Soccer: ILCC women ranked 7th, win again

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Iowa Lakes freshman forward Brittany Hansen takes a shot off a bounce during Tuesday night's win over Waldorf, 4-1. The Laker women have started the season 4-0 and are now ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA poll.

The Iowa Lakes women's program has come a long way in just two years. In the program's first year, 2010, the Lakers won just a single game. After last year's 11-win campaign, Iowa Lakes has started out 4-0 and is ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA poll. The Laker women defeated Waldorf on Tuesday in Spencer, 3-1, for the team's fourth win.

"I'm very surprised by the ranking," Iowa Lakes coach Ammon Bennett said. "Although I feel we're a solid team, I'm not putting a lot of stock in the ranking right now. All it really means, at this point, is how far the team has advanced in the last 18 months."

Iowa Lakes gave up an early goal to Waldorf but were able to answer quickly and control the rest of the game, out-shooting Waldorf 25-1 after giving up the first goal. Freshman Lizzy Rasmussen scored two goals, while Brittany Hansen added a third. Kelsey Johnson earned her first collegiate win in goal.

The Laker women's ranking will be put to the test immediately as they face No. 4 Iowa Western on Friday and No. 18 Laramie County on Saturday, both in Council Bluffs.


The ILCC men's team won its second match in a row and improved to 2-2 overall and now 1-0 in the conference after a 4-1 win over NIACC on Tuesday afternoon in Spencer. The Lakers lead 2-0 at half time and 4-0 in the second half before giving up a goal.

Rodrigo Arechega scored two goals, Ryan Murray scored on a penalty kick, and Lewis Robson also scored a goal.

Iowa Lakes forward Carlos Sanchez makes a diving attempt to head the ball past NIACC goalie Aiden Bacher during Tuesday afternoon's match at the Spencer Soccer Complex. Bacher made the save, but Iowa Lakes would get the win, 4-1. (Photos by Zach Jevne)

"We played better (Tuesday) but still not the level we're capable of," Bennett said. "We still have to improve our communication and overall team play."

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