Senior Alex Ivie races opponent Katelyn Hornek to the ball in the Scot's game against Lake Forest on Saturday.

Peacock Field played host to Carroll University and Lake Forest College last weekend as both the men’s and women’s soccer teams faced their Midwest Conference rivals. Both Scots teams walked away hoping for a better outcome after combining for a 1-3 weekend after the women’s game concluded on Sunday.

The men’s team went 1-1 defeating Lake Forest 1-0, but losing to the Pioneers 3-1, while the women’s team was bested 5-0 by the Foresters and were followed up by a 4-0 loss to Pioneers on Sunday.

The women’s team entered Saturday’s game against the nationally ranked Lake Forest team optimistic for a win over the Foresters. Lake Forest got 11 shots off, but freshman goal tender Nicole Neagle allowed just one goal to be scored. The defense couldn’t keep up the pace allowing four goal to be scored over the final 35 minutes.

“Our team showed heart and teamwork for our games this past weekend,” said senior Alex Ivie. “We stuck with the 17th team in the nation [Lake Forest] for 55 minutes of a 90 minutes game. Unfortunately, we got beat in the second half of the game, but we’re able to put more people in the game and showed our depth on the bench.”

The men’s team continued their winning streak on Saturday after besting the Foresters in a 1-0 defensive struggle. The first half saw no goals scored after 45 minutes, and it wasn’t until 55 minutes into the game that the lone goal was scored for the Scots. Sophomore Brad Dulee fed freshman Luke Vandenberg the ball, which lead to his second goal of the season. The Foresters and Scots managed just nine total shots between the two teams.

Kimarri Campbell \ The Courier - Junior Chizobam Nkemeh attempts a pass to a teammate in the men's game against the Foresters.

“Before the game against Lake Forest it was very emotional since we haven’t beat them for years we needed that game to show the conference we meant business,” said junior Chizo Nkemeh. “One of our strengths was coming together and finding a way to win which we did on Saturday something we still have to work on is being able to use are heads when are legs are tired.”

The women went into Sunday’s game hoping for a better outcome, but their offense was silenced by the Pioneer’s defense. The Scot’s offense managed just two shots on the game. Carroll managed to score the first two goals within the first 13 minutes of the game and sealed their victory by scoring two goals in seven minutes in the second period.

“It’s hard having a losing season and being so low in the conference standings this year after having a phenomenal last two seasons,” said junior Lauren Towler.

“All season we’ve been trying to figure out where we went wrong, and what to improve, but we could never quite figure it out. Most of all, I just feel disappointed because I know the potential our team has. It’s the last year for our two seniors Alex Ivie and Lauren Kellen and I wish we could’ve given them a good last season of soccer after all they’ve contributed to our team” she said.

The men looked to keep their impressive streak of 400 straight scoreless minutes alive, but that came to an end within the game’s first eleven minutes. Carroll continued to fire off shots against Monmouth, scoring two more goals in the games second half. It wasn’t until the 77th minute that Nkemeh scored the Scot’s lone goal off a penalty kick.

“It was a disappointing loss to Carroll, and the team as a whole was down after the game,” said junior Max Daniels. “Our legs and bodies were very tired when facing Carroll. When this occurs, instead of focusing on what to do with the ball, or communicating with your teammates, you only focus on how tired your legs are.  Due to this, our communication lacked against Carroll.”

The women’s team now sits at 4-12 on the season and has been eliminated from postseason play. The men are now 7-8-1, but 5-2-1 in conference with two Midwest games left to play. They’ll take on Grinnell College this Saturday at noon, with the women following up against Grinnell afterwards.

“We are doing amazing things out there on the field,” said junior Danny Guzman. “I feel that we can end up in the final four of conference and make it really far in the conference tournament. It is a dream that is in the process of becoming reality.“

Anthony Matozzi
Contributing Writer

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