Soccer: Lakers stumble over weekend

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Iowa Lakes forward Ryan Murray shoots and scores on a penalty kick last week in a win over NIACC. The Lakers traveled to Council Bluffs this weekend and lost games to Iowa Western and Barton Community College. The Laker women also fell twice. (Photo by Zach Jevne)

Iowa Lakes traveled play two games at Iowa Western in Council Bluffs on Friday and Saturday, and both programs went 0-2. The women, fresh off a top-10 ranking for the first in school history, faced a higher-ranked team in No. 4 Iowa Western and lost 3-1. It was the Laker women's first loss of the season.

"Iowa Western is very good and we simply weren't ready for the pressure they applied to us most of the game," head coach Ammon Bennett said. "We panicked a lot and made several errors and against a quality opponent like Iowa Western you're not going to have a great deal of success."

The women fell to Laramie County, 2-1, on Saturday to drop to 4-2 on the season. Brooke Saxton scored on a cross from Lizzy Rasmussen.

"We competed a bit better (Saturday) but we still made the same types of errors as we did (Friday)," Bennett said.

After being down 1-0 at the half against Laramie, Saxton tied the game early in the second half but ILCC gave up a go-ahead goal minutes later that would prove to be the difference.

"We were able to create more offensive movement and possess the ball better (in the second half), unfortunately we gave up a return goal less than two minutes later. Hopefully we can fix a few things going into the game against Century College," Bennett said.

Iowa Lakes will face Century in Spencer today (Tuesday) at 4 p.m.


The Iowa Lakes men couldn't get on the board over the weekend as they fell to Iowa Western, 2-0, on Friday, and 3-0 on Saturday to Barton Community College.

"We fought hard but just couldn't find the back of the net," Bennett said. "We, at times, did some good things, but all too often made mistakes that led directly to goal-scoring opportunities."

The Laker men fell to 2-4 on the season and will also face Century College in Spencer, starting at 6 p.m. for the men's match.

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