Friday, Aug. 31, produced heavy rain and 25-30 mph winds yet the Laker women were able to pull out a 3-1 win over MCC-Blue River. Cortnee Sanchez scored first, against the wind, but MCC would tie the game before half. With the wind, ILCC controlled the ball and tacked on two more goals, one first by Lizzy Rasmussen and one by Makayla Morris.
"It was some of the worst playing conditions imaginable for a soccer game, but in the end, you have to learn to play in this kind of weather," Iowa Lakes coach Ammon Bennett said. "We played very hard under very difficult conditions and that's about all you can ask."
The women's team faced 19th-ranked Johnson County Community College and defeated the Cavaliers, 2-1, in what Bennett called the "biggest win in Iowa Lakes women's soccer history."
"We are very proud of the effort that we put out today against one of the better teams in the country, and quite honestly, in the first half we were badly outplayed," Bennett said. "Johnson County had the wind advantage in the first half and put constant pressure on us but they missed on some golden opportunities they just couldn't put in."
Both ILCC's goals came in the second half, with Dania Rodriguez scoring first on a shot just outside the 18-yard line. After JCCC tied the game, Brittany Hansen's header would give the Lakers the lead and they would hold on for their third win of the season.
"We looked tired from the day before and at times didn't connect real well. We still have a long way to go and have a lot of areas to improve on but the good news is we can, and this makes the coaches excited," Bennett said.
The women will host Waldorf at Spencer Soccer Complex at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday).
The Laker men faced the same storm-like conditions on Friday the women did at MCC-Blue River but couldn't overcome as they fell, 6-3. The Lakers fell behind 3-0 early into the game, and despite battling back to tie the game, couldn't come away with the victory.
"The playing conditions were very tough and the ball was hard to handle, but in all honesty, we looked like a team that didn't want to play and the Trailblazers did. We looked flat and out of sorts and the team had no sense of team play," Bennett said. "We just looked poor throughout the game and even though we played hard as individuals, this kind of effort will never win a team game."
Milo Bruce-Burgess, Erick Guzman and Ryan Murray all scored goals in the loss.
On Saturday, the men bounced back with a 2-0 shutout win over Independence Community College, with Alex Tarin scoring on a header from a corner kick to take the lead in the first half. Carlos Sanchez added a second Laker goal in the second half.
"The performance was night and day when looking at how our team played," Bennett said. "We played better as a group, defended much better and our offensive movement was creative. My only complaint would be that we should have finished much better as we had several quality opportunities in front of the goal."
The Laker men will host conference opponent North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) at 4 p.m. at the Spencer Soccer Complex.